So we are living in an unprecedented time, with our lives having changed dramatically within a matter of weeks, as the global pandemic of Coronavirus has hit. With daily new updates on COVID-19 and Memes filling our Facebook feeds and Whats app groups. Its a stressful time for everyone and even more so for those couples due to get married in the next few months.
I can only imagine how stressful a time this is for you, if you are having to change your wedding plans. As a sole trader and wedding photographer, like you my world has been turned upside, but I want to help and offer advice to get us all through this.
POSTPONE DON’T CANCEL
My first word of advice is POSTPONE don’t cancel. If your wedding is due to take place in the next couple of months, it is likely that you will have to postpone your wedding, as we enter quarantine. The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners have suggested considering postponing weddings between now and the end of May. In terms of summer weddings, its too soon to decide what to do, all we can do is take each day at a time.
Myself and other wedding vendors are doing all we can to save your wedding day and make sure it continues to be everything you have ever dreamed of.
SPEAK TO YOUR VENUE
This will most likely be your first port of call. Speak with your wedding co-ordinator and they will be able to give you options on dates later in the year or next year. If possible be flexible and open to off peak and mid week alternatives. If you are worrying about guests having to take time off work mid-week, I am sure they will be only too delighted to party after weeks of self isolation and will be there to celebrate with you no matter what day of the week it is. Also, be patient, wedding co-ordinators are likely to be under a lot of pressure rescheduling dozens of weddings and juggling lots of dates.
GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR VENDORS
You will have spent a lot of time choosing your favourite wedding suppliers and you will want to keep them. For the best results for working with all your suppliers is to be flexible on dates and provide a number of alternative dates if possible. This will mean you will have a greater chance of keeping your dream wedding team. As a heads up I have lots of availability in my diary from November through to March, as I usually take the winter months off, but I am doing all I can to accommodate my clients at this difficult time. Also, remember suppliers are dealing with a lot of emails and changes to their calendars, so please be patient.
STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR GUESTS
Celebrating your wedding day with your friends and family is whats its all about. So keep them up to date, so they can make changes to accommodation or flight bookings.
Heres an example of how you can update your guests:
Our family and friends are the most important people in our lives and are our number one priority. Due to what’s happening in the world at the moment, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone our wedding. If we stay safe and well through this Coronavirus pandemic we will hopefully have a lifetime ahead of us to be happily married and we will have lots of time to celebrate.
Our wedding will still be going ahead at a later date, which we will inform you of as soon as it’s been decided. We hope everyone will be able to celebrate with us on that future date. Until then, please stay safe and know we’re thinking of you all in this uncertain time.
Breathe and be grateful for your family and friends. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do. Weddings are a big celebration of love and the silver lining in all this is that on the flip side, your friends and family will be ready to party and celebrate like never before. Stay safe, be patient, be compassionate and stay at home. Heres to hugging again! x
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