Month: April 2020

What is Wedding Insurance and What Does it Cover?

Although nobody wants to think about it when planning their special day, the truth is that you never know what life’s going to throw at you. It’s important for every bride and groom to hope for the best but plan for the worst on their wedding day, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wedding insurance is a great tool to make sure you get your money back if something goes wrong at your wedding.

What is Wedding Insurance?

Wedding insurance is a policy that protects couples from losing the money they invested in their wedding due to uncontrollable circumstances. Whether it’s a small mishap or a full cancellation that hits your wedding, this insurance policy makes sure you get your money back if anything goes wrong. If you’re planning a wedding that might get cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, wedding insurance is a must-have. If your insured wedding is cancelled because of the virus, you’ll be able to get your money back and start again. 

Why Should I Get Wedding Insurance?

Weddings require detailed, thorough planning to run as smoothly as possible, but even the best wedding planner can’t foresee the problems you might run into at your wedding. If someone in the wedding gets injured and has to leave, if a gown, veil or tux gets ruined, or even if a natural disaster strikes right before the wedding, the right wedding insurance policy can get you your money back. It’s always best to have a backup plan when organizing a wedding, but there are some things you just can’t predict. Wedding insurance will protect you from losing your money in these circumstances. 

What Does it Cover?

Problems with the venue, weather, key people, vendors, injury, and sickness are the biggest threats to weddings. These complications are usually covered under most wedding insurance policies. Some venues might already be insured, but if yours isn’t, most insurance policies will cover the losses if anything happens to your wedding location. If any essential vendors or key people don’t show up to the wedding, or if any key people get injured or sick, you’ll also be able to get your money back. These disasters might be out of your control, but that doesn’t mean you need to lose out on hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Have the Wedding of Your Dreams at Hidden Creek

Now might now be the ideal time to plan a wedding, but if you’re still dedicated to sticking with the plan, Hidden Creek could be the ideal venue to make your wedding perfect. Our gorgeous outdoor venue combines the privacy you need with the magical setting you want, and our wide open field is perfect for capturing dreamy sunset wedding photos. Our talented wedding coordinator, Brett Welsh, will walk you through the entire planning process and make your special day a breeze. Hidden Creek is now offering virtual tours and video conferencing to discuss the details of your wedding. Call or visit our website today to see why Hidden Creek is the perfect location for nearly any wedding. 

How to Plan For A Wedding That Might Get Postponed

If you’re engaged and planning your wedding, the COVID-19 pandemic has probably uprooted everything you’ve planned. Having to postpone your wedding can be heartbreaking, but it’s the best choice to keep you and your family safe. If you’re still in the early stages of wedding planning, it can be hard to know when to schedule your special day. We don’t know how long the pandemic will last, so how do you know your wedding won’t still be postponed, even if it’s months down the road? Unfortunately, you don’t. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t go forward with your wedding planning. We’ve put together some tips for planning a wedding, even if it might be postponed. 

Get in Touch With Your Venue

Depending on the venue, you might not be able to discuss postponement if your wedding is further out, because they need to allow the upcoming weddings to be postponed first. You might not even be able to schedule a wedding at a popular venue any sooner than a year out. Still, if you can get in touch with your venue, be sure to discuss your concerns with them and plan for the worst. If you do this, you’ll be able to have a team at your side who’s ready to deal with any obstacles in the way of your wedding.

Consult Your Vendors

Vendors are a key part of weddings, and they need to be consulted if you’re thinking about postponing your wedding. If you’re negotiating a contract with a vendor, be sure to talk to them about the possibility of postponing your wedding. You’ll be able to come up with a plan and make a flexible contract. Sometimes it’s best to get your nervous energy out and plan for the worst so you can feel secure in your plans.

Keep Your Guests Updated

No matter how big your guest list is, these guests deserve to be kept up to date on every change you’ve made. Keeping your guests updated with regular emails will cut down on confusion and questions. Make a habit of emailing your guest list every week, two weeks, or every month. Even if any changes haven’t been made, it’s good to make sure your guests know exactly what’s going on. Your guests will appreciate the transparency, and they might even be able to offer advice. 

Make Your Wedding Magical with Hidden Creek

If you’re on the hunt for a wedding venue, be sure to add Hidden Creek to your list! We’re offering virtual tours of our beautiful outdoor venue, and we’ve rescheduled our Spring open house to May 17th. Our gorgeous outdoor venue is perfect for any wedding. Big or small, minimal or grand, you’re sure to love the atmosphere and scenery of Hidden Creek. Our venue offers the privacy you need with the magical feel you want, and our open field is perfect for your wedding day photoshoot. Call or visit our website to schedule a virtual tour of our venue today!

Don’t Want to Postpone your Wedding? Livestream It!

With the ongoing threat of COVID-19, many couples have made the difficult choice to cancel or postpone their wedding. Still, some lovebirds aren’t willing to delay their special day, and they have chosen to use technology to their advantage. 

