What is a couple to do?
Sitting here towards the end of April I might expect to have around 6 weddings to photograph in the coming 8 weeks.
Instead – I find that all my couples have now changed their dates – and these have been re-arranged for between November 2020 and May 2021. I applaud the positive decisions these couples have made – and more to the point I am delighted that all their venues and suppliers have been so accommodating.
So what about those couples who have not yet made up their minds? Well I certainly won’t be offering definitive advice (therein lies a law-suit!) but maybe some pointers:
- If you have wedding insurance check with them before making any changes or cancellations.
- Venues and suppliers are MOSTLY being very helpful – but a cancellation may mean a lost deposit or worse – generally you are better to rebook assuming that we will have our restrictions lifted by your revised date.
- Check first with your “one-a-day only” suppliers when setting any new date. There are many suppliers who can cover several weddings in one day – florists spring to mind. However your venue (or at least your particular part of it) and your photographer, and your entertainment are unlikely to be so flexible.
- Don’t necessary be afraid of weekdays or out-of-season dates. These can have significant cost savings.
We can’t always promise that a family will be walking by with a sledge at your wedding – or that they will let the bride use it! However there will be plenty of scope for photography at any time of year – it might just be a bit different.
One word of caution – in winter more than ever you will need to hire a professional photographer with the experience to deal with the unexpected.
Stay safe everyone – and have a great day when it happens.