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THE STATUS OF 2020 WEDDINGS

4 min read
April 2020

 

We are hopeful social gatherings will return soon. We are currently monitoring summer weddings and advise our clients to take a wait and see approach so that no one postpones unnecessarily.

Thankfully, we see that every Governor is creating plans to get our country back to our normal routine – but with extra protection in place to safeguard health. These governmental plans are important to watch for everyone who has planned a fall or winter 2020 wedding. We’re also keeping a close eye on all of the social gathering regulations and potential plans for each venue’s jurisdiction.

In all likelihood, if you have a wedding booked with us, your wedding can happen as planned on your scheduled date. As always, our team is here to help you, and they would love to keep your wedding plans on track by working through your wedding planning binder with you.

 - Bill Zaruka, CEO

 

is your WEDDING PLANNED FOR AUGUST 2020 AND BEYOND?

We’re hopeful that your wedding can go ahead as planned.

If you booked your wedding for late 2020, then weathering the COVID-19 storm is a struggle. Your priority is everyone’s health but, during this crisis, thoughts inevitably turn to your wedding and whether it can still happen as scheduled. At Wedgewood Weddings, we’re watching the CDC, state, and local guidelines carefully so we can provide relevant advice. As a company, we made a commitment to all our clients – we will be proactive and let you know if social gathering guidelines change or impact your wedding date.


Sadly, this is something that we have already had to undertake for couples who planned their wedding for spring 2020. Our team worked fast to make the difficult phone calls and get everyone replacement dates that felt comfortable. It wasn’t easy but it was necessary. We phoned the hundreds of impacted clients within days of learning that social gatherings needed to be restricted. In each instance, we had a personal discussion about what would be best for the couple and their guests, so that everyone was involved in the decision-making process and felt fully informed.


HOW CAN WE PROTECT PEOPLE AT OUR VENUES?

At Wedgewood Weddings we have created a critical taskforce to address each area of guest safety. Each person is uniquely equipped to handle the individual tasks before them and has the experience to make sure each item is done properly – the first time.

SANITATION

Wedgewood Weddings’ executive chef, Roman Cota, is spearheading rigorous extra sanitation procedures for the company.

  1. Deep cleaning all our venues while we are closed
  2. Educating our staff on correct sanitation procedures when we reopen
  3. Procuring efficacious disinfection and sanitization supplies

DISTANCING

While it remains uncertain if this is necessary, we are prepared in case we need (or you want) to continue to observe social distancing guidelines. This team is headed by Julia Henning, a Cornell alumna who has 20 years of experience in the hospitality and event-planning industry. This team’s priorities are:

  1. Reorganizing venues to provide increased space between guests throughout events, this includes venue flow to reduce bottlenecks, banquet and ceremony spacing, etc.
  2. Staff training to help protect guests while encouraging fun
  3. Preparation with masks and disposable gloves as needed


VENDOR SUPPORT

When you book with Wedgewood Weddings, you immediately get full access to our expertise as well as introductions to our artisanal vendor partners. It’s critical that our vendors remain informed, healthy, and able to support our clients' needs. Our vendor partners are like family to us and one of the key things that sets Wedgewood Weddings apart. Communication with vendor partners is organized by Bill Zaruka, CEO.

  1. Assisting our partners to get the financial support they need so they can remain wedding-ready throughout the crisis
  2. Ongoing communication so that vendors know which clients have postponed and which are on track for their original dates so that they are ready to help you as you need it
  3. Preparing social distancing activities to support entertainment options at weddings via DJs and photographers so that guests and couples can fully enjoy the event

CLIENT COMMUNICATION

Managed by your local regional manager, this team is making sure that all clients are contacted as needed, so that you remain informed and able to prepare for your wedding.

  1. Communicate so you know your venue's status in ample time
  2. Keep the team organized so that your personal wedding plan remains on track
  3. Arrange staffing so that as our offices reopen and team members return from furlough, everyone is up to speed on your event needs

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The coronavirus crisis is challenging for everybody but especially hard if you are planning a wedding and need to decide how to protect yourselves and your guests. We’re confident that, as social gathering restrictions are relaxed, we will be able to return to romantic celebrations while also prioritizing health.

We’re hopeful that as soon as next month, Wedgewood Weddings venues in many states will reopen and you will be able to complete your wedding planning meetings in person if you choose. 

Things will look a little different, we may have limitations on the number of people who can attend your planning meetings, and our staff may be wearing masks to help keep you safe. We are committed to maintaining vigorous sanitation standards at all our venues and hope that you will do what you can to support us as we begin to return to business as usual. By working together, we can prepare for your fall or winter 2020 event and be sure that it is as romantic, entertaining, and beautiful as you always expected.

Many people are asking 'what should we do if we have a Fall 2020 wedding?' We hope this provides the answers you need.

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DURING THE PANDEMIC, ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. THE STATEMENTS IN THIS ARTICLE ARE CORRECT AS OF April 21, 2020.

WEDGEWOOD WEDDINGS IS PROUD TO WORK WITH
RESPECTED WEDDING & EVENT AUTHORITIES

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