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  • Olivia De Santos

How Covid19 Could Affect Your 2021 Destination Wedding (Postponed, Planned or Pictured)

Firstly, I hope you are reading this, safe and well at home. I am glad that so many people are finding this information helpful! I know that there is a Covid19 saturation point but I want to do what I can to help anyone who is confused right now and stressing out. Some more general wedding advice will be coming soon - I promise! Today we are tackling how the Coronavirus could affect your 2021 wedding in Portugal or anywhere else in the world for that matter. Now it's important to remember, I am just a humble destination wedding planner in Portugal - not an epidemiologist or politician. No one truly knows the trajectory of this virus and I encourage you to do your own research. That said, I have witnessed some very measurable changes for 2021 couples that I think you should know. Before we dive in, this blog is split into three parts: - If your wedding was postponed from 2020 to 2021 - If your wedding was already booked for 2021 - If you are thinking about having your wedding in 2021 There will be juicy tips and predictions for whatever stage you are at so just skip to the section that is relevant to you! Right enough waffling now Olivia. Let's get into the meat and potatoes.

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If your wedding was postponed from 2020 to 2021... heart goes out to you. It is such a devastating thing to go through when you slowly realise that your dream wedding in your chosen destination may not happen. Maybe your flights were cancelled. Maybe travel bans were put in place. Or maybe your lockdown has an indefinite end and it felt like the better thing to do than to risk it. Whatever your reasons are, you have postponed your wedding to 2021, so here are the things you need to know:

1. Suppliers and venues may ask you for extra fees to postpone to a peak weekend date You should be prepared for some of your suppliers to request an extra payment if you decide to move your wedding to a peak weekend date in 2021. This is because, by booking you in for a popular wedding date next year, they will be making quite a big loss by not making a new sale. Every supplier is handling this process differently but I encourage you to be sensitive, and hopefully they will also be sensitive when asking for this payment. Speak to them on the phone if possible and come to an agreement together. Suppliers are facing financial ruin after a ruined 2020 season but, of course, we are also sensitive to the fact that you may also be going through hard times. Listen to each other. Understand each other. Hear both sides and make an amicable agreement between you. A bonus tip here would be to pay your suppliers in full if you are financially in the position to do so before your original 2020 date. This could be a good compromise but of course, this must be reviewed case by case.

2. Dates will be going quickly Bear in mind that you are not the only couple to have to postpone their wedding, so once you have made this decision - ACT FAST. Use my tips in my postponement blog to get the availability of all of your suppliers for your prime dates and lock them in pronto!

3. It may take some time to build excitement again I wouldn't be surprised if this whole stressful ordeal has really kicked you down. Wedding planning no longer feels fun and I understand that more than anyone. I had 5 eager, hopeful couples this season all of a sudden have their wedding day taken away from them. The dejection and lack of passion is real. It could take a little bit of time to build up that excitement again, but it will come back! Take a long break from planning and agree to come back to it when things are more settled. Take a step back, focus on your family and work life and your wedding planning passion will resurface when the time comes. It is not important right now. Just take care of yourselves!

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If your wedding was already booked for 2021…

… the Coronavirus may have set some chill in your bones. Not only may it have affected your own income in some way, but it could also affect guests. With a planned 2021 wedding, you have the gift of time to save again and recover from this global tragedy. So what effects could it have on your wedding? Well… 1. Prices could go up (but I doubt by much) I know this is a bit of a cop out answer, because, in general, every business increases their prices every 1-2 years. It is a normal part of our economic cycle as it is for most industries. There is a debate as to whether, in the wedding industry, there will be a dramatic increase next year. I highly doubt it though as we are all aware that the whole world has taken a hit - not just us! 2. Flight prices could drop We are unclear about this as the travel industry (and health care of course) are clearly struggling a huge amount at this moment in time. This could cause incredibly cheap flights and mega sales to occur in the autumn time. Keep an eye out for some deals along the pipeline. 3. Supplier dates are going fast You may need to accelerate your planning a little bit as weddings are moved to next summer. Supplier availability is waning as they fulfill their contracts with their 2020 clients who have now become 2021 clients. This is accelerated by suppliers who put limits on their availability (like I do!). If you are working from home now or are on sabbatical, I would use this time to research wedding vendors that you may like and get a gauge for their availability asap.

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If you are thinking about getting married in 2021…'ll be in the middle of a wedding boom! Given that so many 2020 destination weddings are being moved to 2021, there will be much higher quantities of weddings next year which is insane to think about. My predictions for you are very much mirroring the above so read those as they may help you. Here are my specific tips to you: 1. Don't delay - start your planning NOW No matter when in the year you are thinking about getting married, dates are going fast with venues, suppliers and planners alike. You are in a race for the best dates with not one, but the two sets of couples above! Do not delay on any aspect of your planning. You need to get started now to be in with a good chance of securing high quality wedding vendors and the venues you really want. 2. There may be delays in getting back to you When reaching out to suppliers, you'll need to be patient as things are a bit hectic for us. It is better to send out that enquiry email now, and it take a couple of days to a week to get a response, than to not send that enquiry until a couple of weeks down the line, and miss out on booking the high quality supplier you really want. So that is alot of information to process! Wherever you are in the planning stages, I just want you to know that suppliers do want to support you through this. We are here to answer your questions and help guide the way.

Any questions, please do let me know on Instagram Stay safe and sane! Olivia x