With many couples due to get married over the next few months, it’s really no surprise that there is an element of worry about how the Coronavirus could affect your wedding day.
Firstly, I cannot stress enough - I intend to be at every wedding I have booked in the diary. I’m taking all appropriate measures to avoid getting sick including social distancing, avoiding crowded places and unnecessary outings. I’m following advice about face touching and hand washing. During your wedding we’ll aim for air high-fives all round!
If I become symptomatic (as outlined by the Government this is currently a cough or a fever) I promise not to turn up to your wedding and potentially infect you and your guests. I’m lucky enough to be part of a fantastic community of wedding filmmakers that I trust to film your day. If I do need cover, I will give you as much notice as I can without causing you to worry. It’s important we just keep calm and communicate. If this happens, I will still oversee your pre-wedding information, suitably prep my cover and still manage everything that happens after your wedding (including editing!).
I also think it’s important to say: it’s OK if you don’t know what to do. My service hasn’t changed, I’m still on the other end of the phone if you need advice or help.
1. Don’t Panic
Easier said than done, right? Unfortunately, this is the best advice to give you. Whilst the government decide how they are going to deal with this, no-one is an expert. Keep an open mind and wash your hands!
One scenario is that the government introduce ‘crowd control’ and ban large social gatherings both indoors and outside. There’s every chance this could mean a ban for events over 500 people. I don’t know about you, but I barely know 50 people, let alone 500! However, if you do have a large guestlist, it may be time to revisit the numbers.
If the UK does follow other leads with this, we might see an extreme case scenario banning events with 100 attendees or more. So, if your wedding is 100+ then you might want to consider revising your guest list. The WHO (World Health Organisation) has indicated that the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions are amongst the worst affected by the virus, so serious consideration would have to be taken as to whether these guests should attend the day.
The last thing I want to do is to come across as ‘opportunistic’, but I feel it’s my duty as a wedding videographer to highlight, now more than ever, just how important it can be to have your wedding day filmed. As well as a stunning way to remember one of the best days of your lives, a wedding film can help show the story of your day to guests unable to make your wedding, particularly for grandparents – This could really make their day in the unfortunate event that they cannot attend.
3. Venue Change
Having spoken to a lot of venues in my area, I know that they are doing everything they can to monitor and mitigate disruption as much as possible. However, there is every possibility that your venue reports a previous guest with symptoms and needs to postpone your event. In this case, consider moving your wedding day to a loved one’s house or alternative venue (although not ideal, remember it’s the people around you that matters!).
I feel like there is a lot of bad advice circling that tells couples to go straight to postponement. I, however, feel like this should be the last resort. I know how hard my couples work in planning and preparing every last detail for their big day. You need to consider lots of things, one of which is “can we afford to move our wedding date?”.
Given a lot of us suppliers don’t have any virus/zombie clause in our contracts, this is something to discuss with your wedding suppliers along with your wedding insurance provider. I am willing to move your wedding date to any of my available dates later in 2020 or 2021 and can transfer your booking deposit to this new date.
5. Support Each Other
Whilst it’s easy to panic, please consider all the different avenues when it comes to your health and happiness.
Your suppliers really care about you, and are also worried about their business. Work with them to create a plan that works for both sides. Take advice from your insurers and loved ones. I’ve already seen some amazing comments from parents of couples saying “we’ll put a tent up in the garden if we have to”. I LOVE that attitude. I think cancelling your big day should be the last option for you.
6. Wash your hands!
Juuust incase you’ve forgotten…
Take care, Jake x