The Coronavirus COVID19 and your wedding:
‘Oh goodie: Another article about the Coronavirus’. The world is in chaos at the moment with governments that – rightfully so – are imposing more and more measures. Because as long as there is no vaccine (and this will take a while), social isolation is the only way to inhibit the spread of the virus. The wedding sector is also suffering from the consequences of the virus. Many weddings are rescheduled, cancelled, or the number of guests is decreased dramatically.
These are uncertain and worrying times for all us. There are three things popping into my mind every day:
Please remind yourself, this is TEMPORARY. Please do not cancel your wedding plans. Work with your venue, suppliers and planners to postpone and reschedule. Keep me informed about the new plans.
In this post, I will provide some information and tips, and I’ll explain how I’m currently handling the situation.
Until at least April 6th, all in-person consults will be held via Skype or Facetime, in order to avoid personal contact. For weddings later in the season, a consult can also be moved to a later time when it’s considered to be safer.
The wedding will go on!
I would like to hear from you how you feel about having your wedding amidst this crisis. For the time being, I’m especially interested in talking to couples that are getting married early in the season (until June), because I don’t want to get too far ahead of things, also considering the fact that the information and measures taken by the governments are constantly changing.
Advices in case we carry on with the original date
I would like to keep in touch with you to discuss matters, and to give you the following information and advice:
– First of all, I take care of my own safety. I take the necessary measures for myself to protect myself. I am mainly guided by what the experts say about this.
– Inform yourself about the rules and restrictions that your government is imposing. Stick to the rules, because there will be checks. In the Netherlands, some weddings have been stopped or interrupted because people were not following up on the restrictions.
– Stay in touch with your wedding location, especially about the developments and possible consequences for your wedding.
– Make sure you and the location take the necessary measures. Provide plenty of soap and materials to especially disinfect your hands. Remember that antibacterial soap does not kill viruses. Alcohol-based hand gels do. Do not just put these it in the bathrooms, but also in the rooms where people are at that moment.
– Actively encourage people to wash their hands often. Alcohol gels are good but a lot less effective when the hands are dirty. Clean hands are a must. Some really good advice can be read in this article (not just about weddings!).
– Avoid shaking hands, kissing and physical contact. Personally, I find that very difficult, because at a wedding these are beautiful ways to express your love for each other. But we only have a responsibility to fight this virus.
– Provide space. Inquire at your wedding location whether a reception and dinner, in particular, can possibly be spread over several rooms, so that people don’t need to be close to each other. If necessary, limit the number of guests at the ceremony.
– Send a message to your guests with an urgent request to stay at home – no matter how unfortunate – if they suspect they have certain symptoms.
– It can be fun for those who stay at home to provide a live feed of for example the ceremony so that they can still hear the ‘I do’s’.
We are rescheduling our wedding to a date no later than May 30, 2021
I offer the possibility to move your wedding date free of charge to a date on which I am still available. Keep in mind that there are currently hundreds of weddings being moved and it may not be possible to get all the suppliers together on a Saturday, so look closely at weekdays. I like to be involved in this process. If you are forced to choose a date when myself or one of my regular second shooters is no longer available, my regular booking conditions apply.
We are rescheduling our wedding to a date on or after June 1, 2021
I offer the option reschedule the wedding, assuming I am still available. To move the wedding date to a date after June 1, 2021, I ask for an extra down payment of £200, -. This extra payment will, of course, be deducted from the final invoice.
Please bear in mind that some of the peak summer 2021 dates are already booked, and so it may be worthwhile considering midweek/non-Summer dates or failing that a Friday or Sunday date when looking for new wedding date to ensure the availability of all of the suppliers you have booked so far.
I’m also asking to pay as goodwill for 50% of the balance on the original date of your wedding and the remaining balance 3 weeks before the new date.
We’re cancelling our wedding
I’m sorry to hear that you’re considering cancelling your wedding! That must be a tough decision to make. In this case, my regular booking conditions as laid down in our agreement apply to this. If you have wedding insurance, please check.