As I'm sure you can imagine, I've been very busy speaking with all of my wonderful couples over the past few weeks about their Spring/Summer Weddings but I wanted to speak to anyone who has come to my website, about Luxury Weddings affected by Coronavirus, whether you're a client of mine or not.
For all my beautiful Brides, no matter when your Wedding is, I am always here for you and happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your day. I am here to help in any way that I can, from the early stages of wedding planning through to the big day itself. Please don't ever hesitate to reach out - I'm only a message or a phone call away!
For the majority of my Brides, we had already had our trials; their polished, bespoke Bridal looks had been decided and everything was planned and ready to go. Unfortunately, we've had to put a hold on a lot of those Wedding Day plans and those personalised services, with many couples already postponing to later in the year or into 2021. Luckily for both of us, I have been able to accommodate all of my Brides so far which means when the Wedding morning comes round it will be an extra special celebration!
I know how hard it is on everyone involved, I can't imagine having put the years into planning your perfect day to then be told it's no longer happening but I, for one, am here to help where I can. It's also sad as a supplier, having booked all your beautiful Brides in and worked with them at their Trials, creating bespoke looks, to then not get to make them feel incredible and execute their vision together when they had hoped. I am certainly missing the Wedding morning buzz and excitement of the Bridal Party.
I will continue the ongoing conversation with my Brides as the situation develops and we continue to follow Government guidelines, so please keep up to date with your inbox for emails and correspondence.
If your Wedding is planned for later in the year, whilst your date may not change at all, it's perfectly understandable for you to feel the impact and be worried about your Wedding. No doubt events you had planned in the lead up to your wedding will have been affected as a result of Coronavirus, so I am here for anyone who needs some reassurance or advice.
Whilst you are at home, make the most of the added time to plan and prepare anything you hadn't yet ticked off your 'to-do' list; chase up anything outstanding that requires action; and try not to worry too much.
Newly Engaged Couples
Firstly, congratulations! Although it may feel like everything is on hold in terms of planning your perfect Wedding at the minute, this doesn't mean you can't put the foundations in place for when everything is up and running again. You can start building your inspiration boards on Pinterest, looking into Venues online, contacting suppliers that may be of interest and checking availability/pricing etc.
Of course not everything can be done online, but many suppliers have adapted their businesses in order to help clients during these times, despite not usually working in this way.
Many venues are offering virtual tours or sharing their beautiful locations on their social media. Although this may not mean you confirm and book, it can be helpful in creating a shortlist of your preferred venues to visit in person further down the line. Hedsor House and Braxted Park both have a great virtual tour on their Websites and most venues have flooded their instagram with beautiful photographs to provide an insight into what's on offer and how previous couples have styled the location.
Choosing your dress is undoubtedly one of the most important rights of passage of getting married, so buying a dress you have only seen online doesn't sit right with many of us. However, like with looking at venues, many boutiques are offering virtual shopping experiences and video calls for Brides-to-be, allowing you to put together a shortlist of styles you like, before physically visiting in a few months time.
If you're planning a couture gown, now would be a good time to begin discussing your design and providing source material to your designer in order to get the initial sketches and concepts established.
HAIR AND MAKEUP
Being a hair and makeup artist, I never usually meet my Brides prior to booking. Bookings are typically taken virtually and the physical consultation comes later. It's at the Trial stage where we discuss your ideas and Wedding day plans, working together to create your bespoke Bridal vision, with exceptional attention to detail. So whilst the lockdown puts a hold on a lot of other planning, hair and makeup diaries are still open and you are able to build up lots of inspiration boards to discuss at your trials.
Taking New Bookings
I am currently still taking bookings for late 2020 and 2021, should you be in need of a hair and makeup artist. Whether you've had to postpone your date and your original artist is not available, or whether you're in the process of planning your Wedding for next year and beyond, I am happy to help and talk to you about your Wedding plans. Please feel free to email me with all your details here.
Most importantly, we must remember that this will pass and the pandemic will end. It's ok to be upset by the fact you've had to postpone your Wedding or this has put a halt on your preparations, but we are all in this together. To all my wonderful Brides, my phone and emails are all open for any questions you may have at any point. We will get through this, and we will celebrate your Weddings!
Image 1: D&A Photography / Swynford Manor
Image 2: Cat Lane Photo / South Farm
Image 3: White in Motion Films / Maison Talbooth