It’s been a tough week for many across the UK as we received the news that the latest coronavirus restrictions will remain in place for the next six months. The furlough scheme is ending soon, and many jobs and businesses are unfortunately at risk.
One industry that has been hit hard by the pandemic is weddings. My heart goes out to the couples, suppliers and venues that are having to battle through at the moment and navigate the on-going changes.
What are the latest rules for weddings?
On Tuesday, Boris Johnson announced that the number of guests allowed at weddings is to be reduced from 30 to 15. This is despite funerals being permitted to go ahead with 30 mourners.
Couples are naturally frustrated and confused by the new rule where they can’t have 30 guests sit down for their wedding breakfast, but a restaurant can have 30 in for lunch. Many who have already cut their numbers down, now face further difficult decisions of whether to cut guests or postpone.
Making the decision to postpone
After the announcement this week, my partner and I made the difficult decision to postpone our wedding, which should have been on 2nd April 2021, to 2022. We are disappointed that our big day now feels so far away but were fortunate enough to be able to move all of our chosen suppliers to our new date without any problems. While we could have waited and hoped the situation would improve, we didn’t want to be feeling worried and stressed about what should be one of the happiest days in our lives.
Many couples are now facing the same decision with some having to move their weddings for the second time because of the pandemic. It’s not an easy process to go through and couples are having to be patient with suppliers who are also suffering and trying to do their best for their clients. I’m extremely thankful to my suppliers who made the process as smooth as possible and I hope that they can support themselves through this time.
A message to couples
For other couples who are going through this at the moment, it’s important to keep in mind that you will get your day eventually. Prioritise what is important to you and if you have to wait a little longer for the big wedding you’ve always dreamed of that’s ok. You may prefer to have a smaller ceremony now and save a big celebration for later. The most important thing is you have each other for support and you have your day to look forward to even if you aren’t sure when that will be yet.
Be patient with your suppliers and keep communication open with them. We’re all looking forward to the day when normality returns and celebrating with all of your family and friends is possible!
About the Author
Jenny Tait is the Founder and Creator of The Life Stuff. She is a Director at Bridgewater Recruitment Group and has contributed advice articles to sites including CV-Library, CareerExperts and the Universities of Nottingham, Surrey and Kent.