HOW CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 COULD AFFECT YOUR WEDDING

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Understandably we’re all worried about wedding plans and the health and safety of family and friends. None of us know what’s going to happen, so the best we can do is try to find our way through this unprecedented situation together.


WHAT IF WE HAVE TO POSTPONE OR CANCEL OUR WEDDING?

Should you need to postpone or cancel your wedding, your first point of call should be your wedding insurance. They should be able to talk your through their position is specifically to your policy if the UK government declares a lock down, or if the wedding has to be postponed or cancelled due to Coronavirus.

Most of my clients so far have chosen to postpone their wedding to next year and even the one after that and I am working with all of them to make it possible at no extra cost. Hopefully all will be well between now and your wedding date and you won’t have to move or cancel it, nor drastically change any of your plans.

As hard as it can be, try not to get sucked into the Coronavirus information overload on the internet. This is a situation that none of us wanted or expected to be in, and all I can offer is to work with you to find a solution for your individual situation. My strong preference would be to work together to find a date where all can still be a part of it.

Having said that, the options listed below are for my couples who are forced to postpone or cancel their wedding due to COVID-19.


If you move your wedding to a date due to COVID-19, and I am available:

• I will send over an updated contract to be signed with a new date on it. Everything else remains exactly the same, no additional fees for changing dates, etc.

If you move your wedding to a date due to COVID-19, and I am not available, two options:

• I can have an associate shooter shoot your wedding at the later date. I will still edit and deliver your images. I will offer a 10% discount off your total package to compensate for having a different photographer on the day of.

• I give you back 50% of your deposit (if we are close enough to your wedding date and you have paid the remaining balance, I will refund that portion entirely) and our contract will be terminated. This option is only for weddings that are directly affected by current state mandated regulations on events. Most vendors will not offer any refunds on your deposit, I am doing what I feel is right and fair (it is neither one of our faults for having to terminate the contract in this circumstance).


WHAT IF I CATCH COVID-19?

According to the government, they estimate that around 80% of us here in the UK will get Covid-19. Not something to relish, but they are also saying that most of us will have mild symptoms or even no symptoms at all. If I feel sick (cough, fever) before your wedding, I will inform you as soon as possible and ask how you would like to proceed. I promise to be honest with you about my own health so that you can make an educated decision about your event. Here are some options:

1. If I am not able to photograph or you’d prefer for me to stay home: I will secure a talented replacement photographer to cover the wedding in my place. I will still edit all your photos myself in my editing style. I have trusted friends in this industry who I would trust to shoot my own wedding, I would have one of these amazing people step in for me.

2. If you want to find another photographer by yourself, I will refund your final payment (everything but your non-refundable deposit).


WHAT DOES OUR CONTRACT SAY?

If you need to postpone your wedding, there’s a few items I’d have to amend in your contract, but ultimately, I’d do my best to transfer things over to your new chosen date providing I am available. By working together, we can hopefully find a date that works for us all. The cancellation terms of the contract mean that your booking fee is non-refundable if you cancel or postpone your wedding due to COVID-19 up until 30 days before your wedding. If you cancel within 30 days of your wedding, any other payment made over and above the retainer will not be refunded.

As uncomfortable as that was to write, I think it’s important for all of us to know where we stand and so that you can communicate it clearly to your wedding insurance should you need to.


ADDITIONAL ISSUES:

Payments: Some people are losing their jobs or are on limited hours due to the virus, and as such payments may become a problem. Please reach out to us individually and we will do our best to either set up a payment plan or figure out a solution that will work best for both of us going forward.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are on your team and want you to have the most amazing wedding you can. We are here to help you however we can. Our hope is to come out on the other side of this pandemic with a whole lot of pent up energy, eager to celebrate with loved ones in close quarters again. 

If you have any questions as to our protocols, plans, contracts or payment schedules, please get in touch.


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