Welcome! I’ve wanted to write this blog for some time, but it’s one of those jobs that I just never seem to get round to! Given I’m now self-isolating, I thought, if not now, then when?
Let me start by saying that the reason I wanted to share some insight with you about the weekly goings-on at One Curious Dream (for those of you that don’t know us very well, we’re a UK based wedding planning and wedding design agency) is so you get to know a little bit about what we do and what it takes to plan our clients weddings. There’s still a real perception that wedding planners are a luxury for the rich and famous and that all we do is potter around in high heels with a clipboard. Neither could be further from the truth! So, join me each week and we’ll keep you posted about our beautiful wedding planning business.
I wanted to start with a typical week in the life of our team, but actually, I think this week has been the most unusual that we’ve had and certainly, the toughest.
It will come as no surprise that the coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the wedding industry and as wedding planners, it feels like we’ve been at the epicentre! This entire week has been spent working with our April and May wedding planning clients to decide a course of action that best suits their needs and quite honestly, it’s been tough.
As wedding planners, we’re used to managing the odd wedding postponement, but to manage the simultaneous postponement of two months worth of weddings is kind of a big deal! Needless to say, it’s been all hands on deck in a week that’s seen very little sleep and very long hours. Of course, we’re not complaining, in fact, the opposite.
As stressful as this unexpected scenario is, it’s given our couples so much reassurance to know that we’re here, right by their side, sharing the struggle but also helping them make difficult decisions under the toughest of circumstances. I’m pleased to say that we’ve found solutions for all of our couples and whilst their weddings may take shape a little differently, they WILL go ahead and they WILL be AMAZING.
The media has shared so many stories about the couples who have been forced to postpone or cancel their wedding, but of course, there are many more sides to the story as well. In a week where our wedding planners have been liaising with wedding venues and our trusted network of wedding suppliers, it’s been so difficult to hear about the impact coronavirus is having on them too.
The wedding industry is largely made up of independent, self-employed, micro-sized businesses, all of whom have experienced a substantial drop in bookings and earnings given the cancellations and postponements across the next couple of months. We’ve seen wedding industry friends struggle as they balance the changing needs of their couples whilst doing everything they can to protect their income for the future.
This isn’t the platform get political, but the government needs to find a way to help these businesses and quickly. The wedding industry is a thriving, beautiful collective of the most amazingly talented, dedicated, hard-working folk, and we desperately need them to survive and be open for business when life returns to normality.
Next week, I’ll do my best to share a little more about life at One Curious Dream across the next 7 days, but until then, stay safe and be excellent to each other.