I had a number of clients who were forced to reschedule or cancel this year in Tahoe due to the Caldor Fire – had they purchased insurance, it would have covered their loses. Vendor payments are non-refundable for a reason: from the minute you start talking to us, we are working. It covers the amount of time that we put in over the course of your relationship with us.
The nitty gritty of what I’m saying is this: prepare for the worst and understand that smoke and wildfire is a threat and likelihood every single summer in Tahoe. If your venue or vendors won’t allow you to reschedule, insurance can cover the money you would otherwise lose.
Create a Plan B.
When you’re planning your dream day, it’s hard to think about all of the things that could go wrong. But coming up with a solid Plan B that you wouldn’t be disappointed with is crucial and, honestly, realistic, when planning a wedding today. Say your Plan A is a 200-300-person guest list in a ballroom venue with a served six-course meal. Your Plan B should include what it may look like to cut that guest list in half (at least), have it outdoors, and hire a food truck. Seriously, consider all the possibilities, that way you’re not surprised when you need to bend a little. If you’re not sure how to go about that, read my post on how to downsize your wedding without downsizing your expectations.
Check your sources and book early.
We all remember the great toilet paper shortage of 2020. Since then, the world’s supply-chain issues have ebbed and flowed. When planning your wedding, especially when it comes to items you’ll be outsourcing or products you’ll be purchasing through retailers, plan way ahead and expect delays. Consider reaching out to their customer service to understand their refund policies in case your order needs to be canceled due to delays. Ask them what their confidence is in their ability to deliver on time and what their policies are. It may seem tedious, but if it’s important for you to have invites to send out on time or wedding favors to give on your wedding day, you need to double-check your sources.
The research firm the Wedding Report is estimating that there will be 2.5 MILLION weddings in 2022 – a staggering number that will far surpass yearly totals in recent history. The U.S. hasn’t seen that many weddings since 1984. Be prepared and book your vendors EARLY and remember that this doesn’t actually equate to dollars in our pockets – many of these weddings are going to be rescheduled events that we were paid for years before so rather than new profit and revenue generating opportunities, we all have to keep doing twice the amount of work in order to keep our heads above water.