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Coronavirus – Where Are We Now?

So first off, Springtime 2021 is feeling a whole lot more optimistic than it was Winter 2020 and things do genuinely seem to be on a pleasingly improving curve in terms of what we should all expect come the summer time onwards.

With the rolling out of the vaccine and local testing centres opening widely both Hannah and I are feeling really positive that this summer season should be one to remember.

Having said that, we completely appreciate that some of you reading this will be sketching out a Plan B and with that in mind this page is to help manage your expectations and let you know where you stand.

Finally, we know that everyone is different and some people have chosen to make interim payments etc. Don’t worry, all of that will obviously be taken into account and this is a broad one size fits all for how we would like things to work in a perfect world.

Will Weddings Be “Normal” This Summer?

The honest answer is that we don’t have a crystal ball and can’t be sure of anything. That said, we’d fully expect from March or April for weddings to be starting back up with 15-30 guests and becoming larger and more “normal” as the year progresses.

Maximum numbers of guests and full dancefloors are truly a little unknown at this point but we take some positivity hearing the Prime Minister talking recently saying that the wedding industry should have great confidence from Easter onwards.

I think it’s to be expected that weddings with masks, sanitiser and social distancing will be here for a little while yet but hopefully will be a thing of the past later on this year.

What Precautions Can We Take?

We’ve been waiting for weddings to take place seemingly forever, the last thing we’re going to do is blow it by being sloppy in our approach to safety.

You can be assured that we’ll be wearing masks, using hand sanitiser and having lateral flow tests as often as possible to make sure that you and your guests, as well as us, are as safe as we can be.

What If You Have To Change Your Plans?

It’s not been the easiest of years but we’ve grown accustom to changing things around with fairly short notice and rolling with it as much as we can.

We would expect that you might have to do the same as things develop.  Whether you need 30 people or 130 people the work is still the same for us over the course of a full day so nothing would change, but absolutely if the hours that you need us for do become shorter, or you need just one of us, rather than both Hannah and I then that’s completely fine and we’ll adjust your balance accordingly.

Right now we’re working on a system that your £500 deposit covers the first three hours of coverage and after that we would charge £250 an hour if you no longer needed the agreed collection, this breaks the rules a little in terms of the contract we have between us but you end up with the better deal here and we think it’s a simple way to handle things.

What If We Postpone?

We’re fully expecting that weddings will be up and running and fully legal again come the Spring time. So if you would like to postpone then that’s a choice for you to decide on whether you’re happy to be flexible over your plans, or whether you would push back to next year and wait for things to be hopefully more predictable rather than it being a question of whether they are prevented by a lockdown like we were last year.

The contract we have in place at the moment says that any postponement is treated as a cancellation and a new £500 deposit would need to be paid to rebook. Given the situation, we think this is a bit harsh but at the same time we do have to have a measure of protection in place for us and the business.

We also have a steady stream of enquiries arriving daily for people who are willing to go ahead with a wedding in 2021 and peak dates for this year and next year are still in demand. We spent 2020 without any wedding income and realistically doing the same again in 2021 is just not feasible. So, we’ve come up with what we think is a fairer system.

Reduced Coverage Weddings – £500 deposit = First 2hrs. Then £200 per hour, Max = 6hrs Total

Postpone to another date within 2021 – No new charges

Postpone to a weekday in 2022 – Collect 50% of the balance, with the final balance to be paid 30days before the new date. No new charges

Postpone to a Fri/Sat in 2022 – Collect 50% of the balance, with the final balance to be paid 30days before the new date + £350 New Deposit

Cancellation – Loss of deposit already paid

Stay Upbeat

Our availability ongoing is below (if you scroll to January 2022 and then return to the drop down, magically dates for the rest of the year will appear) Above all else, we want to find fair and happy solutions for all of you and it’s in all of interests to work together to make that happen. If you need to chat just pick up the phone and let’s bounce some ideas around and we’re sure it’ll all come together perfectly.

Michael & Hannah

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