Updated: Mar 31, 2020
Where do we start with this one?
Is the wedding industry in turmoil...
As a small business cash flow is a massive part of what we are always trying to balance out. Be the the standard every day running costs of operating a business or those sudden unexpected car bills that seem to always come in just as you starting to get back on your feet after the winter break.
Now, this is unprecedented times in how we can / should / could deal with people having to rearrange their dates.
I know that from my point of view of the 15 brides that we had booked in for their wedding photography ( Stirk House, Sparth Manor, Higher Trapp House, Fence Gate to name a few plus several other local wedding venues). We have had to rearrange their dates, we have moved their booking and monies paid to the new date with no penalty to our brides. We made sure that we had contacted our brides to let them know that, where we could we would squeeze them in and if not we would source someone else to shoot their special day with me still editing the images.
So id just like to offer you some little advice that may just save you some money:
Government Cancelling Events/Gatherings For Small Numbers Of People
This scenario is a no-win for anyone and there is nothing much that any of us can do to mitigate this one. If this does happen the likelihood will be that the date will be pushed back and potentially (depending on the venue and how busy they are) the wedding may take place during the week rather than the weekend or you might seek a different venue, but there may be a cancellation penalty with the original venue.
The Venue Cancels Or Postpones
It’s easy to see how this one could happen – every weekend 100’s of people will rock up to wedding venues, along with suppliers and members of staff and it only takes a single case, and the venue will play it safe and close its doors.
This situation is no different to the venue cancelling due to remedial works on the building etc.. they will have insurance for having to cancel weddings/events and they will be liable to you for any payments you may need to make to your suppliers.
If You Guys Have To Cancel
I just want to say straight away that if you guys have to postpone the wedding to a date later in the year – I will work with you to make sure that I can still be there with no additional costs etc..
Other suppliers may be different and will point you to their T&C’s/contracts that you have in place and expect full payment even if they are free on your new wedding date – so double-check what you have signed. If you need another copy of our contract – let me know, and I can email that across or look here ( https://www.lordphoto.co.uk/terms-and-conditions ).
I have spoken to three venues today and they are treating this virus the same as any other cancellation – they are expecting to be paid in full.
If you do have wedding insurance – this will cover supplier/ venue fees for cancelling or postponing the wedding.
What If I Get Ill?
If I’m not able to be at your wedding (TBH for any reason) I would find another photographer of the same style and standard to be at your wedding. I am part of a group of photographers who have each others back and will be happy to step in and help.
No one knows what is going to happen, I’m ploughing ahead and planning for all my weddings, doing what I always do and I’m always around if you have any queries or questions.
Enjoy your isolation and feel free to ask us anything that we maybe able to help you with.
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