The impact of COVID-19 has had on everyone is monumental. Our plans have unavoidably changed but that doesn’t mean they won’t be any less epic. Difficult decisions are being made, whether your wedding is at home or abroad, so we've gathered some of the specific questions to help.
Although, it's important to remember that you’re never alone in this pandemic. You have friends, fellow brides and importantly your partner to help you through this time - share experiences.
01 When Will Weddings Be Possible Again?
The government have given no exact dates for when weddings may be allowed to take place, but we do know that there will not be any changes to the rules till approximately 15th June.
As of the 5th June, the latest Government FAQs read: “There’s no change at this time. We understand the frustration couples planning a wedding must be feeling, so we have set out our intention to enable small wedding ceremonies from 1 June. As with all coronavirus restrictions on places of worship, venues and social distancing, we will look to ease them as soon as it is safe to do so.”
The opening of places of worship and hospitality businesses, such as pubs and hotels, will happen in step three, which won’t come into effect before the 4th July 2020.
This means that your choice of venue may be able to host a smaller version of your wedding as of late summer, but as long as the day complies with social-distancing rules.
02 What should 2021 couples be doing now?
It can be hard to be excited right now, especially with the limiting details that the government have given. Stay patient with yourself as the daily briefings unfold new information. Go over any bookings, read your contacts and speak to your suppliers personally as they will be able to give advice for your specific date. Make sure you, your partner and all vendors are all on the same page.
03 Should We Keep Planning Our Summer 2020 Wedding?
Pandemic or no pandemic, postponing your wedding is always a heartbreaking decision. Nonetheless, rescheduling to later this year or into 2021 is becoming the safest option, if you can postpone. Boris Johnson’s speech made it clear, the re-opening of England is very conditional on the R rate (reproduction rate) of the virus staying below 1.
A survey conducted by Hitched found that 76% of couples are rescheduling their wedding before July, with the majority taking theirs forward into next year. The good news is that not all will reschedule, as they have also found that overall 87% are still planning on keeping their original date.
04 Will we still be able to have the same wedding as we planned.
Air on the side of caution while being prepared to plan for a second date, just in case. Even if “small weddings” will be allowed in June, expect ceremonies to be different. The possibility that weddings will have limits of five or 10 guests, recommendations to wear masks and social distance and outdoor weddings could be encouraged.
05 How do I tell people we are postponing if we don’t have a new date yet?
When plans that you have been excited about for months, have to change unavoidably, you can feel somewhat devastated. Yet, communication is going to be key for you, your guests and your suppliers. Keep people up to date with any and all changes you may have.
The Little Extras, are giving you free postponed cards and we are also able to offer you online save the dates for those who have already sent invitation so that you can still have a positive experience of sending invitations and planning your wedding.
Remember that this is a bump in the road, not a dead end. Your dream wedding will still happen, and you will marry your partner surrounded by all your friends and family.
Celebrate the small things and be optimistic about all the things that you can do for your day. Get in touch, if we can help in any way or if you wish to discuss your invitations.