Okay, as a Wedding Photographer with many DREAM clients and weddings booked in this season, I feel I can’t ignore what is happening, and I know you’re probably a little bit worried about the Coronavirus too. So let’s talk about some options.
First things first, I just want to say that I intend on attending every wedding I have booked in my diary, exactly as we'd planned when you booked it and I am still as excited about your wedding as you are. There is no real evidence to suggest your weddings are under threat right now, but having a plan B never hurt anyone, did it?
If I get the dreaded Coronavirus, I will of course not be able to attend because it simply isn’t worth the risk to your guests. I take that responsibility very seriously, as I do my duty of care to you as your chosen photographer to capture your big day beautifully. I will treat this just like any other illness scenario as outlined in your contact – I will find someone great to cover from me (as a photography community we are all equally worried and supporting each other in this).
As things stand the government are not recommending limiting social gatherings. But just in case they do follow other leads and ask us not to gather in groups of more than 100, here are some ideas.
If your wedding is under 100 people, yay, no drama. But if it’s 100+, as many are, here are your options.
Scale things back
Okay, theoretically speaking, if you have 125 guests you basically need somehow find a way of asking 30 or so people not to to attend. All kinds of AWKWARD, I know, and not a conversation I’d like to have, but we’re in the midst of a health pandemic here. You could make it just family and/or closest friends and let those who aren’t the closest to you know that you are making the day more intimate as a result of the crisis, and celebrate with them another time. OR you could put your cards on the table & ask people to voluntarily withdraw. You might find that many of your guests are wary of coming anyway, because of their or another family members age or ill health. Some may be worried about or unable to travel to you from farther afield. It’s possible you could meet your target number without hurting anyones feelings. And you still get to have the brilliant day you’ve spent so long planning and looking forward to.
In exceptional circumstances, postponement might be a decision you make. Your first port of call is your wedding insurers – you’ll need to contact them to see if your coverage is affected if you move or postpone the day. If you do go down this route you'll need to.
Chat to your venue and other suppliers - You can transfer your date with me to any time within 12 months of your original booking, providing I am free, with no change in my service to you. You might find your clients have similar clauses, but you’d need to check with them of course. All this needs to be thought about before a decision is made.
Chat to your loved ones - See what they think. They may be relieved at the idea of moving it, and may also have some wise thoughts about what you should do.
Get a new plan in place - After finding the dates your suppliers/venue are free on, make a plan of how to confirm, communicate, and deal with your postponement.
I hope this eases any worries a little. The vast majority of you will have no problems at all, and it will be businesses as usual. This is purely a backup plan in case of emergency, but let’s keep things in perspective. The world will keep turning, and you WILL get married, you will have the best day EVER. Please do keep in touch and let me help any way I can.
I hope this eases any worries a little bit. The vast majority of you will have no problems at all, and it will be businesses as usual. This is purely a backup plan in case of emergency, but let’s keep things in perspective. The world will keep turning, and you WILL get married, you will have the best day EVER. Please do keep in touch and let me help any way I can.
I’ve got lots of these planned over the coming months too. Obviously if I or anyone in my family become ill, then I’ll let you know immediately and we can look for an alternate date. If you or anyone in your family are unwell then I’d just ask you to do the same. It’s all about being considerate to ourselves and each other in these challenging times, and family shoots can easily be rearranged.
I'll be keeping a close eye on the latest advice, and I expect this will change by the day.
If you have any questions at all, please just shout. Stay safe, wash your hands, try not to panic.
Big love, Hannah.xx