Good morning and a happy Monday! I’m not entirely sure where the sunshine and good vibes have gone; it’s definitely feeling a bit grey and murky out there today, isn’t it? My only saving grace is that instead of writing this wedding blog piece, I would have been on site de-rigging from a beautiful marquee wedding in Norfolk – in the rain!
Anyway, we’ve had lots of emails across the past few days from couples who have been holding out in the hope that they might still host their 2020 wedding. There’s absolutely no doubt that the latest government announcement has caused a ripple of confusion and anxiety for couples who have planned their wedding for this year.
It’s safe to say that most wedding venues and wedding suppliers have also experienced a great deal of frustration as the guidance, on the first review, isn’t the clearest. So, we’d like to share our interpretation of the latest government guidance to help if you have a wedding planned for 2020.
Firstly, let’s look at the official guidance, taken from the government gateway website:
1.17 CAN WEDDINGS GO AHEAD?
Yes, from 4th July, weddings and civil partnerships will be allowed to take place. You should only invite close friends and family, up to a maximum of 30 people. The wedding exception is for wedding ceremonies only. Large wedding receptions or parties should, of course, not be taking place. Wedding celebrations can only happen when people follow the guidance of six people outdoors, support bubbles, or two households indoors or outdoors. It is critical for these guidelines to be observed to keep you and your family and friends as safe as possible.
So, what does this mean? Well, in essence, the guidelines apply to small wedding ceremonies only of up to 30 people, as long as you’re adhering to the rules in the official guidance.
It’s important to note that the wedding ceremony can only have 30 people in total, so this will include your vicar (or faith leader), your photographer and videographer, as well as any other suppliers that you have arranged, such as musicians, for example.
Sadly, at this time, wedding receptions or wedding celebrations as we know them, cannot proceed unless they meet the strict criteria above.
We’ve seen lots of marketing posts from wedding suppliers and wedding venues confirming that weddings of 30 people can go-ahead from the 4th July. In essence, there is truth to this based on the above government guidance. However, for most couples, who were planning a larger wedding, reducing their plans so substantially to facilitate a ceremony only with strict social distancing rules in place isn’t an attractive prospect. For some couples who were already hosting a smaller, more intimate micro wedding, the guidance may not throw such a big spanner in the works.
So, what should you do if you were aiming to get married in 2020? Well, the first thing to say here is that whilst there is no immediate plan to allow mass gatherings or wedding receptions, guidance from the government regarding weddings is regularly changing.
So, if you’re wedding is scheduled for later on in 2020, particularly across the winter months, we’d advise you to first explore plan b or contingency options with your venue and suppliers, but, to hold fire on taking any action for now. There remains a possibility that your wedding may be able to go ahead as scheduled. However, opening up discussions with your wedding venue and wedding suppliers now, means you’ll be able to move quickly should you need to implement your contingency plan at a later date.
Sadly, if you’re wedding is scheduled across the next few weeks, and your vision for the perfect wedding is to have all of your loved ones around you, now is the time to start seriously considering postponement options. We’ve written lots of wedding blog pieces about postponing your wedding, so do take a look, and there’s also some useful wedding planning advice about how to open up communications with your wedding venue and suppliers.
We know from our wedding planning clients that this is a very difficult and challenging time for couples who are planning a wedding. In an environment where so much uncertainty exists, it’s incredibly frustrating for couples planning their wedding as well as the wedding venues and suppliers who were booked to bring your dream wedding to life.
With the majority of One Curious Dream couples now postponed to 2021 and 2022, I can tell you that the overwhelming feeling for our couples has been one of relief. I always feel that being proactive and taking control of a situation, in so much as you are able will leave you feeling more positive about a, frankly, awful set of circumstances. So, if you’re feeling brave, have the discussions now – plan for the worse and hope for the best.
If you’re getting married across London, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge or Essex and struggling to decide how to approach your 2020 wedding, please feel free to reach out to our team of wedding planners for some free, impartial advice. You can reach us on 0800 772 0765 or email@example.com.