Coronavirus Advice & Your 2020 Wedding
Updated 3rd June 2020...
After the worrying few months that we've had and the undoubted stress that this will have caused - particularly if you're getting married this summer, I have created this page to give you as much up to date information and hopefully give you reassurance if your 2020 wedding date is affected, that YOU WILL have a photographer on your wedding date.
Above all, rather than panic - please make sure you communicate with me if you need anything and crucially I really advise you to liaise with your wedding suppliers (or check my calendar below updated daily) BEFORE agreeing a date with your venue & registrar!
I am in touch with other photographers and suppliers from across the industry on a constant basis so I hope I will be able to help in anyway possible.
When Will Weddings Start Again?
Although no specific dates have been announced, and Boris Johnson’s speech on 10th May did not address when social gatherings in England could recommence, nor did Mark Drakeford's Welsh Assembly speech on 28th May, the justice secretary’s comments indicate it is being discussed.
Speaking to the Independent in May - he said he was giving a “lot of anxious consideration to the effect of the potential changes here as to what we can do with regard to marriage ceremonies,” adding that he knew some people were particularly keen to wed “because things are happening in their life that means they might not be together for a long time”.
However, in the English government’s latest FAQs, the advice reads: “There’s no change at this time. We understand the frustration couples planning a wedding must be feeling, so we have set out our intention to enable small wedding ceremonies from 1 June. As with all coronavirus restrictions on places of worship, venues and social distancing, we will look to ease them as soon as it is safe to do so.”
What Can I Advise?
It is not factual for me to express an opinion as regards when I think weddings will resume - however I feel that they will recommence with small, intimate ceremonies until the Government's "R" infection rate is at a suitable level whereby larger social gatherings can recommence, albeit with some additional social distancing measures. We should know with greater confidence by week ending 19th June once the current three-week window of measures to ease the UK lockdown is evaluated.
My next wedding is scheduled for early July - up until then all bookings have been rearranged.
Therefore, I'd suggest that if you still have a wedding planned for July, August and September 2020 - to think about a 'plan B', just in case Government advice on weddings becomes more certain in the coming weeks and you have to rearrange. By having a 'plan B', it allows your suppliers (if they permit this) to temporarily hold a future date for you, so that you can be assured of their services on any new date. The final quarter of 2020 and many key dates in 2021 are looking very busy - so you may find key dates such as Friday & Saturday's are already booked if you rearrange at a later date.
Remember though that different rules currently apply in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland - so check first as many believe that the UK governments daily briefings cover the whole of the UK, which they don't.
There are a few different options open to you for your wedding. Obviously this is a fast moving thing and I am happy to work with you as best as possible as new guidance comes in. If you want to chat on the phone then please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07803136172.
In terms of the questions that I have had over the last few months, your options are as follows;
Carry on as normal if allowed - being self-employed, I'm doing all I can to stay fit & healthy and I'll make every effort to fulfil your booking in the months ahead if your venue and the government allow. If I myself have any symptoms of the COVID-19 I would be in full communication with you and ensure one of my associate or recommended photographers would be with you on the day. I would never let you down and leave you without a photographer. I'm part of an amazing network of photographers who are currently pulling together in an incredible way to cover where needed.
Postponement to a later date, or postponement to a date when I'm not available - If you have to reschedule due to COVID-19 or social distancing limitations / concerns, I'll look to work with you to find a mutual date for the same fee and if your new date is already booked, I'll arrange to show you the availability of a select group of trusted associate photographers of an equal standard to choose from. They would then photograph your wedding, with me doing the editing and album design in my signature style. Please also be assured that the agreed price of your wedding photography will NOT change either!
If you have to cancel altogether: Please check your contract for the terms and conditions as regards cancellation and if any money is due - please check your insurance as most should pay now that the government has forced the closures of wedding venues at least until July 2020.
As mentioned above this is a fast moving situation and please do contact me at any point to discuss any concerns you may have.
My Live Availability in 2020 & 2021
I thought it would be appropriate to share with you my calendar of availability for 2020 & 2021 so you can check easily and transparently. Please remember that if I am already booked I have a team of associate photographers that will work in exactly the same way as I do that will be free for your wedding.
Obviously this will be a first come first served basis and I will update the calendar when any dates are booked.
These are some of the best photographers in North Wales and the North West.
If you have to – please talk to me before re-booking your wedding so I can sort everything out my end and continue to provide you with high quality customer service.