NOTE: This information was updated on 14th July 2021 and I’m reviewing the government guidance as and when it is annouced. This information may be slightly out of date, but if you have any concerns, please do contact me to discuss further on 07984349058 or email [email protected].Philip Bedford
We’re all struggling with the coronavirus pandemic that has shocked the world in 2020, and of course the wedding industry, and wedding photographers have been impacted too. I thought it might be helpful to share some thoughts and advice for you regarding coronavirus and wedding photography at this incredibly trying time.
Almost all of my clients who had weddings planned for spring and summer 2020 have postponed their wedding to 2021 – and currently we’re finally seeing lifting of all restrictions that were placed on the wedding industry throughout the past 18 months. Hopefully, we won’t face further restrictions but it is important that we continue to monitor the situation and follow guidance and advice of the safety measures we can take to ensure that we minimise the spread of Covid 19.
I’ve been doing as much research as I can in the wedding industry in order to be as informed as possible about the current circumstances regarding Covid-19, and please don’t hesitate to give me a call if you’d like to chat through any of your concerns. Although the UK seems to be having tremendous success with their vaccination rollout, there are of course other complications, such as new variants of the virus and, even if our entire pollution was vaccinated, I expect this will still affect international travel, e.g and wedding guests coming from abroad.
Hopefully, none of this will affect you and your wedding in the coming months, and we’ll be back to normal very soon, with weddings in full swing from July onwards.
I’ve found the information provided by hitched.co.uk on their website to be really useful: https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-planning/organising-and-planning/will-coronavirus-affect-my-wedding-day/
What if I want to postpone my wedding because of coronavirus?
These are totally unprecedented times, and we’re all in this together, facing new challenges and ever-changing circumstances. Talk to your venues, caterers and other suppliers – they’ll be pleased to hear from you and should be happy to discuss options. The wedding industry is all run by independent businesses that care about their clients – it’s why I wanted to work in the sector. If you are thinking about postponing, contact me and I can check my diary to see if I’m able to cover your new date.
Covid-19 : My policy on Coronavirus and your wedding photography
From my perspective, unless the circumstances change, your wedding will be going ahead as planned and I will be preparing to photograph your big day as agreed. I will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation in regards to your wedding photography, and I have produced a Covid-19 risk assessment that I will be following whilst case numbers are still quite high.
Should you have to postpone your wedding booking due to the coronavirus, I would be happy for you to move your date, and I will honour all fees paid and the package will remain as booked. A new contract will be issued to confirm the new date, which would supersede the current contract we have in place and the terms will remain the same. Even if your wedding date moves to next year, the prices will remain the same at the time of your wedding photography booking. Please liaise with me before booking a new date if you’re able to and I can check my availability.
What happens if I’m not available due to this pandemic?
If something happens to me, or I’m not able to shoot a new wedding date if you postpone, I will support you by hiring a replacement wedding photographer, one of the many people in the industry that I know and trust, with a similar style to myself. There will be no additional cost to you, and I would be happy to manage all logistics to ensure that the process is as smooth as possible so you can still have peace of mind.
We can never be sure of what will happen, but rest assured, I am prepared to the best of my ability and I do have options for you if you feel that you need to change your wedding date, so please do get in touch on 07984349058 or email me at [email protected].
For the latest government advice on coronavirus see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-summer-2021-roadmap