A Love Letter To Brides & Grooms
By Helen Keletzis & Claudio Coppola
When planning for your wedding, people often tell you to be ready for just about anything. We don't think they meant for what transpired over the last year. With venues and restaurants being forced to limit guests and eventually shut down completely, couples went into panic mode and became confused and stressed. One minute they were dreaming of walking down the aisle, the next minute it became a nightmare of whether it would even be possible again. They were never given any clear answers from anyone. No-one could tell them when, or if, things would go back to normal again soon. The dates kept moving forward from 3 months to 6 months to 9 months. Now here they are almost a year later, still with no definitive answers, and still panicking.
Our hearts went out to our couples who had to put a hold on starting their new life together. Sadly, as photographer and videographer vendors, we had no answers for them either. The truth is pretty much everyone in the wedding industry were completely blindsided by this whole pandemic too. No-one knew whether to simply postpone their events for a couple of months or book everything for the following year instead, making it difficult for any of us to schedule.
Your dream day will happen and you will still get to walk down the aisle and marry the person that you were meant to. You will still get to spend the rest of your life with that person. So take a step back, breathe and create a plan of action for when that time comes. Covid-19 may have tried to knock us down, but we will all come back stronger from this.
There’s definitely power in positivity, and we all need to learn to take each day as it comes, so we have put together some information that you may find helpful in creating that plan of action:
KEEP IN CONTACT WITH YOUR VENDORS
By now all the vendors you previously dealt with have put their own plan of action into place and are making accommodations for future dates. As they are the ones who will help you put your wedding together, it's good to talk to them about what’s next on a regular basis. They want nothing more than to relieve all your stresses. To do that, you must be understanding and work together. Keep an open mind and realize that you may have to accept more last minute changes. One idea to consider is planning your future dates during a weekday. This may give you a better chance of securing all your original vendors together again, at a time of year you would prefer.
COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY WITH YOUR GUESTS
Creating a communication plan to inform your guests of any last minute changes through social media is not only thoughtful, but less stressful on you. Have a wedding website set up to relay and send out quick and simple messages to everyone who is involved with your event at the same time. This is a perfect way to not only ensure everyone is informed properly, but you can make it fun and add pictures and stories reflecting the planning and waiting stages. Which brings us to our next action...
CELEBRATE THE ORIGINAL DAY ANYWAY
If you have had to postpone your wedding, it does not mean you have to render the original date useless. It will always hold significance for you so go ahead and celebrate anyways. Besides, what else do you have to do during a pandemic? Decorate with balloons, get dressed up, have some champagne, order dinner in and take a lot of selfies. Don't forget to post them all on your wedding website. You can also have this mini celebration through zoom, or social distancing, and share the love with your guests. Just enjoy what could have been, and look forward to what will be.
ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR FEELINGS
Don't forget to let yourself feel a little sad. This important date had been in the works for a long time, and its perfectly valid to get emotional about all the changes taking place. With things still up in the air, feeling frustrated and overwhelmed is natural. This brings us back to our first point of why keeping in contact with all your vendors is so important. They can help ease your anxiety and help you set realistic expectations.
Our clients are our pride and joy and we love each and every one of them. We will continue to ensure that when your special day finally arrives, it will be a bigger, better and more significant celebration. We shouldn't worry about what we can't control. We have all made it this far, and we will all get through the rest of it together! If there’s one thing that we can be sure of is that love conquers all!
About the Authors:
Butterfly Kisses Photography (Helen) & Coppola Films (Claudio) have over 12 years of experience in the photography and cinematography industry. Be it weddings or casual outings, they know how to capture the emotions attached with the events and ensure that the photos and films exceed their clients expectations, giving them intangible treasures to cherish for generations.
Visit their website to find out more information and book a consultation. https://www.coppola.ca/