By James Clarke
As I sit in my garden with my morning coffee, surround by an abundance of beautiful and fragrant roses, my mind wanders to the wedding industry and how we are all waiting in anticipation. Especially now that the government has announced that weddings and civil partnerships will be allowed to take place from 4th July.
My heart goes out to the couples who have already had to postpone their wedding date. The new guidance applies to ceremonies only and up to a maximum of 30 people. It does not include any form of celebration after the ceremony, including wedding breakfasts. For the couples who want to have an intimate ceremony and just get married, it’s the light at the end of the tunnel we've been waiting for. As per government guidelines, celebrations can only take place with a maximum of 6 people outdoors, support bubbles, or two households indoors or outdoors. It is critical for these guidelines to be observed to keep you and your family and friends as safe as possible.
I believe that we still have quite a way to go of this journey to be able to celebrate in large numbers. As a wedding professional myself, I really feel for couples and how disappointed they feel, it truly is heartbreaking. As an industry of wedding professionals, we are also eager to return to doing what we love best but we have to be as patient as possible. Many venues and suppliers will need some time to adjust to the new guidance. The wedding industry received this news exactly at the same time as everyone, and collectively we are all working really hard to make sure that everyone delivers the best experience with the utmost safety in mind. We all need a little processing time, so we can figure out how to cater the needs of our couples the best possible way. I know many venues are already well into their preparations for ceremonies to take place in the safest possible manner. There will of course be further guidance coming forward from the government and we shall keep you updated of any further news.
In the meantime, I wish every couple who are going ahead with their intimate ceremonies from 4 July the most wonderful and safe time. And for the couples who have had to postpone their special day, just hang in there and keep planning those little details to be extra special. To read the official government guidance, please click the button below.