Planning a wedding is stressful enough. Adding a global pandemic makes matters much more complicated. Many 2020 brides are postponing their weddings to 2021, and it seems to be the safest choice. It’s ok to feel disappointed or upset. It’s important to acknowledge your feelings and understand that they are valid during these unprecedented times.

After connecting with real brides and wedding planners, here are some tips to walk you through the process of rescheduling your big day.  

Guest Communications

With all the uncertainty you and your fiance are facing in regards to travel restrictions and physical distancing, it can feel overwhelming. For instance, deciding whether you want to postpone your wedding or follow through with the date you have already booked is a huge decision. However, the faster you communicate with your guests regarding the status of your wedding, the easier it will be for them to make arrangements accordingly.

Once you know that you're officially postponing your wedding, you’ll need to get the word out to guests because many may have planned travel or booked hotel rooms. The best thing to do is send an email to friends and family to let them know you’re postponing and will loop back with a rescheduled date soon. Don’t feel like you need to do this alone - ask your parents, fiance or family members for help with calling relatives if needed. 

Also, consider regularly updating your wedding website acknowledging COVID to keep your guests updated. After all the details are eventually confirmed, you can send “change the date” announcements with updated details in the mail. 

 

Access to Indian Fashion

With the heightened travel restrictions to/from India, we’ve heard that it’s been difficult to shop for wedding outfits for brides, bridesmaids and wedding guests. If you were hoping to shop for your wedding lengha or bridesmaid outfits this Summer, or if you're concerned about a current order being delayed after alterations, check in with these stores to see what their COVID-19 policies are.

If you're now considering a micro-wedding ceremony this year, save your fancy bridal attire for the big day and consider finding more alternative options for the smaller ceremony online. We are offering virtual consultations any day of the week at lukhstudio.com in order to provide brides and their wedding guests service and support during the pandemic. 

To set up a virtual consultation, you can book a slot right HERE on our calendar. We ask that you share your mood board or preferred color/style preferences, and we'll give you options from our virtual showroom! 

Here are some of our favorite styles:

The Bindaas Anarkali - Bright and bold, perfect for a Mendhi or Sangeet!

The Roshni Lengha - Ideal for small or outdoor summer and fall wedding ceremonies!

The Tamarind Lengha - A  fresh look for any wedding or reception!

 

Vendor Management

After you’ve decided to postpone your wedding, it’s important to get in touch with your vendors as soon as possible. You’ll want to contact your venue first to find out what other dates they have available. After getting their available dates, check in with your must-have family members and wedding party to confirm which date works best for them. Then, go down the line communicating with other high-priority vendors to see if they’re available too. 

Make sure you amend your contracts or create new ones that reflect your new wedding date and details. Luckily, a lot of vendors are willing to reschedule as long as they have availability. However, if they are already booked, ask for a refund for any security deposits you have paid. It is not guaranteed that they will, but you should always try. In general, when working with your vendors to reschedule, please try to keep an open mind on dates (due limited availability), guest capacity (in accordance with local governance), and staff support (due to many furloughed workers).

If you’re hoping to keep a 2020 date, you may need to be open to another day of the week as many vendors have filled up Saturdays this year. With a new wedding date, the style of your day may change with different weather conditions, color trends, and in-season florals. 

According to expert wedding planner Rupal Patel of Malenia Events, “Some people say changing color palettes from one season to another can be extremely difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Your wedding vision does not need to change at all if you don’t want it to. You can always take your current palette and enhance it…”

She continues, "Spring and Summer brides tend to lean towards the blush, ivory, gold color palette or fuschia/purple with gold accents.

For those postponing weddings from summer to fall/winter, Rupal suggests:

Take your current palette and enhance it to fit into more of a fall/winter theme. Use your original color palette and then deepen the [color of] florals and lighting. If you tend to have more of a neutral palette, add a bold pop of color, like black or a jewel tone. Consider bringing in gold accents through mercury candles, geometric shapes, and glassware. Always keep this in mind: all color palettes are acceptable all year round.


While 2020 has been a crazy year so far, 2021 will be a year of love, joy and weddings on top of weddings. We will be there to help you along the way and celebrate with all of you.