Wedding planning is stressful–no doubt. Add in a new strain of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and BOOM! The nation is on lockdown for a couple of weeks. In the last seven days, weddings have been canceled across the country, postponed, and couples are feeling the pressure. (No worries, I also feel the force as a wedding photographer!) While the wedding industry and engaged couples navigate the uncertainty of the next several weeks and months, please remember to take care of you. You will be marrying the love of your life, and while it may not be quite when or how you planned it, that is the most important thing. Do not let the wedding planning coronavirus news stress you out! If you have to postpone your wedding because of venue guidelines and the coronavirus outbreak check out this article by The Knot full of a few suggestions and guidelines:
Here are a few tips to help YOU take care of YOU during this time. I hope that you find these tips helpful while navigating the future of wedding planning during the coronavirus outbreak.
Social Media Fast, Anyone?
There are so many things being shared minute by minute on social media outlets regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. It is also easy to go down a rabbit hole with all the information shared. Take a break from social media for several hours of the day, and when you do decide to log in to one of the many platforms, give yourself a time limit.
I have found myself journaling more and more. Journaling can help couples focus on the future and their lives together as one. Journaling can help to ease anxiety. I suggest focusing on things that you are grateful for; write down three a day and expand on each one. Set a timer for this, and when you are done, tell me how much better you feel!
Reduce News Sources
We are all aware that there are many news outlets for us to receive information. We also know how much misinformation there is out there, too. I suggest limiting the number of news sources and media outlets that you read daily. The multiple numbers of articles and broadcasts can undoubtedly be overwhelming. I recently removed notifications from CNN and The Huffington Post from my phone, and it has been a lifesaver. If there is something that I want to know/read about, I go to their websites to read the information, and then I am done with the news for the day!
This, too, shall past. As a meme says, “it may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.” Coronavirus is not the end. Your wedding will happen, and when it does, it will be the most fantastic day of your dreams. Your wedding vendors are here for you, and during these times, we will make sure that you have the best wedding day ever!
I hope this helps you while wedding planning during the coronavirus outbreak in the weeks ahead! If you need to talk, please feel free to contact me by email or phone!