Don’t Panic – Covid-19 (Coronavirus) And Your Wedding Photographs

Updated – 15/03/2021

So here we are, a year later and we’re still not panicking.

Calm and considered planning, flexibility and a stoic mindset have seen us through the last year. Despite the roller-coaster ride, there has been a silver lining to the cloud surrounding covid-19 (Coronavirus) and your wedding.

 

Bridesmaid in blue COVID face mask with daisy print on wedding morning

 

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) And Your Wedding – What About Weddings?

In the last 12 months, we have watched as the wedding industry was recognised as the multibillion-pound section of the economy that it is. The #whataboutweddings campaign has helped bring us closer together. It allowed the self-employed and small businesses a feeling of ‘being a part’ or something. A wonderful group that has each other’s back. Even with a majority of wedding suppliers slipping through the gaps in government support (those that don’t trade from ‘business rated premises), we have held together strong.

We are involved in the huge outpouring of help and advice for brides and wedding suppliers alike. A positive self – affirming experience.

Yes, many wedding companies have lost huge amounts of money. We have seen some of our favourite venues and suppliers slip into administration or disappear from the internet. But for every supplier closing doors, there are many now working more closely together. Bolstering each other, helping the same boat stay afloat. We are already an amazing, creative industry and the old adage rings true for us now more than ever. From adversity comes great strength. We are all proud to be a part of something stronger.

The Gift Of Time

We have also been gifted time, time to work on our businesses not just in our businesses. Time to appreciate the jobs that we love and the joy that working at weddings brings. Time to adapt, improve and plan better for the future. Wedding services will never be the same. But those who have spent the last year improving their businesses will be delivering something even more amazing than before this pandemic began.

Murray and I have been working on the future of one thousand words. Looking at our systems, workflow and services. We have taken time to practically use hindsight and build back up from business basics. This now means that we can produce a more efficient, better shaped documentary wedding photography service. Taking time to reflect on our methods, workflow and time to learn and train with some of the best wedding photographers in the world mean that we can now produce even more stunning wedding photographs for our brides and grooms over the years to come.

Communication Is Key

We need to raise a large toast to our amazing brides and wonderful wedding planners. The majority of whom have had to weather one hell of a storm. Over a year of conflicting information, uncertainty and financial precariousness our brides have been amazing. 12 months of postponements, re-planning, limbo and more postponements have not made planning weddings easy. Consulting suppliers in a productive way has paid off. This key communication means they are now looking forward to a fixed date for the biggest day of their lives.

Some of our couples have postponed their weddings five times and are now unphased by speculation and ready to have one hell of a time! Talking in-depth with our brides, their wedding days will be all the more special for it. Like all the suppliers we work with we cannot wait.

A Roadmap For Weddings

The roadmap has given us a framework around which we can plan for the future with greater certainty than we have had over the last year. Vaccines and accessible, enhanced testing now provide us with tools to move forward. Yes, when it comes to weddings many exact easing details are missing. As an industry, we are pushing for greater clarity for everyone. For more details, you can see the #whataboutweddings campaign here

We wouldn’t go as far as to say we will hold our breath for precise delivery of the lifting of restrictions. But we are expecting to implement a sensible way to get back to the events that we love.

And if the roadmap should change there are two words that will again help us all get through it – “Don’t Panic”

 

Original Article: Published 17/03/2020, updated 27/03/2020

When it comes to Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and your wedding the cover of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy rings true. In the last 20 years and over 400 weddings, we have found that anxiety and panic have no part in helping anyone. So we would like to share some words of reassurance for current and prospective brides and grooms.

Covid-19 (Coronavirus disease) and your wedding photographs advice and wisdom

Our wedding photography service is designed to any relieve stressful elements of a wedding. We do this to achieve the highest quality natural photographs possible. We understand that when thinking about the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and your wedding it can be a tricky time to plan or organise. You may have some concerns doing so.

It’s important to focus on the fact that one day this pandemic will be a memory. That you will get married to your partner and that your dream wedding will take place, full of love as you have always imagined. As with everything in these uncertain times, we all need to think sensibly, sympathetically and flexibly.

Covid-19 And Your Wedding – For Our Booked Couples

Don’t Panic – Plan. We will still provide you with the best service and wedding photographs possible.

Feeling like you have no control over the situation? We have the cure. Plan. Consult those involved in your wedding, gather information, take expert advice, plan and develop contingencies.

It almost goes without saying that we take a sensible approach to the situation. Murray and I are currently following government guidelines, living and working in ‘self-isolation’. Our days are filled with our loving families and our wonderful work.

