Planning Your Wedding or Event during COVID-19

Well that escalated quickly.

Wow. Where do I even start? I guess I’ll just ask right off the bat…how are YOU doing? This past week has really turned into something pretty hairy. Anyone remember Y2K? And we thought that was crazy!! I know that things are rough right now for a lot of people so, again, how are you doing? I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and practicing good habits to keep others safe. I know that social distancing is hard, and all these mass cancellations of major national events are going to be have an impact on our economy, but it was the right thing to do to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of this even further.

So all medical stuff put aside for a second, what I really wanted to do was reach out to all of you and let you know how things are going on my end and to give you some information if you have an event coming up, either with me or someone else, or whether you were in the midst of planning an event here in Houston or New England in the coming months or year.

SHOULD I CANCEL? 
This is the biggest question that event professionals are being asked right now. And while there are a million posts on the web already from lots of other sources, I just want to take a second to touch on how this could effect MY Houston and New England clients. I will be totally honest with you and tell you that I had two events cancel. One was supposed to be last night, a birthday party and the guests were all going to be over the age of 60. This was a smart choice and we are all working together to reschedule on a date that all the vendors are available. The other was a charity event in April for kids with cancer. This was also an easy call. The hospital was in no way going to put these compromised children at risk. If you were planning something in the month of April, it is my professional opinion, and the opinion of medical professionals, that you should consider postponing. NOT CANCELING, just postponing. While this thing is still spreading it’s all of our responsibilities to contain it. This month and next month are crucial to making that happen. If your event is in May and beyond, you are ok with moving ahead business as usual. I do not think you need to reschedule your event.

SHOULD I STOP PLANNING A FUTURE EVENT? Absolutely not. If you already had plans in the works for a fall or winter wedding then there is no reason for you to halt those plans. In fact, a little wedding planning is probably the BEST thing you could be doing right now because it will take your mind off all the noise and keep you from watching the news! So yes, full steam ahead my friends! And if you and I were starting talks about your wedding planning, but can’t meet in person right now due to some social distancing practices, no worries! I’m here to make this easy for you. That’s why the internet was invented! We can arrange a Zoom conference call or if you’re an iPhone user we can FaceTime. There ARE ways that we can still communicate through all of this. I am here for you!

This is going to effect the event industry in the short term, but like I’ve said, we’ve all built a solid foundation for you so that we get through this together. There are LOTS of resources out there to educate you on how you can be supporting small business right now through all of this. I just wanted to give some succinct info on how this is effecting my clients. As always, if you have more specific questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me. This post had the potential to be super long, but I didn’t want to do that. If you need anything, just ask me! 

I care deeply about all of you. 

 

So what is happening this summer?

Summer plans have not changed. I will still be coming home to Maine in July with my family. While there I’ll be spending quality time with loved ones and also taking on portrait clients. If you are interested in a beach session or even a session at home, contact me soon! Let’s get a date on the calendar. To see some of last summer’s work, head on over to the blog! Some examples are HERE, HERE, and HERE. There are other lovely sessions there too. So be sure to check them all out. Planning a small wedding or courthouse elopement? Then I’m your gal! Let’s talk. 

Hang in there!

As always, thank you so much for staying in touch with me through good times and bad. I want you to know that I’m always here for you. If you ever need anything, don’t hesitate to ask. Until we meet again, stay safe, stay calm, and wash your hands!  

xoxo
Anne

 

P.S. curious about the toilet paper image at the top? That is from my own closet. And while I certainly do not recommend hoarding this kind of stuff, it is certainly nice to have on hand. I buy my tp from a company called Who Gives A Crap. (Yes, that’s the actual name of the company.) They donate proceeds of their sales to sanitation projects around the world in places without toilets. It is delivered to me every three months in a giant case, so I never run out. Want to support a good cause with your choice of household purchases? Here is a link to $10 off your first order. You’re welcome! They may be out of product right now due this craziness, but they will restock soon.