Covid-19


Some advice and help with planning weddings around the current situation

Coronavirus / Covid-19

We’re heading into fairly unprecedented times with the current situation surrounding the Covid-19/Coronavirus and all the measures we need to take to make sure we keep everyone as healthy as possible.

For those of you getting married in 2020, this will be unsettling as government advice and suggestions will be changing at a fairly rapid pace. It’s difficult to know what to expect, how long this situation will last and how to plan around it. I’ll be using this page to post as much advice and help as I can around your photography for the day and any relevant advice I think will be useful around planning weddings in general.

YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

At the moment, having had a lot of discussions with other suppliers and venues, it’s business as usual. I’m not sure how long this will last and what changes will be put in place so it’s prudent to have as much of a back-up plan as possible for when things will inevitably change. 

My commitment to photographing your wedding is the same as before – I will be there to photograph your wedding. If I can’t, I will find a list of photographers who can. If that isn’t doesn’t work for you, I will refund you any balance you may have paid. It’s always been my priority to make sure your wedding is photographed and if I can’t do it, for me to find someone for you so that you don’t have to worry about that. 

As wedding photographers, we have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that there is cover for any photographer affected by the virus. If I am ill or even at the slightest risk of passing on the virus, then you will have a photographer who isn’t and there will be no concern about any of your guests catching it. 

With the wedding itself, I would wholeheartedly advise keeping in contact with your venue and/or significant wedding suppliers. Communication is going to be essential.

Importantly as well, if you haven’t got wedding insurance, get it. This may well be the best investment for your wedding this year! Talk to your insurers about what happens if your venue has to cancel or worst case, the government decide gatherings over a certain size can’t take place. Equally, it should cover you in case you are ill and have to postpone your wedding. 

Hopefully it wont come to this, but if you have to postpone your wedding, I would be happy to transfer your booking over to your new date as long as I have that date available. 

I appreciate this is an anxious time for all of us. But I hope that it won’t disrupt your plans & that we can all stay happy and healthy.

I will keep you updated on my situation. If you would like to chat over any concerns or changes to your plans, please feel free to get in touch:

(wk) 01473 829 993
(mb) 07887 706 915

or email me at jim@jamesdavidson.co.uk

As standard, I’ll be in touch about 4 weeks before your wedding and we can talk through plans, timings and logistics as normal. We can also chat over the situation as it stands then – I suspect things will be changing fairly frequently this year.

CHURCH of ENGLAND SCALE BACK WEDDINGS TO 5 PEOPLE

The CofE have said that wedding ceremonies should be restricted to five people because of the coronavirus crisis. The bride and groom will be permitted to stand close together, but others present should observe social distancing.

The legal minimum for wedding ceremonies is the person officiating, the couple, and two witnesses.

REGISTRAR WEDDINGS

Ceremonies between 23 March and 30 June 2020 will be restricted to the couple, two witnesses and a maximum of two further guests (if sufficient space in the room). They will also be subject to staff availability.

Suffolk Registrars are not taking any new bookings at the moment.

ADVICE FROM THEIR WEBPAGE

I would like to move my ceremony forward and arrange a further big celebration ceremony later in the year – is this possible?

We will try to offer this, subject to staff availability. Please contact our office to check availability. As this option will involve our attendance at two ceremonies a further fee will be charged.

I would like to postpone my ceremony and re-book for a specific date either at the same location or a different location?

There will be no charge to do this, if you choose a date or location where a higher fee would normally apply, this will be waivered. If you choose a location or date where a lower fee would apply the difference will be refunded.

I want to cancel my ceremony completely – will I be entitled to a refund?

Yes, we will refund your ceremony fees including any pre-paid certificate fees. We will not be able to refund your Notice of Marriage/Civil partnership fee.

I would like to postpone my ceremony but at this moment I do not have another date or location in mind?

If you wish to postpone but are not able to give us a revised date or location for your ceremony, we will refund your fees paid. Your Notice of Marriage/Civil partnership fee cannot be refunded.

I have a big ceremony planned at an Approved Venue, but would like to arrange a small ‘register office’ ceremony in the near future?

In the absence of government legislation change, this scenario would require you to give a new ‘Notice’ for the register office location. There would need to be a 28 day gap between doing this and when your ceremony could be held. Please contact us to discuss this option.