COVID-19 & YOUR WEDDING
Okay, so we can’t ignore what is happening, and I know the Coronavirus will have been a worrying topic in every living rooms across the country (& beyond) right now. So let’s talk options
Firstly, it’s important to say that I intend on attending every wedding I have booked in my diary, nothing about my coverage will change, I won’t wear a hazmat suit and I am as excited to be there as I ever was.
If I get the dreaded lurgi, I will of course not rock up at your day to infect your guests – I know you won’t want this either. I will treat this just like any other illness scenario as outlined in your contact – I will find someone great to cover from me (as a community we are all supporting each other in this), or you can choose to find alternative cover yourself.
NUmber of guests?
As I write this, the government are meeting to consider limiting public gatherings to 100 people or under. If your wedding is under 100 people, yay, no drama. But its 100+, as many are, here are your options.
Okay, so say you have 130 guests, you basically need somehow find a way of asking 30-40 people not to attend. You could contact those who aren’t the closest to you and say that you are making the day more intimate as a result of the crisis, and would love to celebrate with them another time. Alternatively, put your cards on the table & ask people. It could be that many of your guests are wary of coming anyway, because of their or other family members age or ill health. Some may be worried about flying in. It’s entirely possible you could meet your target number with very few problems, and no one’s feelings hurt. You still get to have the brilliant day you’ve worked so hard on.
For those of you unwilling or unable to scale back the day, then your first port of call is your wedding insurance – chat to them about how your coverage is affected if you move or postpone the day.
Chat to your venue and other suppliers?
My contract states you can transfer your date to any time within 12 months as long as I am free, with no change in my service to you, they may have similar clauses. All this needs to be thought about before a decision is made.
Chat to your nearest & dearest and sound them out
They may also be relieved at the idea of moving it, but may also have some wise thoughts about what to do.
Get a new plan in place?
After finding the dates your suppliers/venue are free on, make a plan of how to confirm, communicate, and deal with your postponement.
If you need my free dates, I will supply you what days I am free in the autumn, and into next Spring.
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