COVID-19- The show must go on
We are certainly living in crazy times right now, uncharted territory for us all, this dreaded Coronavirus is undoubtedly the subject of worried chats in homes, workplaces and on Facebook newsfeeds across the world right now. I want you to know I am here to discuss things with you every step of the way.
First of all I want to assure you that I intend on attending every wedding I have booked in my diary, nothing about my coverage will change. We can only hope that your big day will not be affected by this pandemic, but making Plan B is never a bad thing to do for these uncertain times ahead.
Here are some options to think about:
At the time this is published, the government has not yet limited public gatherings to 100 people or under, but is not ruling it out in the future. If you wedding is under 100 people then all is good and you don’t need to worry. But if it’s a 100+ wedding, as many are, here are some options.
CHANGE YOUR VENUE
Given it’s not a favoured option for most, but if you have a giant garden that could fit a marquee you could choose to do this. The advantage is you have more control, it’ll mean a lot more work for you but could work out in your favour.
Let’s say you’ve got 130 guests, you essentially need somehow to find a way of asking 30-40 people not to 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 another 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
Should scaling back not work for you for whatever reason, then you should definitely check-in with your wedding insurance – ask them about how your coverage is affected if you move or postpone the day.
CHAT TO YOUR VENUE AND OTHER SUPPLIERS
During these special times you can transfer your wedding date to any date within 12 months as long as I’m still available on that date, with no change in my service to you. Your other suppliers may have similar clauses. All this needs to be thought about before a decision is made.
CHAT TO YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS AND ASK THEM FOR ADVICE
They may also be relieved at the idea of moving the date, 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. Give everyone as much notice as possible, check everyone is free on your new chosen date, if not find a date that they are.
I think it’s important for all of us to know where we stand and so that you can communicate it clearly to your wedding insurance should you need to.
LAST WORDS OF ADVICE…
Overall, don’t give in and panic. The vast majority of people will have no problems at all, and it will be businesses as usual. This is for unusual circumstances, and these are unusual, but in the grand history of humanity, nothing stopped people getting married & having a blast doing it. Your wedding is not any different. You will get married, you will have the time of your lives. Please do keep in contact and let me help any way I can.
Safe and kindest regards,