By Heather Brooks

 

During these strange and uncharted waters you may be wondering what you can do to make sure the vegan and cruelty-free vendors you want to use are getting the support they need so they will be there when you want to use their services. Here is a list of ways you can help.
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Start now shopping for wedding gowns and see if there are virtual shopping options offered from your vendor.
Chances are your shoe size won’t be different between now and your wedding, so go ahead and order those shoes and stockings.
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Bath and beauty products are usually available online anyway. Go ahead and dive in and decide on that nail polish (check out our favorite bridal shades here) or eye shadow. Maybe buy some for your wedding party, too.
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Get those vegan bridal party gifts together now while you have some time to online shop and make those final decisions, have fun thinking of your special day while wrapping them all up and writing out the notes.
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Restaurants and entertainment have been hit particularly hard. If you have a vegan caterer you’ve been looking for, book now with them based on your estimated budget, or buy some catering or takeout and encourage your friends to do the same. Please check out this article about the safety of ordering food during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
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Other ways to help would be to encourage your wedding party and friends to shop your favorite vegan brands right now, while things are the hardest, and we’ll all come out of this together. You can also purchase gift cards to use later when things have returned to normal.
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This is not an exhaustive list of ways you can help. If you’re concerned about a particular vendor, reach out to them and ask them what ways you could help them make it through.
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Wash your hands and stay home if you have that privilege.
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Heather Brooks lives near Washington, D.C.. She is the Wedding Specialist at D.C. Vegan Catering, a full-service catering company serving the DMV area, and is part of the management team. Heather is also an author of fiction, founder of the Women Authors of Maryland writers’ group and salons, and founder of The Write Women Book Fest.

Her journey towards veganism began with her daughter Amber, who decided she wanted to be a vegetarian at a young age. Heather is a big believer in empowering her daughters, so she worked at figuring out how to incorporate this new diet into their average American lifestyle. Read Heather’s articles