Should I cancel my wedding due to Coronavirus? Part 1
There’s no doubt we’re living in some unprecedented times.
Sadly, Coronavirus is likely to be the thing we most remember 2020 for.
For all of those who are sick or suffering – we send all of our best. You are in our thoughts and we truly hope you have the best outcome.
For others who are more fortunate, whether you catch it or not, Coronavirus is going to impact your daily life in ever-increasing ways.
As of today, March 19, we are limited to gatherings of no more than 100 people. This means that many weddings who are over 100 people, staff, providers and guests included, may have to limit the number of people who can attend.
This is surely a shame, though it does not mean you can’t have your wedding. But in difficult times it is best that we do what is best for the greater good. Either way, we feel for those couples who have been looking forward to their big day.
Luckily, the majority of weddings are around 80 people. So most weddings may just be able to squeeze under the 100 person limit.
But if the situation does not change for the better, which unfortunately seems likely, and the current social distancing measures don’t work, we are very likely to see much great limitations on gathering numbers being stipulated by the government.
We have been reading about this event every day since it started making news. We don’t necessarily believe everything we read in the media.
But considering that the media from countries all over the world are saying a similar thing, it’s hard to deny that the pandemic is following a pattern.
So, we advocate that you be informed and know what is happening so you can best prepare yourself for whatever the situation may bring.
Am I able to cancel my wedding due to Coronavirus?
Cancelling for any event is never the best option and should normally be avoided if possible. It can mean you lose your deposits and booking payments. Then it can be difficult to re-book, which means more waiting and potentially having to change your plans.
But given the circumstances, and the likelihood that the situation may worsen, you have to be ready to make this call.
For now, we recommend that you wait and see what happens in the coming days, weeks and months.
Watch what is happening in Australia and inform yourself about is going on from a range of sources. Take the information with a grain of salt but don’t discount the risk involved with the COVID-19 Virus. Disease does not discriminate on race, sex, age or wealth. Otherwise healthy people can fall sick and pass away, so it is a serious matter.
Having said this, always remember – there’s no need to panic. Fighting over toilet paper is unnecessary!
But you have to be responsible for your situation and those of your friends, family and acquaintances that would be attending your wedding.
After all, it would be devastating to know that your guests got sick from your wedding, especially if one of them became seriously ill.
Can I get a refund for my wedding photography booking due to Coronavirus?
If you’re worried that cancelling your wedding due to Coronavirus will leave you unable to afford another wedding, then read on.
Fortunately, many wedding photographers, wedding videographers, and other suppliers are offering to make exceptions and special considerations for these unusual circumstances. We’re proud to say that Hearts And Arrows is one of them.
As Gold Coast Wedding Photographers, we are offering to provide a credit to everyone who has booked us and needs to postpone their event. We will make our best effort to be available for your next chosen date, and if not we’ll do our best to help you find a replacement wedding photographer or videographer.
For anyone who has booked with someone else and then can’t find a replacement – we’re able do our best to provide support and help you get someone booked for your new wedding day. Whether it is us, one of our trusted team members, or a known colleague, you won’t go without someone to photograph your wedding.
It’s too late for me to cancel my wedding – should I do anything to protect my guests?
If it’s too late to cancel your wedding and you must go ahead, be sure that everyone is mindful of their need to follow the directions set out in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert – How to protect yourself and others Bulletin at minimum. We recommend you:
- Avoid hugs, handshakes, and kissing.
- Don’t share drinks, cigarettes, or food.
- Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow if you don’t have a tissue
- Regularly wash your hands carefully with warm soapy water
- Safely dispose of your tissues into a bin
- Avoid touching your face
- Use hand sanitiser and disinfectant products
- Avoid standing close to other people
- Practice social distancing – avoid public places and being close to other people unless necessary. Recommended 1.5 metres.
- If you are unwell, stay home and self-isolate to avoid spreading any germs, including colds and flus, as these are not good for anyone to have right now.
If you can find some hand sanitiser and masks, consider distributing/making these items available on the day.
Remember – this can infect and make otherwise healthy people very unwell. So you and your guests must be responsible.
What if someone turns up to my wedding with Coronavirus? Or they are unwell?
Be sure to send a message to your guests before they come to the event asking them politely to stay home if they are feeling unwell or think they might be coming down with something.
While this may be an unfortunate situation, this is a serious matter and needs to be addressed prior to their arrival.
If they turn up and are unwell, kindly ask them to go home immediately to avoid making anyone else unwell. It may be slightly uncomfortable, but its for the best, and as your guests they should respect your wishes.
Will you still photograph our wedding if we go ahead with it?
Honestly, and understandably, we are slightly uncomfortable with the idea of attending a gathering of people where someone may be unwell.
There is also the strong possibility that someone may have the Coronavirus but not yet know it, as symptoms take anywhere from 4 to 12 days to show, so it is possible that a guest may have the Coronavirus but not know it.
For now we will continue to watch and wait. But at this stage we are still planning to attend all bookings. We will be wearing masks and avoiding contact with people. And we’ll still be making amazing photos and videos – after all, the show MUST go on!
We will continue to update this post as the situation unfolds. Check back for more.
If you have any questions feel welcome to send us a message or give us a call. We’re always up for a chat.
Sending everyone all the best,
Abbie + Tom