Guest post by : Becoming Mrs Jones
Postponing your wedding date or rather have an intimate wedding during a pandemic?
The current pandemic is having a profound effect on both businesses in the wedding industry as well as couples that were planning on getting married.
Since March 2020, businesses have been adapting to regulations set out by the government, and couples are having to make the hard decision to either postpone their wedding or proceed with taking their vows in isolation.
The big question is ‘Should You Postpone’ or ‘Should The Show Go On’? Let's look at the options that are available to you and how to get your marriage certificate.
Should You Postpone? There is no wrong answer here, and you need to do what is comfortable for you and your partner. Even after the lockdown regulations have been lifted, you may not feel comfortable enough to relax and celebrate on your wedding day, or you may feel that "the show must go on". The important thing to remember is that you are getting married. Period. It may just be on a date that you didn't originally decide on, or with less guests.
If you make the decision to postpone your wedding beyond the lockdown regulation lift, speak to your wedding vendors to find out the best way to postpone your wedding. Many vendors are allowing couples to postpone their weddings for an additional fee.
If you have decided on a new date, double check with all your vendors that they are available on your newly selected date. If they are, then great! But if not, be ready to start searching for new vendors for your big day. If a vendor is not available for your new date, speak to them about what options are available to you and your partner; perhaps refundable deposits, or are they working closely with another supplier to help couples still have their big day. It's important to remember that not all vendors will have the same options available to couples.
The Show Must Go On. You have been looking forward to your wedding for months, and not being able to go ahead with your big day would come as a massive disappointment, but there are still options for you to tie the knot. Let’s look at a few.
If you did get married during the level 4 and 5 restrictions, you may now apply for your marriage certificate as Home Affairs has officially resumed marriage services during the level 3 national lockdown.
Don't have time to apply yourself? We love Bunny Hop's frustration free document services to help with document applications if you don't have the time to apply in person.
About the Author:
Tyla Jones - Founder and Author of Becoming Mrs Jones - started South Africa’s newest wedding inspirational blog as the perfect place to find the best online resources to help couples plan their dream wedding. After planning her wedding in 2018 and realising that planning a wedding is no easy feat, she created an online platform to help Brides and Grooms around South Africa plan their wedding with ease.