I would firstly like to state that I do not carry any symptoms outlined by the World Health Organisation for Covid-19. I have not recently travelled and as far as I’m aware I have not been in contact with anyone who has been to a high-risk area. Should any of this change, my clients will, of course, know first and necessary actions will be taken to ensure the safety of my clients.
I also regularly wash my hands anyway and will now also be cleaning my camera kit and bags after every wedding.
So, how will Covid-19 affect your wedding?
With advice continually changing, social media opinions and media hype. It’s easy to get confused and worried about your wedding day.
So far only Scotland has made a ban on social and event gatherings, but these are bans to cover events of more than 500 people only. Unless you have a huge wedding, you should remain safe from this particular ban. At the time of writing, we are still waiting for a potential ban in England and Wales.
For Ireland however, this ban is for over 100 people which may affect some larger weddings as most are between 80-120 guests.
It’s simple advice, but for now, the general advice is not to attend large events if you’re ill, showings signs of the Covid-19, or at in high-risk category. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms however mild, (cough and high temperature) it is now recommended you self-isolate for 7 days.
While it will be sad not to have some people attending the wedding who may be affected by the above, I’m sure we can all agree that their health is the essential factor. They can always look at photos or videos; you could even set up a skype viewing and stream the ceremony to them if you wanted. (I once watched a friend in Canada get married via Skype, it was great. We had popcorn and everything!) Or keep some favours and cake to one side and give them out to the guests who couldn’t make it, so they feel a part of the day.
Bernadette Chapman from UK Alliance of Wedding Planners says: “Contact all of your suppliers and venue and ask if they have additional health and safety measures in place. Have they put restrictions on staff travel, for example? Will you have confirmation that no-one working on your wedding day will have been to an infected country within 14 days of your wedding?” UK Alliance of Wedding Planners
Your venue will likely be only too happy to reassure you and put your mind at rest. Whilst they also implement their own health and safety checks and stick to government guidelines. After all, sadly we are all businesses and this is a testing time for all involved in how we act and perform.
Wedding Plan Insurance has recently confirmed that their policy will not cover weddings cancelled due to fear of the virus. “Our policy would only provide cover if your venue is unable to hold your wedding due to the outbreak of infectious or contagious disease, the venue is closed by the relevant authority, or the death, injury or sickness of you or your close relative that would make continuance of the wedding inappropriate, subject to the policy terms and conditions.”Wedding Plan Insurance
The bottom line for couples is that the risk is still currently minimal. But if worried check your insurance and do not panic cancel your wedding as doing so will likely leave you with the full burden of the cost of your wedding possibly unnecessarily. Try to remain calm and sensible and care for all those around you.