One Curious Dream regular blog readers will know that we’ve been sharing wedding planning advice for couples who have been impacted by Coronavirus for some weeks now. We’ve covered pretty much everything from how communication is vital when postponing your wedding through to ways you can still plan your wedding during the lockdown.
We’ve written our wedding planning blogs from a place of positivity, sharing advice to help couples planning their wedding navigate these crazy times. As wedding planners, we’re regularly asked about how we think weddings might take shape in the future, and the honest answer is that, sadly, we know as much as you guys do!
There’s so much confusion in the wedding industry right now, and the government guidance seems to have raised more questions than provide answers. It’s safe to say that the wedding industry is one of the hardest hit and wedding venues and wedding suppliers are having many sleepless nights about the future.
My heart truly goes out to couples who are desperately trying to make challenging decisions about their wedding when there’s just so much conflicting advice out there. Newly-engaged couples are also feeling the pain – in a time that should be filled with excitement and joy; it’s been so tricky to progress wedding plans in any meaningful way. We know it’s hard, and we feel the pain with all of you.
So, what do we know? At this stage, information is very limited, unfortunately. At this stage, it looks like there may be a possibility of very small wedding ceremonies taking place from June 1st. By very small, we expect between 5-10 people in total which will include the couples, witnesses and the registrar/vicar/religious leader.
We also know that the plan is for some hospitality businesses to open from July onwards, but of course, this very much depends on the governments five tests being met. At this stage, it’s safe to assume that social distancing measures will remain in place and that hospitality businesses will service much lower numbers of customers. The relation between hospitality businesses gradually opening and weddings, even weddings with smaller guest numbers, taking place still remains unclear.
So, where does this leave us? At One Curious Dream, we’ve been working with all of our 2020 wedding planning couples to identify and implement contingency plans for our clients. For the most part, our 2020 weddings have now postponed to 2021 and 2022. We do have several Wedding Coordination and Wedding Design clients who are waiting to see how the next few weeks pan out before deciding on their course of action.
There’s no doubt it’s a tough decision to make, so if you are a couple who are faced with this difficult choice, our best advice is to keep the lines of communication open with your wedding venue and wedding suppliers. Be open and honest about your thoughts as more than anything, these wonderful wedding industry pros will desperately want to support you as much as they can.
If you’d like to have an informal chat with our wedding planners about what options may be available to you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll come back to you as soon as we can.