Let’s talk about Destination weddings and COVID-19 Corona Virus. What just happened and what are wedding couples needing doing right now. With suppliers, airlines and resorts in such unchartered waters right now it’s hard to know the right course of action. It’s hard to sift through all the minute by minute news and get a clear picture of the near future travel cards. However, what we do know is that things just became a lot more serious over the past few days as far as increasing numbers in the worldwide spread of COVID-19 Corona Virus. For Canadians, the U.S. and worldwide wedding couples, we are here to help you navigate through these uncertain times. Below is our educated best guess along with some helpful advice as it continues to flow in through our very dedicated travel suppliers, resorts and airline partners.
Seek Immediate Advice From Your Trusted Destination Wedding Expert
One thing for sure is that we are being inundated with travel information from our travel suppliers, resorts and airlines across the US and Canada at the moment. Suppliers are offering different options from a complete refund to you and your guests to full travel credit for future travel. Policies are changing daily as well as offers and incentives to keep couples happy as well as their booked wedding guests. This is where your hard-working dedicated travel agent comes in. Hopefully, your travel agent is updating you and your guests with the valued information as it comes in. In some cases though bear with us as there are frequent delays in receiving information as airlines are overloaded in getting their citizens home safe and sound. They are unfortunately dealing with clients who are travelling immediately or over the next few weeks. Because of this suppliers and airlines have to prioritize travel triage. Be patient but know that you are in great hands with your destination wedding travel expert as she/he forges through the mass information and continual updates on your behalf.
Save the Date Over Again
No travel agent wants to have that conversation with their couples that they cannot go as planned to their destination wedding. We know you have been waiting at times a year + to say you’re beautiful vows together with family and friends. Whether the white sand beaches in Mexico, the stunning Caribbean and all other delightful regions in the world, we feel your travel pain right now. We know that after all the guest arrangements that starting over is the last thing you want to do. However, my advice at this time is to consider a future date, possibly past September of 2020. Hopefully, the COVID-19 Coronavirus is just a bad dream by late spring and summer, and we can get back to getting excited about wedding travel again. When considering a new save the date, it’s important to contact your Destination Wedding VIPs and check available dates as to when they can attend. October and November are great times to marry abroad, and if you are considering 2021 now, late January can also offer good pricing options. Your travel agent will have great options for you to get you re-booked and re-excited again about your wedding plans.
Time to Make That Move
You’ve discussed your options with your travel agent and your close family and friends. Now it’s time to book that new travel date. What should you know at this time about making that decision? My advice is to make it as soon as possible in regards to choosing a new date. This is because many fall and winter 2020, as well as 2021 weddings, have already been booked at resorts worldwide. Consider so many marriages this April, May and possibly summer months may end up being cancelled shortly. Your agent needs to get the ball rolling with new dates asap to work around you and your guest’s busy schedules and lives. I know with our company April and May are two of our most active travel months for destination weddings. We are working hard already re-booking our couples in for future dates as soon as our couples can confirm them.
Relax, Be Reassured and Stay Positive
In times such as these disappointments over a cancelled and postponed wedding is to be expected. Dedicated travel agents who have been working with you sometimes for over a year now, are heartbroken as well. We know there is a lot of pressure on couples to not only inform their guests about a pending wedding cancel but also to collaborate and put forth new travel date information. Many guests plan their holidays well in advance to attend. So we know it is not only burdensome to have to cancel but overwhelming to have to re-book. We are here for you to provide professional travel advice, to guide you and most of all, to just support you and your beloved guests during these difficult travel decisions. We understand, we sympathize and are here for you every step of the way.
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream Again of Your Destination Wedding
No matter what you are going through now with cancellations, uncertainty, and stress, know that your family and friends and travel agent genuinely understand and are there for you. We also appreciate as dedicated travel agents that no matter how much time and effort is needed, we will see you and your chosen life partner enjoy a fabulous future destination wedding. We’ll get through this COVID-19 Coronavirus and travelling worldwide will be right back on track. Destination weddings couples will be ready to board their favourite airline with their fun-filled family and friends in hand. There is a silver lining in all this travel mess right now. Airlines, resorts and destination wedding coordinators will be bending over backwards and just incredibly glad to see you all beachside your chosen destination wedding paradise, hopefully very soon.
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