This page will be regularly updated as the situation changes. last update 12th May 2020.
I know from the emails I’m already receiving that many of my wedding couples are worried about how the Coronavirus will affect their wedding plans, especially those with weddings in the next three or four months. I am very sorry that everyone has all this uncertainty at a time when they should be looking forward to their wedding. It is also deeply worrying for all businesses involved with weddings, none of us know how long this will go on for or when we will be able to open for business and it’s highly likely some businesses will lose an entire years trading.
Weddings later in the year are still very much an unknown, the latest news is that small wedding ceremonies can take place from June 1st, this is likely to be limited to just the bride, groom, two witnesses and the priest/registrar. If you’re thinking of postponing your wedding to a later date please get in touch to check my availability before booking a new date – I have very good availability from October 2020 onwards. Your existing booking retainer will be carried forward to your new date (subject to my availability). 2021 is likely to be extremely busy with many 2020 weddings postponed and also lots of couples planning a wedding for next year, please get in touch as soon as possible with your choice of dates. I am not charging a premium for peak 2021 dates or any price rises, all 2020 prices will be carried over to postponed weddings in 2021.
My contract states full payment is due 28 days before your wedding date, in the current situation this is changed to 14 days before your wedding in order more time for couples to decide if their wedding will take place before paying the final balance.
What happens if I’m already booked for the new wedding date?
Please contact me with potential dates before confirming your change of date, I am trying to work with everyone to fit them in on dates I’m available. Unfortunately in the case of you rescheduling your wedding for a date I am unavailable I will not be able to refund your booking retainer. This is a very difficult decision to make, but having consulted with various trade bodies and looked at the legal implications I have taken the following advice –
1. If a client cancels, because they have cancelled their wedding, not giving a date to postpone to, they are cancelling the contract, so standard terms and conditions apply.
2. If a client moves to a date which the supplier cannot do, they are not working with the supplier, for the supplier to be able to transfer the booking to another date, therefore they are in breach of contract. the supplier does not have to refund.
I’m happy to confirm in writing to your wedding insurance provider that the booking retainer is non refundable and you should be able to make a claim for this. This policy conforms with the Competition and Markets Authority on advance payments, further details will be sent to anyone affected.
Album and print orders
My supplier of prints and albums have put their business into hibernation to protect their staff. Under the circumstances this is the right thing to do. Any online orders through my website for photographic prints will be in the queue for when they reopen. All album orders are now on hold, I anticipate it may be a number of months before things get back to normal but I do hope everyone understands the situation. During this time I will not be taking any new orders for wedding albums.
Pre wedding meetings.
From Tuesday 17th March 2020 I will not be meeting any couples in person before their wedding day, all pre weddings meetings with new or existing clients will be done by telephone or video conferencing on Skype/WhatsApp/Facetime/zoom.
What happens if I become unwell?
Although I’m taking every precaution to avoid the virus I do have a contingency plan in place should the worse happen. In the event of my being unable to attend your wedding through the Coronavirus (or any other illness) I would do my best to provide you with an alternative photographer of the same style and quality. I’m a member of a group of photographers who pass on referrals for dates we are already booked, we use a shared calendar which shows who is available for any given date, I would call on one of the available photographers from this group to step in for me and photograph your wedding. In the event of my illness and you not being happy with the replacement photographer offered, a full refund of all money paid will be given.
If you have any questions do please get in touch.