You have spent the last year to year and a half planning your big day…and then COVID-19 strikes. You are frozen in fear, angry and really frustrated with what to do next, or even what to do first!  Below are three things to ask your currently booked venue to help you and your fiancé come up with a plan.

  1. Ask “what happens if my guest count falls below the minimum required guest count?”

Once venues are able to open their doors again, there may be restrictions on how many people can gather or how many of your guests are feeling comfortable traveling.

  • Reread your contract so you are educated on what terms you previously signed under.
  • Push your venue to work with you on a lowered guest count, so that you can still say “I do” in 2020.
  1. Ask “is my deposit good towards a new date if desired?”

It is important to know what will happen to your deposit if the date is going to be changed.

  • If the date is moved due to government shutdown- this requires a different level of understanding. Is your deposit good towards any other booked date AND fully refundable?
  • If the date is moved due to YOU choosing to do so- make sure to understand your deposit options if you choose to move your date. This is a great time to ask about pricing increases if you are wanting to change your wedding date to 2021.
  1. Ask “how far in advance do we need to make the decision to rebook or stay scheduled?”

This question is crucial in being able to make a plan.

  • Require a hard date by which you are required to make a decision about moving your date (without penalty) and then get it in writing.
  • Ask how far out the venue is going to make a call about rescheduling your wedding due to government shutdown. This information will help you plan how to alert your guests, vendors, etc.
  • Check with your vendors to make sure they are all still operating.

Our staff is always here to help!  We are also offer elopements for couples affected by COVID-19.  Feel free to call us at 815-881-1180 or email at