March 25, 2020

2020 was supposedly the year to get married, it sounded great, it was a new decade and seemed lucky.  The storms earlier in the year were a worry but we all hoped for a year full of gorgeous spring and summer weddings.  Brides do naturally worry about the weather on their wedding day, but then out of the blue, Covid-19 came onto the scene and has caused such uncertainty and worry for us all.   I think a bride would happily swap all of this for a rainy wedding day!   This uncertainty and worry, along with the government restrictions of avoiding large social gatherings (announced last week), countries being locked down, along with the ban on weddings on Monday night for 3 weeks (initially) has really made people start to worry and want to postpone their weddings.

You want to be looking forward to your wedding day, not thinking “will it go ahead”, “can it go ahead”, “will people want to come”, “will any of my guests have the virus”, etc, etc.  You also want to hug your guests, drink with your guests and not have wedding photos with each guest being 2 metres apart!  A wedding is a day of celebration and bringing of people and families together.

Last week, I had the awful task of starting to move March, April and May weddings and after Monday night’s announcement, June and some July / August weddings are now starting to want to postpone.  Some couples are looking at later this year and others next year.  Some couples were thinking of still carrying on with the official part of their wedding ceremony, but again with the latest restrictions, this will be impossible.

If your wedding is in Spring, hopefully your wedding venue has been in touch and your date has been moved.  If it is later in the Spring / Summer and you want to discuss moving your wedding date, speak with your wedding venue / suppliers and keep in touch with them, communication is key at this uncertain time – unfortunately if you do move your wedding date, you may not be able to have all of the same suppliers, but you will be able to have the majority.  Wedding venues only have so many Saturday’s in the summer when they can host your wedding and 2021 is starting to fill up.   I am lucky to plan and be involved in a lot of marquee weddings where there is a little bit more flexibility, especially if the celebrations are at a couple’s family home or farm.

It is worth double checking what your wedding insurance covers (and claim what you can).  If you do move your wedding date, you will need to take out a new insurance policy (to show the new date).

Also with regards to any honeymoons booked, check what your travel insurance covers.

This is an ever-evolving situation which will probably be up and down for a number of months.   I’m continuing to work with all of my lovely couples and this won’t change during this difficult time.   They will all get the wedding days they deserve, and walk down that aisle, even if they aren’t quite when they expected them to be.  Some of my couples are key workers which makes it even more difficult and emotional.  We can fight this if we keep as safe as we can and not put others at unnecessary risk.  Over the next few weeks we really do need to Stay at Home!  Hopefully sooner, rather than later, we can all look back at this horrible chapter of 2020 and have learned something from it.

Remember you are POSTPONING your wedding, you are not cancelling it.  If I can help in anyway please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  I am now offering a ‘wedding date change’ service where I will work with you to contact all of your suppliers and get a new date organised, taking as much of the stress away as I can from you and your family.

Please stay safe everyone.  We will look back on this nightmare hopefully very soon.

Sending lots of love
Amy xxx

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