Update 3/19/2020: The US State Department is reportedly preparing to announce a Level 4 travel advisory to Americans in foreign countries, recommending to either come home right away or be prepared to remain in place indedfinitely. International weddings in the near future must be canceled. For weddings in the coming months, it's a bit of a wait-and-see. Read on for tips and advice about what to do.
With the coronavirus affecting every aspect of our lives, people are feeling a lot of anxiety and stress. And there are a special crop of challenges with regard to cornavirus and weddings and honeymoons.
If you have your wedding or honeymoon booked and are worried about coronavirus causing you to lose your venue, have to cancel your honeymoon, or bring about other disruptions, this guide can help. While couples may have to make changes, cancellations, or compromises, it's important to try to stay calm and remember that what matters most is your love. We're all in this together, and having your soulmate by your side is an incredibly wonderful thing.
Now onto some good news! Not all travel necessarily has to be canceled. While some parts of the world are seeing major shutdowns from the virus, other parts are business as usual -- albeit with more hand washing. Since lots of you healthy soon-to-be newlyweds will still opt for that trip of a lifetime, and head for uber romantic destinations, the best advice we can give is for you to visit the websites of the locations and resorts you are considering to see what they are saying and doing for visitors.
As of this writing, there are only 41 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Mexico. Travel to Mexico is still ongoing, and there are no travel restrictions or special advisories in place from the US State Department, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or other agencies. However, leaders in Mexico have expressed some concern about travelers from the United States, opening the door for cutoffs. For that reason, it's possible that at any time, travel to Mexico could be restricted. Since the situation is constantly in flux, you should consult your destination's tourism website and your resort to get information. Most destinations also have tourism information numbers to call.
Here is the CDC's travel advisory homepage. Your destination's tourism resource and resort front desk can also tell you what you can expect from a safety standpoint, should you have your honeymoon or destination wedding in any of these wonderfully beautiful settings. If your resort hasn't put any notices on their website about the virus, give them a call to ask about any new processes or procedures that might be in place, and review cancellation and rebooking policies. The situation is changing by the day region to region, so check in as the situation evolves as needed. If you have to cancel or try to postpone your wedding, talk to your venue first, and then other vendors in descending order of budget size/importance. You want to take care of the big aspects first, and just take it one at a time from there.
If you're a member of a wedding party -- especially a destination wedding requiring airplane travel -- you may be in a different, albeit still difficult situation. Many airlines and hotels are waiving cancellation fees due to the unprecedented nature of everything that's going on. If a wedding has been postponed or you feel you have to cancel your trip as a wedding guest due to coronavirus, we suggest reaching out to the bride and groom so that you can talk to them directly about your concerns. You won't be the only ones! For weddings that aren't completely imminent, it will be a bit of a waiting game for the time being to see how things develop.
Whether or not your plans have to change, try to stay calm and positive, and remember that like all things, this is temporary. You will get through it! Oh, and wash your hands every time you come back into your house. Of everything we can do to contain it, frequent and thorough hand washing is number one, two, and three.
Other than that, as far as individual plans and cancelations go, it will be a matter of time. Keep your hands washed, and stay posted on developments for your particular destination. Whether you have to cancel or postpone your dream day, try to remember...it is, and always was, your love that matters most!