At Hidden Creek, we do everything possible to help you prepare for your wedding, whether you’re intending to have a few guests present at a social distancing space and wearing face masks, or keeping everyone at a safe distance by having them join you over the internet. If you’re thinking about having a virtual wedding, here’s everything you need to know!

Choosing your Streaming Platform

With the abundance of streaming platforms out there for public use, you’re sure to find the perfect one for your special day. Platforms like Zoom and Google Hangouts allow your guests to share their video on a call. Others, like Youtube Live, Instagram Live, and Facebook live, allow your guests to watch your ceremony and comment in a live chat. If you want a smaller, more personal virtual wedding, you might want to consider a group video call. If you’re planning to invite a lot of guests, a livestream might be better and more reliable. 

If you don’t want to deal with getting your marriage officiated and licensed at a later time, WebWed Mobile offers marriage licenses and the option to have an officiant at your virtual wedding, all at once! Wedfuly will also facilitate Zoom wedding ceremonies for free. Be sure to check whether or not your state requires an in-person officiant. If you can’t get officiated during your virtual wedding, you can always make your marriage legal later on. 

Invitations

If you’re going the virtual route with your ceremony, why not do the same with your invitations? If you still want to give your guests the perfect wedding invitations, paper is always a great option, but you can also use companies like Paperless Post and Greenvelope. These companies give you the option to deliver magical virtual invitations to your guests. With these services, you’ll be able to surprise your guests with beautiful invitations while doing your part to save the environment!

Setting Up and Dressing Up

Virtual or not, you want your wedding day to be magical for yourself and your guests, so a reliable setup is essential. Prop your phone, tablet, or laptop up so your guests have a clear view of you and your bride or groom. Open the windows up for that perfect natural glow (tip: plan your virtual wedding to take place during golden hour for some gorgeous warm lighting!), decorate your setting with lights and potted plants, and play some music to get your guests in the mood. If you want, you can even have some champagne on-hand to pop after the ceremony! 

When it comes time for your vows and kiss, ask your guests to mute their audio. A virtual wedding might not be the special day you dreamed of, but you can still go all-out with the wardrobe! Wear the dress, or put on that stunning tuxedo. If you want to save your special outfits for an in-person ceremony, you can still go fancy with a cute summer dress or a sharp blazer.

Plan Your Future Ceremony at Hidden Creek

Whether you’re postponing your wedding or planning an in-person ceremony after your virtual wedding, make your wedding magical at Hidden Creek. Our venue offers the privacy you need with the beautiful outdoor setting you love. Book a tour on our website to see why Hidden Creek is the perfect place for your special day!

How is Coronavirus Impacting the Wedding Industry?

When you’re planning your perfect wedding day, there are countless considerations to make: the dress, the cake, the venue, the guest list, even the invitations can take weeks of planning. However, there is one thing couples usually don’t consider: the outbreak of a global pandemic. In this difficult time, many engaged couples are unfortunately forced to reconsider the plans they’ve made for their special day. This is having an impact on the wedding industry, but Hidden Creek is still working hard to help you craft the perfect wedding by working with you over the phone or in video conferences. Call us with your questions, and we’ll be happy to answer. 

How Coronavirus is Hitting the Wedding Industry

The average wedding in the United States costs around $33,000, and all of it goes to different industries: photography, catering, baking, venues, and more. The cancellation of weddings in the face of the COVID-19 threat will negatively impact every industry that has a hand in making weddings magical. These industries are bracing themselves for a hit, but no one knows what the future will hold. A recession seems likely at this stage of the pandemic.

Does Wedding Insurance Cover Coronavirus?

Wedding insurance is a necessary part of the planning process. Weddings are a huge investment, so the insurance is there to make sure you get your money back if something goes wrong during the wedding or in the weeks leading up to it. Considering how many things could go wrong, couples are turning to their wedding insurance policies to see how much they could save if the worst happens.

 Unfortunately, most wedding insurance contracts have a clause in their contract that excludes pre-existing conditions or communicable diseases. This means couples who cancel their weddings due to the coronavirus threat may not get their money back. If you’re reconsidering your wedding plans, be sure to check your policy to see if this clause applies to you. 

How to Keep Your Wedding Safe 

If you’re still planning on getting married despite the threat, here’s some advice to keep yourself and your guests safe. One option is to elope over a livestream. Getting married in a courthouse while your guests watch on a computer may not be the ideal wedding you had in mind, but it’s a cost effective alternative which reduces the coronavirus threat. 

You could also reschedule your wedding rather than cancelling it. You might need to pay a fee to the venue, but it would most likely still be cheaper than cancelling. The venues are also likely to be more understanding if you set your date a few months down the line.

Plan a Magical Wedding at Hidden Creek

If you’re determined to have a wedding despite the complications, Hidden Creek could be the perfect venue for your special day. Our gorgeous outdoor location gives you the privacy you need with the natural beauty you want; it’s sure to meet the needs of any wedding theme you have in mind, so you can make sure your ceremony is as stunning as you’ve always dreamed. 

Call and schedule a virtual tour of our venue to see if Hidden Creek is the right choice for you! If you’re already scheduled for a wedding date, call us if you need to postpone and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

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