Flight cancellations and bans on mass gatherings have panicked brides and grooms with upcoming destination weddings. The buzz on social media is filled with advice (good and bad) for couples that have to postpone or outright cancel their wedding plans. As expected, lots of guests will not come and even if they want to attend, may not be able to do so with borders closing. Even couples considering getting married at a courthouse, then having a “wedding” party later, may no longer be able to do so.

St. Augustine, Florida beach wedding couple walking on sand

Wedding couple married in St. Augustine, FL

So…should you be canceling your destination wedding?

The Coronavirus situation, or COVID-19, continues to spread uncertainty and it seems the news changes daily. Although the situation seems gloomy, there ARE options for couples with scheduled wedding plans. The very first thing to do is if you have travel insurance check with your insurance company to find out if you have any options there. Also check with your airline to see if you can get a credit for later travel: many passengers are being given the option to re-book or get a refund during this time of crisis.

The next thing to do is get in touch with your destination wedding vendor and discuss your situation and possible back-up plan. Do not panic and make decisions without fully considering your options. There may be more hope than you think!

Don’t Cancel Your Beach Wedding…Reschedule

Remember that your wedding vendor does not WANT to postpone your wedding. In many cases, they are being forced to do so by having permits revoked or by government regulations. As of March 15, 2020, the CDC has officially recommended the cancellation of large gatherings, including weddings, for eight weeks in the United States (read more here). If your wedding ceremony is in June or beyond, experts recommend you need not postpone at this point, and can continue your wedding planning process. However, if your beach wedding in Florida is scheduled sooner—we’re here for you! Know that our beach wedding company is here to guide you through the process of re-scheduling your beach wedding ceremony. 

You do NOT have to cancel! Unlike a traditional wedding venue, you do have options. The Florida Beach Weddings contract gives you the flexibility to choose a new ceremony date without losing your deposit. You can get married within one year from your original wedding date, provided you choose that new date within 30 days. Our beach wedding specialists are here to help you. If a permit has been pulled for your beach wedding location, it may be transferred to the new date. You get to have the beach wedding of your dreams with all of your decor and other chosen options; just move it to a later date! 

If You Had to Cancel Your Wedding

If you have cancelled your hometown wedding plans, or other destination wedding date, please consider the ease and speed with which you can have a Florida Beach Wedding after this Coronavirus crisis has passed. You can still experience a fully-decorated ceremony on a beautiful beach in Florida; nothing has to be sacrificed with our all-inclusive beach wedding packages that will likely cost you far less than your original plans. You can even live-stream your wedding to far-away guests!

Clearwater Beach Wedding intimate elopement under a bamboo canopy with natural branch topper.

Treasure Island, Clearwater Beach small wedding

The team at Florida Beach Weddings knows this is not an easy time for wedding couples and considering new options is very stressful. However, you are not alone. Things are uncertain but you do have options and our help to make a decision that’s best for you. Your ceremony will be beautiful and filled with love no matter when it takes place! Your best bet is to just stay home, watch updates from the CDC and WHO, stay healthy, and wait until you can travel with your family and friends.

A bride and groom put their feet in the water during our sunset Clearwater Beach Weddings.

Love at at Clearwater Beach Wedding

Please contact us so we can help you with your individual situation. We look forward to working with you to make your wedding dreams come true.