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COVID-19 & Your Houston Wedding Planning

March 23, 2020

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COVID-19 and your Houston Wedding Planning

It’s no secret that the virus COVID-19 has touched all our lives in some way or another. I wish I could say that was true just in Houston, or just in America, but it’s worldwide. I remember being a teenager and young adult loving movies about pandemics. Being in awe of how they developed and the responses of governments. The viruses that can do this are really fascinating. At least on TV. I even had the game on my first iPhone that attempted to create a virus that spread across the whole world. To win the game you had to create an infection that no countries innovation could stop.

It felt like fiction. Like something could never happen because of our advanced medicine, our excellent leaders, and in general technological lifestyle. We can 3D print body parts for goodness sakes! It truly felt like fiction.

Well today friends, it isn’t fiction. It might not be as deadly as in the movies (not to say that it isn’t!). It might not be airborne or quite as contagious in the movies. It might not be happening as unrealistically quickly as in the movies. But it’s happening.

At the time of writing this, Thursday, March 19th, there are lots of reported cases in Texas.  However, I still believe the number of cases to be higher than reported due to the lack of test kits as well as how the symptoms can present. President Trump at one point made a remark that this could be affecting our lives even in August. I can certainly see how that might be true. I am genuinely hoping our government’s response and strict mandates locally will flatten the curve so to speak and will lessen the time it takes to eradicate COVID-19.

Our efforts to stop the spread

I and my family have been taking COVID-19 extremely seriously from the start. Even before it was published to have made its way into America we were sanitizing like crazy and starting to practice social distancing. My grandparents began a quarantine well before it was recommended. We’ve been extra diligent about teaching our toddler and monitoring his hand-washing and touching all the faces.

There are lots of reasons for that the biggest being my clients. If I was a carrier for COVID-19 and came to your wedding I could potentially give it to others. It is impossible for me to do my job while also being hyper-aware of social distancing. Yes, I can use zoom lenses to keep further away- but then my work won’t look like what you’re used to.

There are several times throughout the day we have close contact with the couple and guests. Not to mention all the greeting and hugging that just feels natural at a celebration. So while I knew it was important to stay away from the virus because I have asthma and it could be fatal for me, because I have a toddler, and because I don’t want to give it to the elders in my family. It is also extremely important that I don’t accidentally transmit the virus to your favorite people. And I take that seriously. So let’s talk about your wedding.

Florals: MAXIT Flower Design, Dinnerware: Your Butlers Pantry, Linens: House of Hough

Your Houston Wedding & COVID-19

I have reached out to all our 2020 couples with their options on potential reschedules. Many couples have chosen to reschedule for a later date. Some under a mandated time of no gatherings of more than 10 people and some couples out of caution even though no executive order covers their date at this time. My advice is the same for every couple as it is a deeply personal decision on how to proceed during this unprecedented time.

Keep Planning Your Wedding

If you’re planning for a late 2020 wedding or early 2021 celebration. I encourage you to continue planning as usual. Perhaps even a bit quicker. This is two-fold- with Spring 2020 and early Summer 2020 couples postponing to late 2020 and early 2021 your date could go with vendors much quicker than you anticipated. So while it might have been easy to get your favorite venue, planner, and photographer for a Spring 2021 date- it might go quicker than you anticipated now. So don’t delay reaching out!

The second reason continuing to plan your Houston wedding amid the COVID crisis is so important is to stay happy and excited! I know it’s hard to be optimistic while so much pain is going on in the world. You can’t turn on the news and it be lighthearted it seems like. This too shall pass. I don’t believe anyone will ever forget COVID-19 in Houston or anywhere else. However, we can all try to keep positive and make it through as a community. One of the ways to do that is to continue the happy parts of life- including your wedding planning! Which if we’re being completely honest happens via computer mostly anyways! So let’s keep calm and carry on!

Get creative with your Wedding

If you simply cannot wait for your fiancé to become your spouse then don’t! Your existing wedding date can become an elopement with social distancing. Grab your officiant, let me know we’re moving ahead with a small ceremony, get your florist on board, and let’s go! Then reschedule the majority of your vendors to host a reception later down the line. That way your friends and family can celebrate the start of your marriage without you having to wait to say, “I do!”

