How wedding businesses are supporting couples during Coronavirus crisis
20 Mar 2020
In this time of need, the weddings industry has shown unwavering support for the couples whose wedding plans have been affected by Coronavirus
As the spread of Coronavirus continues apace, with social events such as weddings banned indefinitely, couples set to wed in the coming months are becoming increasingly concerned and saddened about what this means for their wedding plans.
Wedding suppliers are also under increased strain as bookings are postponed and cancelled. David Robinson, director of The Banqueting Hire Service in Norfolk, has already reported a £20,000 loss as couples cancel their bookings.
However, the weddings community remains stronger than ever as wedding businesses work with their couples to determine the best course of action. Suppliers are also showing their support for brides and grooms with a host of generous offers to show solidarity and optimism in a time of such uncertainty.
Belief Wedding Creators have announced a free consultation service for couples who had destination weddings booked over the coming months and don't have a wedding planner to contact.
Similarly, Hannah Rose, owner of Complete Rose Events, Wedding and Event Planning, is offering complimentary Zoom sessions for couples whose weddings have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19.
Hannah says: "Whether couples have questions, need advice or tips in regards to cancellation/postponement or just a shoulder to cry on, the aim is to create a community of people who can help and support each other even after the group calls. The sessions are on Wednesday and Saturday."
Luxury bridalwear brand Pronovias is donating wedding dresses from its Heroes Collection to all engaged hospital staff, BLOOM Gin is supplying free wedding favours to couples affected and London bridal boutique Phillipa Lepley is offering virtual consultations until in-person appointments can be resumed.
Six Stories Bridal, an independent weddings e-tailer, is also spreading some cheer with free 'bridey' t-shirts (pictured above) for brides in need of a pick-me-up. Normally £29, brides need only cover the cost of shipping for the complimentary tees. To claim, send Six Stories Bridal a direct message on their social media channels.
Lucy Menghini, owner of Six Stories Bridal, said: "We’re heartbroken to see so many people devastated by the effects of wedding cancellations, and we want to make sure that all of these women remember they are still a bride and that is something to be celebrated.”
Stationery companies are also doing their bit, with several offering free 'change the date' cards to couples affected. These digital designs can be sent via email and printed off at home. RLS Illustrations, Velvet May Designs and Creationery Stationery are just some of the stationers providing this service.
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