Most people take months, if not years to plan for their big day. So what should you do now that there is a declared worldwide pandemic regarding Coronavirus – Should you cancel your wedding?
At the time of writing (15th March 2020) the UK government has not yet advised against large gatherings. There are, however, a number of large events – concerts, exhibitions, theme parks etc. that have decided to close/cancel.
The main advice at the moment is around the following;
- Wash your hands with soap and water regularly – for at least 20 seconds
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- If soap is not available use hand sanitiser gel
- When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve
- Dispose of used tissues in the bin immediately, then wash your hands
- Try to avoid close contact with people who were unwell
COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lugs and airways, caused by a virus called ‘Coronavirus’.
If you are getting married within the next few weeks or months, consider the following;
- Contact your suppliers and guests and ask if they have been abroad in the last 14 days, particularly high-risk places like China, Italy, Korea, Iran, or if they plan to prior to your wedding. If they have you may decide to ask them not to attend your wedding. Don’t forget about guests travelling from abroad.
- You may wish to contact any guests that are considered vulnerable – the elderly, very young, anyone with a weak/low immune system, anyone receiving hospital treatment – and ask if they are still happy to attend.
- Contact your wedding venue and caterers to ask about their staff and recent holidays. Also find out if they have put any additional health, safety and cleanliness measures in place.
- Check there is antibacterial soap in the bathrooms (not just general soap), paper hand towels to dry and antibacterial hand gel in the entrance and on the guests’ tables.
- Think about asking guests not to kiss the Bride and Groom
- If it is looking like you will have much lower guest numbers than originally planned, check that there is no penalty from the venue, suppliers or bar company.
If you have a wedding planner, they should be able to assist with much of the above list.
If you consider cancelling your wedding;
- Find out what refunds you are entitled to, if any – check your terms and conditions in your suppliers’ contracts
- If you did take out wedding insurance, see what it covers
- If you haven’t yet got wedding insurance, consider doing it now, although many insurance companies have stopped offering cover for the moment.
- Find out if it is possible to postpone the date until later in the year
It is possible that some venues and suppliers will only offer a refund if they cancel following government advice, rather than you cancelling now – just something to think about.