20 Mar Covid-19 and what it means for your wedding
With the current pandemic affecting events and regulations around weddings we thought it would be useful to look at the impact of Covid-19 on your wedding and provide some useful tips for planning a wedding during a pandemic.
So, what is the current situation?
Well the good news is you can still get married in a church. However the bad news is that, in line with rules around social distancing and social gatherings, the size of your wedding is now limited to five attendees including the couple and the clergy person. So, in reality you’d only be able to invite two people who will act as witnesses and they will need to stay a decent distance from you.
This, obviously has a drastic impact for those who had planned larger scale weddings. Here are our couple suggestions to plan your wedding around the Coronavirus.
1. Downsizing your wedding due to Covid-19
One option would be to continue with your wedding with the reduced numbers of five wedding attendees. Let us not forget that the main element in any wedding is the actual union of the happy couple.
Use technology to your advantage. You can stream your wedding live so friends and family can still see and be a part of your union.
It’s unlikely you’d be able to have a reception party of any size even a small one at home but keep an eye on the news as rules around social distancing seem to change weekly.
If finances permit then at a later date, redo a blessing for family and friends plus a reception party. Put back on your wedding outfit and then get the hair, makeup, photographer, caterer etc all engaged again and have a celebration event.
It wouldn’t need to be a formal sit down affair but just some sort of coming together of all your special people that will have missed out on your day.
2. Re-planning your wedding due to Covid-19
If, like most of us, having your friends and family at your wedding is an integral part of the day then our suggestion would be to reschedule the dates. Your first step should be to liaise with your venue to find out their event policy and plans during Covid-19. After this point you can start speaking with all of your other wedding suppliers.
Ensure you speak with any accommodation venues (hotels, AirBnB etc.) to ensure they can cancel and potentially rebook.
Once you’ve established a new date then contact your guests to inform them of the updates. If you have a wedding website then do publish the latest information there.
Quite simply, if you don’t have it then get it pronto!
If you do have wedding insurance in place then check the clauses for Acts of God, natural disasters as these normally cover pandemics. Some insurance companies actually cover pandemics as a clause.
On Monday we’ll be sharing a list of wedding insurance providers that our previous and current clients have used so remember to check back on our blog.
But with every cloud there can be a silver lining. At least now you don’t have to invite Aunt Madge and your annoying cousin. It’s also a perfect excuse to have two wedding outfits (as if we needed an excuse) and multiple anniversary dates! Did someone say extra diamonds!
In any case now could be the perfect opportunity to negotiate better rates for your rescheduled plans.
Although we’ve focused here on church weddings, most other types of religious and non-religious ceremony venues have similar restrictions in place. If unsure, reach out to your venue to enquire about their plans for events during Covid-19.
Understandably this may be a stressful time for you but your vendors will be willing to work through this with you. Be patient as everyone is affected and will be working through the same challenges.
I know this is easier said than done but if you’re unsure on your next steps or feeling a bit overwhelmed, give us a call at Bumble Events and we’d be happy to give some complimentary advice by email or phone to help. We can be reached on 020 8088 0177 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whatever you do, stay safe.