Coronavirus – Wedding advice for affected couples
Over the past few weeks we have increasingly seen the impact of coronavirus on weddings and events in the UK and internationally. During this uncertain time we understand that you will have many concerns and questions over what the spread of the disease means for your wedding.
Our hearts are with all of you whose weddings in the next few weeks have already been postponed. We know how long you have dreamed of and planned for your day and how difficult it is to put your plans on ice for a while – and it is only a while.
And if your wedding is planned for the coming months, or you are planning your 2021 wedding, we know you will also have many questions about how to deal with the potential impact of coronavirus on your wedding.
So what is our wedding advice for affected couples?
If your wedding is booked in 2020
1. Check your insurance and find out exactly what is covered. Depending on the level of cover, when your wedding is booked, what payments have already been made and whether your wedding is postponed or cancelled there may be some options available to you.
2. Speak to your venue and wedding suppliers. We advise you to change the date, don’t cancel! The vast majority of venues and suppliers are ready to work with their couples to help you reschedule so your wedding can go ahead as planned, albeit at a later date.
Do involve your suppliers in your decisions and be as flexible as you can over mid-week or out of season dates when your suppliers may have more availability. Remember, your suppliers are facing incredible uncertainty too, so if you are able to support them by sticking to your original payment dates (at least in part) they will be truly grateful.
If your wedding is planned for later in the year you may want to wait and see how things develop, this is a fast-moving situation and it may well look very different in a few months time. Don’t rush, follow the updates and be ready to make changes if and when needed.
3. Keep your guests updated, and send out ‘change the date’ cards as soon as possible. Many of our wedding stationer friends have created downloadable graphics and illustrations to help you keep your guests informed (take a look at our stories today!).
If you haven’t yet booked your wedding
1. Don’t stop planning! With the UK in lockdown you now have the perfect excuse to browse Pinterest all day long (without your boss looking over your shoulder!), create your wedding day vision and research the suppliers you’d love to work with on your big day.
2. Don’t put off booking. With 2-3 months worth of weddings already being postponed to 2021, key dates are already becoming scarce. If you can support your suppliers by booking now and paying deposits, you will also be helping them to secure their business future.
3. Before you pay any deposits look into wedding insurance. The availability of insurance policies is changing on a daily basis in response to the crisis and clauses may be added or removed as insurance companies respond to the situation.
And finally, please try not to panic, your wedding day WILL still happen, it may just be a little later than planned. And when it does it will be worth the wait!
If you have any questions, concerns or need some advice about how to handle changing the date for your wedding due to coronavirus, the B.LOVED team and our industry experts are here to help. Simply email us at [email protected] with ‘Change the Date’ in the subject line and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.
Stay safe xo