During the discussion on our Instagram live stream Monday, March 23, wedding planner and a current bride and groom advise those who are planning their wedding within the next 2/3 months to strongly consider postponing and discussed the affects COVID-19 is having on the event industry.
"If you're in May, you probably have to think about postponing. And if you're in June or July, you have to just take it day by day." said Anthony Battista, Director of Operations and Event Host for Eclipse Events.
Connie and Mike, a current bride and groom who recently postponed their wedding from Sunday, May 3 to Monday, Aug. 10 discussed their tough decision to move their wedding and what their decision was based around.
"The biggest part of our decision was based on who was important to us, who would come and who wouldn't come." said Connie.
Throughout their whole journey of having to plan a wedding the first time and then having to postpone their special day, they emphasized how important vendors and venues were willing to work and be there for them.
"We are working with really great people starting with Eclipse Events, to the florist, to our photographer, to The Venetian, everyone has been really understanding throughout this time. I mean, it's been stressful for you guys too as vendors, it's stressful for people who run venues and it's a lot to handle, but I really have so much more confidence now knowing that we have a good backbone because everyone has made the postponing than I could've hoped. It was really simple planning a wedding now compared to the first time." said Connie.
Danielle Plis, Owner of Plisful Planning also been communicating with clients via text, calls, facetimes and emails just like us and increasing the frequency of her communication throughout this difficult time.
"I have been working closely with my reliable vendors and keeping a consistent open line for communication to ensure a seamless transition and to reduce client anxiety. Also, I am utilizing available resources and have continued to collaborate with established partnerships." said Plis.
As for the event industry and event professionals, she believes this is a real opportunity to grow, network and be more resourceful and think outside of the box.
"Although this pandemic is inevitable, so is happiness and love. Moving forward, I think this brings real opportunity for industry professionals to grow, network, be more resourceful and think outside the box. Building trustworthy relationships with top notch vendors such as Eclipse Events and Plisful Planning will ensure that you as the client will be treated like family. Being a bride myself, I approve this message."
We also sat down later in the week with Tom Gambuzza from Elegant Music Group to hear his thoughts on the entertainment industry and to hear some word of advice he has to give to those dealing with postponements and cancellations. You can watch the full interview below:
"As far as we are concerned we are still meeting with clients virtually online, we are willing to postpone the date within a year, there's no hidden fees or charges, we are willing to work with people the best we can." said Battista.
To learn more about our protocols and the actions we are taking as a company, click here. For new clients looking to inquire about an event go to our contact page and we will be in touch with you to start planning your special day.