We are constantly chatting on the phone, giving advice and help and meeting with our clients using video calling software. So please, if you are worried, need advice or just need to hear a reassuring voice on the end of the phone give us a call.

For Those Marrying In The Next Few Months – Don’t Panic

If you are planning on marrying in the next few months we now recommend postponing your wedding. Don’t worry – we are here to help you do so. As we tend to get booked up a couple of years ahead it’s a good idea to contact us as soon as possible. We will do our best to accommodate a change of date and/ or venue.

Also, talk to your venue as soon as you can. This way you will be in the strongest position to find an alternative date that works for you. Acting now can help you keep the majority of your plans and financial commitments in place. We also recommend considering ‘off-peak’ dates and seasons, where venues are more likely to have availability. Don’t worry – your photographs will still be stunning!

All of the wedding suppliers we have talked to recently are bending over backwards to be available for postponements. Many of our recommended suppliers are also helping our brides out, stepping in where others can not. Please remember that this can be a stressful time for suppliers too- often independent businesses and small teams that are financially affected by the outbreak, we are all doing our best to support each other.

We advise that you also check the specifics of your wedding insurance regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and postponing your wedding. Which have investigated some of the main suppliers and asked what coronavirus means for wedding insurance.

Hitched have also covered questions such as “Will I Need to Postpone or Cancel My Wedding Because of Coronavirus?” in their article “Will Coronavirus Affect My Wedding Day?”.

Don’t Forget Your Honeymoon

Now is also the time to contact your travel suppliers and talk to them. Any travel plans, transport, accommodation and activities will also be affected. Again, calling your insurance is the first priority. Arm yourself with information, make a plan and you will feel better for it.

For Those Marrying Later In The Year

These are unprecedented times and no one knows what is going to happen and when. Having a plan b can help with peace of mind even if you never have to use it.

You should talk to your partner and guests about the possibility of postponing, what this means for you and what actions are needed. Having a contingency plan in place that can be easily enacted will take some of the stress away should you need to make a decision in the future.

With that in mind, we feel that it is important to keep up to date with the situation. Remember – you are not alone, thousands of brides and grooms are in the same situation as yourself. Follow the government guidelines and stay safe.

Useful Links regarding Coronavirus and your wedding:

UK Government Covid-19 Information

Guidance On The Coronavirus Bill

Covid-19 And Weddings Facebook Group

FCO Travel Advice

Church Of England News

Hitched Guide To Postponing Your Wedding

Responsible Wedding Venues

Over the last couple, we have become aware of wedding venues reacting to the situation very differently.

Some venues are encouraging couples to book in for the few 2021 dates they have free in the middle of summer. This may sound like a great idea, however, the chances of any of the couple’s other suppliers having these popular wedding dates free are minimal. Why create even more stress in the current situation?

Responsible venues seem to be more flexible, re-scheduling for later in the year. Some are even opening Fridays as wedding dates when the would normally only host on a Saturday. That way couple’s chosen suppliers are much more likely to be available for rescheduling.

Bride gets into her dress on morning of Upton house wedding

For those planning a wedding

Don’t Panic. We are still here for you. Our years of experience and friendly personal service has not changed.

The majority of our initial correspondence with couples planning a wedding is done over the phone and online. As we work with couples from all over the world we are more than used to meeting over Skype or Facebook, enthusiastically chatting about all things weddings.

Murray Lambert documentary wedding photographer at a Dorset wedding

As a relevant side note – we always recommend purchasing wedding insurance. Compared to a total wedding budget £50 is little to pay for peace of mind.

For Anyone Worried About Covid 19 (Coronavirus) And Your Wedding

Wonderful chap and all-round savant Chris Piercy has written a small tome that we would recommend any bride read. Applying Stoic philosophy and a positive approach to wedding planning/ organisation genuinely helps reduce anxiety. Chris gives you the tools to do so in “Blissful Wedding Planning: Becoming a Stoic Bride”.

Covid 19 And Your Wedding – Final Thoughts – Don’t Panic

A sensible approach can go a long way to reduce any anxiety planning or organising a wedding. You are the only people that know your wedding intimately enough to judge the risks and corresponding precautions to take for Covid 19 (Coronavirus) and your wedding.

Government advise and regulation will be constantly changing over the next few months – keep an eye on it. We are always staying up to date and are here for you with help and advice.

Bride in Oriel window at Athelhampton House wedding venue by one thousand words wedding photography

 

So… Don’t Panic (and always know where your towel is!)