"What the world needs now is love, sweet love..."
You have the ring and started putting together a guest list. You made appointments with venues, reached out to caterers, florists, and photographers, and possibly secured a wedding planner. Then, one day you woke up and our country was in a pandemic; seemingly overnight, workplaces went remote, restaurants shut down their dining rooms, and schools closed.
You’re still engaged and excited about being married. This virus has cancelled schools, meetings, and trips, but it hasn’t changed the way you feel about the one you love the most. How do you navigate wedding planning in this unprecedented time?
We see you. As we began to field calls from clients who were cancelling their events for the next day, next week, and next months, we, too, started to ask ourselves, “What now?”
While we are living in a time of vast uncertainty, life itself continues to roll on, hours into days, days in weeks, and soon weeks into months. We all must continue to live our lives with some semblance of normalcy, whatever that means in this new context. Our bodies still need food, movement, and rest, and now, more than ever, our hearts need nourishing. We need to see what positives there are still lighting up our wonderful world. Luckily, there is plenty of love and hope to go around. What is fuller of love and hope than two people pledging themselves to one another for life?
There are a few ways that Surdyk’s Catering is here to help. We want you to know that we, too, want to celebrate your love, and have a few ideas for wedding planning in the midst of a pandemic:
Pivot to a Micro Wedding
What is a micro wedding?
Micro weddings are small, intimate weddings, usually with a guest count between five to 50 guests comprised of family and the closest of close friends.
What is the advantage of hosting a micro wedding?
More is not always more. By keeping the guest count lower, there is greater room in one’s wedding budget for what really matters most to them. Serve the very best food to your guests. Have a fabulous bar open all night. Invest in the little details that five, 10, 50 years down the road will make you smile when you pull out your wedding album and reminisce about your special day because, after all, it is your day.
I had dreamt of a big wedding. Will I be happy with a micro wedding?
A micro wedding, while perhaps not your original vision for your big day, is still a celebration of your love. It’s also a testament to the resilience of all of us in times of trouble. If you want to go ahead with an upcoming wedding date, a micro wedding is the best option right now. What’s to say you can’t throw a big bash later when the world goes back to normal? What we do during these uncertain times will certainly stay with us for the rest of our lives. It very well may be worth it to you as a couple to make lemons out of lemonade here and get yourselves to the altar! At the very least, it’ll make for a great story to tell your grandchildren.
How can Surdyk’s Catering help make my micro wedding dreams a reality?
Surdyk’s Catering is currently waiving all food and beverage minimums for full-service events, making it possible to host the wedding of your dreams for a small group of your loved ones. We can send a chef and just one server to your venue or home. We can also deliver beautiful platters of food or even full dinners to the door if that’s what works best for you and your guests. And of course, we can also deliver wine, beer, and spirits from our Liquor Store. Let us know your ideas—it is your wedding after all! Our favorite thing about working with our couples is the creativity involved in working together to create a custom, personal wedding experience.
Postpone to a Later Date
Maybe you’re not interested in a micro wedding, and you’ve made the difficult decision to officially postpone your wedding to a future date. Let’s make some lemonade out of lemons! If you and your sweetheart are now working from home, use your extra time together to really think about what you want your dream wedding to look like. Reach out vendors whether you have booked them or are still in the inquiry stage, and ask them how they can help you.
At Surdyk’s Catering, our event planning team is still working diligently to make sure that couples know we are here to help them in their planning regardless of how far in the future their wedding may be. Reach out! Ask questions! We’d love to hear from you, and we would be happy to put together a proposal (or three!) to help you get a better idea of what we offer and how we can make your dreams a reality.
Putting down deposits for future events is immensely helpful as well. The reality is that the events industry was one of the earliest to get hit by this crisis. We all saw our books wiped clean as future events cancelled left and right, meaning the revenue we rely on to pay our staff and our basic bills has been reduced to nothing overnight. By booking your future event, you are supporting small, local businesses who are really feeling the squeeze of this crisis.
The world seems to have paused for the moment, but we, too, are looking forward to the days where we can go out for a coffee with a colleague, hug a friend, shake hands with a new acquaintance, enjoy a meal with family in our favorite restaurant, and get to the gym or yoga studio for our favorite class. For couples planning their upcoming weddings, these celebrations of love—whether smaller now or in the distant future—may look different than we had originally planned, but there is still a lot to revere in the world.
To borrow a line from Burt Bacharach, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.”