Wedding planning during the pandemic

Planning Your Wedding During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated 17th May 2020

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our world. How we work, gather and socialise are all affected. So is planning your wedding. Welcome to the new normal. 

At the time of writing, wedding ceremonies, both religious and civil have been suspended. My local registrar’s (Suffolk), are hoping that ‘small’ wedding ceremonies will be permitted from the 1st of June 2020. Just what this means, we’re waiting to hear. At present, there’s no indication as to how many people will be permitted to attend or the locations at which they can take place.

Venues also remain closed although there’s pressure on the UK Government to allow then to open to couples for private viewings. Wedding receptions are unlikely to be permitted again until the restrictions on the Hospitality Industry are relaxed. According to the Prime Minister’s tv announcement on 11th May, this will be July at the very earliest and will be dependent on the level of Covid-19 infection in the wider population.

Wedding planning during the pandemic

So, you’re a newly engaged couple and wondering just what your wedding photography options are at this time of Coronavirus? To help answer your questions, I’ve put together a few pointers which I hope will be helpful.

Contents

  • Safely photographing your wedding

  • Small weddings

  • Large weddings

  • Couples shoots

  • What happens if there’s a second wave of infections and our wedding can’t take place?

  • More information

  • Questions?

Safely photographing your wedding

My number one priority is keeping both you and me safe. I don’t want to be that person who spreads COVID to you and your wedding guests. Likewise, I take my health seriously so I’m not going to put myself in a position which risks my wellbeing. I’ve therefore made a few changes to the way I work which, for the time being at least, will be best practice for all wedding photographers. 

Along with supplies of masks, gloves and hand sanitiser, I’ve invested in a couple of new telephoto lenses which enable me to photograph your wedding while maintaining safe social distancing. I’m also asking couples to notify me of any illness in your wedding party (even the most seemingly innocent sniffle) before I arrive at your wedding. If I pick up symptoms at your wedding, it will affect me being able to photograph the weddings which follow. Similarly, if I am ill or isolating at the time of your wedding, I have a network of back-up photographers who will step in to cover for me.

Small weddings

Chances are, you’re thinking of having a small wedding with a handful of your immediate family and friends there to celebrate. Going small doesn’t have to mean skimping on great quality suppliers to make your day. Bridal boutique’s, florists, hairdressers and makeup artists are all able to offer products and services to suit. I’m also working on a special package for small wedding photography which includes safely shooting your ceremony, some family photos and of course, portraits of the newlyweds. There’s also the choice to include an album and prints.

Some couples are considering having a small ceremony now with a traditional reception when the pandemic has passed. Book me for both and I’ll give you a discount to say thank you!

Large weddings

Have you always dreamed of having a large wedding with lots of guests and a great big party? Chances are, you’ll need to wait until the pandemic has passed before we can gather again in large groups. However, there’s no time like the present to start researching and planning. It’s likely that the prime summer wedding dates will be in high demand so why not use this time to draw up a shortlist of likely venues and suppliers. As soon as it’s allowed, venues will be keen to welcome you for viewings. Once your date is booked, you can arrange video consultations with other suppliers.

Couple’s shoots

If you’re looking at a lengthy wait until your wedding, why not consider booking a couples shoot to celebrate your engagement? Put on your glad rags, we’ll meet up somewhere pretty and, at a safe distance, we can make some lovely photos of you both looking gorgeous! Have a look at the Couples Shoots page for more info. Plus, if you’ve booked me to photograph your wedding, you’ll get a £75 discount on the usual price of a Couples Shoot! 

Couples and Engagement Photo Shoots in Suffolk

What happens if there’s a second wave of infections and our wedding can’t take place?

If you need to postpone, I’ll happily move you to a new date without penalty. All I ask is that you coordinate with me on the new date to make sure I’m free. However, if the date is already booked by another couple, I can arrange for a stand-in photographer to fill in for me at no extra charge.

More information

You can see the latest info from Suffolk Registrars and how it may affect your plans on their website: Suffolk Registrars. The Your Church Wedding website has the latest info and advice from the Church of England on marrying in church: Your Church Wedding. Finally, you’ll find lots of regularly updated articles and advice on the Hitched blog: Hitched

Questions?

I know this has been a lot to read through and please contact me if you have any questions, queries, concerns or need some help wedding planning during the pandemic. I’m here for you. It’s never a chore to chat by phone or video call. Just drop me a line and we can take it from there. 

 

Looking forward to the future

As George Harrison sang, ‘All things must pass.’

One day we’ll look back on this time and tell our grand-kids about the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020. You’re part of a generation of couples wanting to marry at a unique time in recent history. Remember, there’s no right or wrong in planning your wedding. What’s important to you might not be to another couple and vice-versa. Of all times, now is when you can embrace what brought you together and allow what feels ‘right’ to guide you. Just stay safe, keep positive and I look forward to being part of your wedding day plans, whatever they may be.

 

 

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Dominic Whiten, 1 Pump Cottages
Main Road, Theberton, Leiston
Suffolk, IP16 4RA