I’m getting creative in my business to accommodate a pivot in what couples need, and I am encouraging couples to do the same. Pivot how your day feels and looks depending on what you really want and how you can do it in today’s climate.

Trust your Houston Wedding Professionals

If you’ve already picked your wedding dream team and are postponing- trust them. They truly have your best interests at heart. That’s why you picked them, right? Absolutely do your due diligence and go over contracts with them and reacquaint yourself with their policies. After that, trust them.

If you don’t have everyone reserved for your date just yet trust that your friendors want you to reserve your date so they can love on you! I can’t speak for the entirety of the wedding industry. However, I love my couples. I and my team pour so much of our time and talents into you, your fiancé and your families- how could we not care about you?!

We want to give you the best advice possible. The first step? Reserving your date! If COVID-19 continues we will absolutely look at rescheduling your Houston wedding. That’s why I’m going over the AYP reschedule policies with every couple that books for the foreseeable future. It’s important for us to be on the same page about it.  As I mentioned before, wedding planning is going to start moving faster so getting your date on the calendar is going to be step 1!

I’ve heard bridal boutiques recommending brides to pick their dresses as soon as possible due to delays in China. Another great example of trusting the advice of your vendors! I’ve been giving my couples and inquiries lots of advice so far. Seek it from all your vendors though!

Resources from Houston Wedding Vendors regarding COVID

Luxury Wedding Planner, Claudia of A Day To Remember, writes How is Corona Virus affecting your Wedding (and steps to take!) She is also extending hourly services to couples who did not initially hire a wedding planner, but need help navigating the postponement process.

Christine, of Swish and Click Photography (wedding photography for super fun and nerdy couples!), writes 5 Tips on Planning a Wedding During the Coronavirus.

I’ll be posting more resources from vendors as they are released. If you have any specific questions please do not hesitate to reach out at alicia@aliciayarrish.com

COVID-19 and your Houston Wedding Planning

It’s no secret that the virus COVID-19 has touched all our lives in some way or another. I wish I could say that was true just in Houston, or just in America, but it’s worldwide. I remember being a teenager and young adult loving movies about pandemics. Being in awe of how they developed and the responses of governments. The viruses that can do this are really fascinating. At least on TV. I even had the game on my first iPhone that attempted to create a virus that spread across the whole world. To win the game you had to create an infection that no countries innovation could stop.

It felt like fiction. Like something could never happen because of our advanced medicine, our excellent leaders, and in general technological lifestyle. We can 3D print body parts for goodness sakes! It truly felt like fiction.

Well today friends, it isn’t fiction. It might not be as deadly as in the movies (not to say that it isn’t!). It might not be airborne or quite as contagious in the movies. It might not be happening as unrealistically quickly as in the movies. But it’s happening.

At the time of writing this, Thursday, March 19th, there are lots of reported cases in Texas.  However, I still believe the number of cases to be higher than reported due to the lack of test kits as well as how the symptoms can present. President Trump at one point made a remark that this could be affecting our lives even in August. I can certainly see how that might be true. I am genuinely hoping our government’s response and strict mandates locally will flatten the curve so to speak and will lessen the time it takes to eradicate COVID-19.

Our efforts to stop the spread

I and my family have been taking COVID-19 extremely seriously from the start. Even before it was published to have made its way into America we were sanitizing like crazy and starting to practice social distancing. My grandparents began a quarantine well before it was recommended. We’ve been extra diligent about teaching our toddler and monitoring his hand-washing and touching all the faces.

There are lots of reasons for that the biggest being my clients. If I was a carrier for COVID-19 and came to your wedding I could potentially give it to others. It is impossible for me to do my job while also being hyper-aware of social distancing. Yes, I can use zoom lenses to keep further away- but then my work won’t look like what you’re used to.

