Well, what a rollercoaster the last 15 months have been - thanks, COVID!!
Whether you postponed your special day once, twice or thrice - Or were “lucky enough” (I say lucky, but I know the stress you are going through does not make you feel lucky) to come out the other side without postponing - Your BIG day is nearly here and can go ahead. Yeyy!!
I’ve been a supplier to the wedding industry since 2018 and had the joy of spending those 2 years giving my all to the amazing couples I worked with, only for 2020 to hit and have it ripped away (ok, slightly dramatic, but we’re all allowed to be dramatic in these circumstances).
It looked as if the 21st would offer a sense of normality for the first time in a long time until BoJo burst that bubble.
Fortunately, weddings were finally given a break and we are allowed to crack on.
Yes, there are rules in place, but I for one am not going to let that stop me from bringing my A-game to your wedding.
Nonetheless, if you're uncertain about what these rules mean, try not to worry. Yes, things will look a little different to how you imagined, but the most important factor is that you’re vowing to love each other forever, and love is not cancelled.
Let’s take a look at some of the questions that my couples have been asking.
Why can’t my full guest list attend?
This is possibly the most difficult issue that my couples are facing. While the number of guests may no longer be restricted, venues are required to maintain social distancing.
This might mean that depending on your venue, your guest list will need to be reduced (I’d recommend checking this with your venue). But rather than looking at it with doom and gloom, have a think about how you can still include absent guests in your day.
Here are a few ideas.
See if your venue offers video link equipment. You can then share the ceremony and speeches with your absent guests.
Create a wedding hashtag. Your absent guests can keep up with the action as your guests upload photos and videos throughout the day.
Consider sending a wedding favour to the absent guests before the wedding day, so they can have their own toast for you.
Are we really banned from dancing?
Well, er yes and no. Though dancing is not banned, venues are not allowed a dancefloor (but hey, look on the bright side, you can use this space for extra seated guests!). However, as part of the tradition, you can still have your first dance as a married couple in front of your loved ones.
Do our guests have to wear masks?
As with any indoor premises, masks are a requirement unless you’re eating and/or drinking. So this unfortunately is also the case at your wedding venue. But, there are exemptions, and those exemptions do fall on the bride and groom who are not required to wear masks throughout the day.
If you’re getting married outdoors, there is no legal requirement to wear a mask at an outdoor ceremony or reception. This also includes when taking place in a marquee, provided at least 50% of the walled area is open for it to be classed as ‘outdoors’.
Do you have a colour scheme for your wedding? Wouldn't it be great if you created bespoke masks for your guests? As a photographer, I’m quite excited by that thought!
And regardless, we hopefully have just a few more weeks until ‘Freedom Day’, when we can look back on this blog and think, I can’t believe those restrictions were in place.
If you’d like to read a little more about Weddings after the 21st June, the amazing guides for brides have penned a fabulous open letter.
See you all soon