From 19th July 2021 all pandemic-related legal restrictions on weddings have been lifted. This means that we all now need to use our personal judgement to manage our own risk. It’s also important to consider that others may wish to take a more cautious approach than we are as we open up. We should all be considerate of this, and provide the opportunity and space for others to reduce close contacts if they wish. In addition, it should be noted that the government expects and recommends that people continue to wear face coverings in crowded areas and that anyone displaying symptoms of Covid-19 (and their close contacts) must self-isolate.
In light of this, Guides For Brides makes the following recommendations to help ensure your wedding runs as smoothly and safely as possible:
- To reduce the chance of you or a member of your immediate family testing positive for Covid in the days before the wedding, you should consider holding stag/hen parties more than 2 week prior to the wedding, working from home if possible in the run up to the big day and generally avoid any unnecessary social contact in the weeks before your wedding
- As 33% of infected cases show no symptoms, it is best practice for all those attending to be taking a lateral flow test on the morning of the wedding
- To enable those who cannot attend, due to shielding or self-isolation, to watch the proceedings you are encouraged to consider live-streaming your wedding ceremony
You can find more advice from Guide For Brides on their website at How to help your guests have fun and feel safe
Obviously your best sources of information and guidance as you plan your wedding will be your wedding planner, your venue and the officiant for your wedding. It's also worth checking the latest guidance on the government's website Click here for government guidance for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and celebrations and on the Cumbria Registration Service website Click here for more information on Cumbria Registration Service website.
In addition, should ongoing or new restrictions require it, I'm also ready to help in any way I can - including modifying your package, adapting my approach, changing your date, switching to a different venue or refunding your deposit.
If you're able to go ahead despite ongoing restrictions
If you're able to go ahead with your wedding in a form that you're happy with despite any restrictions that may be in place at the time of your wedding, then that will be amazing! For those already planning very small or 'Just Us' weddings, it may well be possible to go ahead with minimal impact on your plans. For others planning to scale back their wedding - perhaps moving a larger celebration until next year - it may still be possible to plan a fabulous and memorable wedding day, putting even more focus on you as a couple supported by your closest of family and friends.
In anticipation of this, I've adapted my approach to capturing your wedding to ensure I operate in a Covid-19 secure way to minimise the chance of putting anyone at risk or having to self-isolate by being identified as a close contact of someone who later tests positive.
I'm also ready to adjust your photography package as needed to take into account of any changes in your plans - for example you may need less photography coverage if you're not having an evening reception, but might want to add LIVE streaming of the ceremony to your package, so any guests you can't have with you physically, can still join you remotely on your special day: Click here for more details on LIVE streaming your wedding
If you decide to postpone your wedding
On the other hand, if any restrictions will be in force for when you've planned your wedding, you may be looking at rescheduling to a later date. If that's the case, I'll obviously try to accommodate a change of date and/or venue for you, so please don't hesitate to let me know about any dates you might be considering, so I can check my availability for you. And, in the event, I don't have availability for your revised date, then please don't worry, I can simply refund your deposit, so you can find another photographer to capture your day for you when it comes.
If you decide to move your wedding to next year or beyond, that's no problem at all, but I hope to won't mind me asking for a small uplift in my fees to take account of pricing changes in future years.
If you're having to cancel and regroup
Equally, I'm ready to help if you want to move your wedding but haven't been able to find a suitable revised date. If you want to cancel your booking while you decide what to do, then I can either keep your booking open without a date or refund your deposit if you'd prefer to start again when you've worked out what you want to do.
So, whatever your situation, I'm here to help! Whatever you decide to do, your day WILL come and it WILL be amazing, even if it's not entirely what you envisaged at the outset! Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about anything and in the meantime, continue to take care and stay safe.