WEDDING UPDATE: Postponed
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11
After careful consideration and constant monitoring of the effects of COVID-19, we have made the wise decision to postpone our March 21 wedding.
While it certainly wasn't our plan to postpone, we know the importance of protecting the health and safety of guests. We know God is in control and has our best interest at heart. In the coming days, we will be practicing "social distancing" while still celebrating our love for one another. We are counting down the days to our BIG DAY!
Together with the venue, and all-star vendor team, our wedding planner, Andrias Events, LLC, is helping us select the most optimal date to reschedule. Of course, our goal is to update guests as soon as possible so alternate travel arrangements can be made. In the meantime, we have included a few next steps and several frequently asked questions below.
1. MARK YOUR CALENDAR
In the near future, we will announce the new wedding date and hope you will mark. your calendars for a celebration like no other! Stay tuned for more info!
2. RECONFIRM YOUR RSVP
We realize a new date may affect you ability to attend. We will reach out to you after the final date is announced to re-confirm your RSVP and share details.
3. PREPARE TO CELEBRATE
Revise your travel arrangements and prepare for a celebration you wont want to miss. Then, send the couple well wishes as they await the Big Day!
When will the new date be announced?
We are working swiftly to confirm details and hope to finalize a new date in the next two weeks. Please bear with us as we aim to find the most optimal date for the most incredible celebration!
Where will the wedding be held?
We are working with the original venue, The Chantilly National Golf Club in Chantilly, Virginia to keep the wedding there! Its important to us and the couple that we preserve the contracts and service arrangements from the original date so the wedding design and feel remains the same.
Why did we postpone the wedding?
We have been monitoring news about the COVID-19 Coronavirus and have consulted the resources of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with the Virginia Health Department. While we would have loved to move forward as planned, we fully understand the need for social distancing and the risks our guests would have had to take be part of our special day, especially for those needing to travel in. Additionally, restrictions on the size of events and gatherings continue to decrease and would have made it very difficult to include all of our loved ones. We thought it best to air on the side of caution and protect the health and safety of our guests. We love each of you and are confident that we made the right decision!
I booked a hotel. Now what?
We are working with the hotel to move the room block to the new date and will let you know when the new booking link is available. In the meantime, please CANCEL your reservation with the hotel no later than the deadline given to change or cancel your reservation. This deadline should be mentioned in your reservation confirmation. If the type of room or rate you booked was outside of our room block and required you to pre-pay, contact the hotel as soon as possible to explain the situation. Hotels have generally been gracious about helping inconvenienced guests during this time frame.
I booked a flight. Now what?
Thank you for being willing to fly in for our wedding. We realize its quite the investment! The good news is that most airlines are sensitive to the cancellations taking place around the country and have provided messaging on their websites to assist. In most cases, you can rebook your ticket with no fee. Check your email inbox for a message from your airline or visit their website. Each airline has a COVID-19 update on their website. Here are a few links for popular U.S. airlines:
AMERICAN AIRLINES: https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/coronavirus-updates.jsp
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES: https://www.southwest.com/Coronavirus/
UNITED AIRLINES: https://hub.united.com/united-coronavirus-covid19-safety-update-2645397564.html
I can't reach my hotel or airline over the phone.
Fear not! Travelers are rapidly calling just like you are, which is creating extreme wait times for most call centers. The majority of what you will need to do can be done online. Visit your airline website (website addresses are in the question above) and use their rebooking link to understand their terms and either rebook or cancel your flight. For most airlines, you can cancel the flight and the ticket will maintain its value. Keep your flight confirmation handy for rebooking in the future. While you may not be refunded, most airlines will allow you to rebook your flight this year with no change fee.