Corona Virus - What does it mean for my wedding?
Hey, and thanks for taking this time to come here and get information. It is a scary time for a lot of us, not only in the wedding industry but all over the world just now, but as an industry, we are in constant discussion about the fear for couples that have been planning their big day for a long time.
With regards to me being able to cover your wedding or getting cover for me on your wedding day, as of now there are zero reasons to think anything else but I WILL BE THERE!!
Guidelines that are set out to all businesses and the general public in the UK to follow are as follows...
Monday 8th March can see weddings of up to 6 people with no reception
Monday 12th April can see weddings & receptions up to 15 people
Monday 17th May can see weddings & receptions of up to 30 people
Monday 21st June all restrictions lifted and no social distancing measures in place.
I want to first start by saying please don't panic! If your wedding has to be postponed, either by force of the government or your venue, or just your own personal choice due to the welfare of yourself and your family and friends then please rest assured that I will do everything in my power to work not only with you, but your venue and other suppliers to get a date in the future that we can all work with, I have a calender below to use at your convenience so please do check im available on your future date.
One thing I can say though is that I am in a group with over 400 wedding photographers in and around the whole of the North West of England, and should I myself become ill we have you covered. We are all aware that couples are worried, and I hope this brings some peace of mind.
Believe me, when I say, I’ll be at your wedding ready to capture your perfect day or send an equally capable associate unless that decision is taken away from me by higher powers.
Your venue WILL NOT wish to cancel your wedding, the worst-case scenario will be to postpone. This will be potential for a midweek date in the near future as most venues will have bookings for weekend dates already booked in.
What are my choices?
Your first choice Would be to carry on as normal if your wedding is outside of the lockdown dates.
Your second choice would be to postpone to a later date. If this was to happen and you wish to move your date to a 2021 date that I have free, your contract will then be valid for your new date.
I will do my utmost to work with your other suppliers in making sure that you are not too financially hit although in these trying times it can't always be avoided.
Please note that if your wedding is not within the lockdown period but you wish to change your date, you may need to pay the difference in the package price.
My first advice would be not to take too long in choosing a new date, many weddings are now postponing for a third or fourth time and it's likely we are going to book up quickly.
Of course, if you're looking at rescheduling to a weekday then you can pretty much take your pick.
Everything you've paid to date will be moved across. Your final balance will be due 4 weeks prior to your new date, this could include a small increase but this would be discussed at the time of moving your date and is booking dependant.
Your third choice would be to choose a date I'm not free. If you choose a date for postponement and I'm unfortunately already booked for that date. I will do my best within our group of 400+ photographers within the North-west to provide you with not only an associate shooter but someone with the same skill and high quality and style that I would be providing you with myself who will come along and capture your big day, they will provide me with raw images for me to edit in my signature style so you still have the style of photography you originally booked.
This has been discussed on a number of occasions within our group and we are here to support each other if needed by covering weddings and passing images back to the original photographers to edit and deliver to their clients.
Cancellations Please check the terms and conditions within the contract you signed for your terms of cancellation, your contract still stands in these cases and we urge you to check your insurance in the event of government forced closures of wedding venues and limitations on weddings and events.
Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime via any form most convenient to you. I’m always more than happy to discuss or ease any worries you may have.
I have provided below a calendar of available dates should you wish to postpone, this is so you can easily check dates. Please do contact me immediately if this is something you wish to go ahead with as this calendar will change frequently as the virus and government guidelines progress.