Let's talk SILVER LININGS – the benefits of postponing your wedding
In my experience as a KZN wedding planner, most engagements last from a year to eighteen months. But now, in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic, many couples are having to make the heartbreaking decision to push back their wedding dates. If you’re one of these brides or grooms, you will undoubtedly be feeling sad and disappointed. However, while painful, there are definitely some benefits to postponing your wedding. Yes, you read that right! There really are lots of pluses to a longer engagement. I hope they will help you stay positive as you continue with your wedding planning.
While painful, there are definitely some benefits to postponing your wedding.
More time to save money
There’s no getting away from it: weddings are expensive! If you’re lucky enough to be able to continue working during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ll also have more time to budget and save for your wedding. You’ll be able to opt for luxury wedding details that you couldn’t afford before, or add in elements like videography or additional florals. Plus, you won’t have to worry about rush fees, and you may even benefit from some back-to-work discounts that wedding suppliers are offering.
More time to invest in your relationship
No matter how long you’ve been together, couples are learning even more about each other at this time. A crisis like Coronavirus forces us to lean on one another, re-evaluate our priorities, and consider the future. Use some of your extra time in lockdown to tackle the big questions, like whether (and when) you want children, how you plan to raise them, whether you’ll have a prenup, and where you want to live. Postponing your wedding gives you the gift of extra time to invest in building the foundations of your relationship before you say “I do”.
Postponing your wedding gives you the gift of extra time to invest in building the foundations of your relationship.
A chance to get the details just right
Did you have any wedding ideas you had to abandon because you were running out of time? How about DIY projects or personalised elements? A longer engagement gives you more time to clarify your wedding vision, and go over every detail. And my team and I are right here to help and inspire you!
Hello, dream honeymoon!
A longer engagement doesn’t just give you the chance to save for the wedding. You can also add to the honeymoon fund, and take the trip of a lifetime! Plus, with the tourism sector being particularly badly hit by Coronavirus, you’ll be able to help put money back into the travel economy when it’s most needed.
When this crazy time is over, there will be an atmosphere of celebration like the world has never seen.
A celebration like no other
I believe that when this crazy time is over, there will be an atmosphere of celebration like the world has never seen. Think of all the things we took for granted before: hanging out with friends, going to a party, wine (!). Weddings will be an opportunity to truly celebrate life and have the mother of all jols – all in the name of love!
Of course, postponing your wedding during a pandemic has challenges as well as benefits, but it’s worth trying to see the silver linings. And remember, your wedding may have been postponed, but your relationship has not. And while the date of your big day may change, the heart of it is your love for one another. That remains untouched.
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