Your wedding and Coronavirus, will you be affected?
I sent out an email to all my 2020 clients last week and the response of support has been amazing. However I'm certainly beginning to notice that this isn't just affecting brides and grooms of March to June weddings but even those later in the year. I have even had questions from 2021 couples asking the "just in case" questions...
So... whether your a client of mine or not I have written this blog post to explain how I am dealing with the elephant in the room, the COVID-19 pandemic.
Never in my life did I think something like this would happen, I still feel like im living in a very surreal horror movie. My boyfriend is a key worker and I see less and less of him lately, but I am so proud of the work he is doing to keep our world going.
I on the other hand have planned out my weeks to be as productive as possible. I hate being stuck in and yes I am going a little bit mad... if I wasn't already that is!
I tell you what.... the house and garden are going to look incredible after all the DIY I have done and my business is going to be top notch after I have ticked everything off the to do list! I am finding time for things I have never ever had time for and thats a blessing.
Anyway.... enough of me waffling on; here are the important bits and bobs you need to know if you are planning a wedding.
The last thing I want to do is cause panic so please take everything I say and apply it to your life, no one else's. Currently I have absolutely everything crossed that we will be back to normal by July however, this email should answer any queries or worries you may have regarding your wedding and how it could be affected.
Everything is so uncertain. I am with you. I understand! It’s going to be a very difficult few months as a small business and I am preparing for that!
I understand that some of you may choose to postpone your wedding day to a later date when you wouldn’t need to worry about you or your guests health, travel plans etc. However please be aware that the following terms only apply if the government are still not allowing venues, churches etc to open. If you are postponing / cancelling due to any other reason please email me or review your contract.
If you are thinking about postponing your wedding day:
I understand the financial burden of rescheduling a wedding day, particularly if your wedding is within the next few months. If you choose to reschedule because of COVID-19, please let me know as soon as possible. I have some availability and flexibility for dates, so please do not worry about losing me as your photographer. However PLEASE get in contact once you have heard from your venue and let me know what dates they're offering you. I would be more than happy to share my diary availability.
If I am unable to photograph your new wedding date I will do my upmost best to find you a photographer, someone I trust with a similar style of work.
Furthermore, any amount paid towards your invoice will be applied to your rescheduled event date, so long as the event is rescheduled to take place on or before December 31, 2021. You will not incur any rescheduling fees or lose payments you have already made.
If your new wedding date is to take place in 2022, deposits will be transferred to secure your new wedding date if I am available however package prices will be subject to change based on my 2022 wedding rates.
My goal is to help make postponing your wedding day as easy and stress-free as possible for you if this is the route you choose to take.
If you are thinking about cancelling your wedding day:
My cancellation policy stands that all deposits / booking fees are non-refundable and if your wedding is within the two weeks of cancellation then the full payment will still be due. If your wedding is more than two weeks away I can cancel your booking and no further payment is due.
If I fall ill and become unable to photograph your day:
This would be a first, I have never in my years of being a wedding photographer cancelled or not attended. As said above I am taking every precaution to keep myself healthy however in the case that I do fall ill, have to self isolate and can not Photograph your wedding I will put every effort into finding you a new photographer that you are happy with.
I have been blown away with the wedding community, the support has been amazing! Together we have created a support group of over 50 photographers from the UK and we’re ready to face what comes next.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out. I want to have an open discussion about this with all of you! I am all ears and ready to help in whatever way I can.
I have linked below a few amazing resources and blogs that are answering questions about your wedding and coronavirus.
HITCHED - Corona and everything wedding
GUIDES FOR BRIDES - How will my wedding be affected
ROCK MY WEDDING - Step by step guide on actions to take at this time of uncertainty.
VOGUE - You're not alone, read this brides story.
There are also sooo many companies offering discounts and freebies if you have had to postpone your wedding, I think this is the best one though!!!
BLOOM GIN - Offering free minatures as wedding favours too all postponed weddings
"Nobody is taking your deposit and using it to buy a jaguar - those funds are used to keep companies afloat as they work towards our- and your- common goal"
- Marcy Blum
Sending love and good health,
Laura Jayne is a professional photographer with a passion for showing people how beautiful they are.