There are several times throughout the day we have close contact with the couple and guests. Not to mention all the greeting and hugging that just feels natural at a celebration. So while I knew it was important to stay away from the virus because I have asthma and it could be fatal for me, because I have a toddler, and because I don’t want to give it to the elders in my family. It is also extremely important that I don’t accidentally transmit the virus to your favorite people. And I take that seriously. So let’s talk about your wedding.

Florals: MAXIT Flower Design, Dinnerware: Your Butlers Pantry, Linens: House of Hough

Your Houston Wedding & COVID-19

I have reached out to all our 2020 couples with their options on potential reschedules. Many couples have chosen to reschedule for a later date. Some under a mandated time of no gatherings of more than 10 people and some couples out of caution even though no executive order covers their date at this time. My advice is the same for every couple as it is a deeply personal decision on how to proceed during this unprecedented time.

Keep Planning Your Wedding

If you’re planning for a late 2020 wedding or early 2021 celebration. I encourage you to continue planning as usual. Perhaps even a bit quicker. This is two-fold- with Spring 2020 and early Summer 2020 couples postponing to late 2020 and early 2021 your date could go with vendors much quicker than you anticipated. So while it might have been easy to get your favorite venue, planner, and photographer for a Spring 2021 date- it might go quicker than you anticipated now. So don’t delay reaching out!

The second reason continuing to plan your Houston wedding amid the COVID crisis is so important is to stay happy and excited! I know it’s hard to be optimistic while so much pain is going on in the world. You can’t turn on the news and it be lighthearted it seems like. This too shall pass. I don’t believe anyone will ever forget COVID-19 in Houston or anywhere else. However, we can all try to keep positive and make it through as a community. One of the ways to do that is to continue the happy parts of life- including your wedding planning! Which if we’re being completely honest happens via computer mostly anyways! So let’s keep calm and carry on!

Get creative with your Wedding

If you simply cannot wait for your fiancé to become your spouse then don’t! Your existing wedding date can become an elopement with social distancing. Grab your officiant, let me know we’re moving ahead with a small ceremony, get your florist on board, and let’s go! Then reschedule the majority of your vendors to host a reception later down the line. That way your friends and family can celebrate the start of your marriage without you having to wait to say, “I do!”

I’m getting creative in my business to accommodate a pivot in what couples need, and I am encouraging couples to do the same. Pivot how your day feels and looks depending on what you really want and how you can do it in today’s climate.

Trust your Houston Wedding Professionals

If you’ve already picked your wedding dream team and are postponing- trust them. They truly have your best interests at heart. That’s why you picked them, right? Absolutely do your due diligence and go over contracts with them and reacquaint yourself with their policies. After that, trust them.

If you don’t have everyone reserved for your date just yet trust that your friendors want you to reserve your date so they can love on you! I can’t speak for the entirety of the wedding industry. However, I love my couples. I and my team pour so much of our time and talents into you, your fiancé and your families- how could we not care about you?!

We want to give you the best advice possible. The first step? Reserving your date! If COVID-19 continues we will absolutely look at rescheduling your Houston wedding. That’s why I’m going over the AYP reschedule policies with every couple that books for the foreseeable future. It’s important for us to be on the same page about it.  As I mentioned before, wedding planning is going to start moving faster so getting your date on the calendar is going to be step 1!

I’ve heard bridal boutiques recommending brides to pick their dresses as soon as possible due to delays in China. Another great example of trusting the advice of your vendors! I’ve been giving my couples and inquiries lots of advice so far. Seek it from all your vendors though!

Resources from Houston Wedding Vendors regarding COVID

Luxury Wedding Planner, Claudia of A Day To Remember, writes How is Corona Virus affecting your Wedding (and steps to take!) She is also extending hourly services to couples who did not initially hire a wedding planner, but need help navigating the postponement process.

Christine, of Swish and Click Photography (wedding photography for super fun and nerdy couples!), writes 5 Tips on Planning a Wedding During the Coronavirus.

I’ll be posting more resources from vendors as they are released. If you have any specific questions please do not hesitate to reach out at alicia@aliciayarrish.com

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