Coronavirus statement, updated 23rd September 2020
As 2020 progresses with coronavirus induced lockdowns, daily life has changed. You, my clients, are extremely important to me and I want to let you know this: You have my full support and understanding, as regards making changes to your wedding day if you feel the need to. With everything so uncertain right now, it’s very difficult to know what the right decision is.
As you can imagine, as a wedding dj, I am still fielding lots of calls and emails from worried clients whose events and celebrations are due to be taking place in the coming weeks and months. I want to be as understanding and as flexible as I can possibly with all clients. Like you, I’m trying my best to stay super positive too, we will get through this! So, I thought I’d update you on my thoughts.
HM Govt forbids weddings
Following the government broadcast from Monday 23rd March 2020, all weddings are being prohibited for the immediate future.
- 11/5/20 update: The Boris update on 10th May 2020 confirms nothing much will change here till at least 1st July 2020 when some of the hospitality industry can re-open, although I can’t imagine this will include weddings. Almost all wedding venues and Registrars seem to be advising their clients to choose a new date later this year or next year to reschedule their weddings, although I suspect this will last longer than expected. They are being super flexible, remember we’re all in this together.
- 22nd June 2020 update: it looks like some restrictions on weddings are about to be announced in line with the news that very small weddings will be allowed in Wales from today. However, I still think we are a long way away from seeing larger gatherings, and any parties at all.
- 23rd June 2020 update: The PM has announced that some venues can allow weddings for up to 30 people, and bars and restaurants can open. Evidently, parties with music are still forbidden as per today’s announcements. So it looks like we may have to wait longer than we think..
- 29th June 2020 update: The government has issued this document today, which clearly advises that large wedding receptions or parties should not take place after the marriage ceremony or civil partnership formation, which should itself be very limited.
- 17th July 2020 update: The government has today issued a further update here which states that “small wedding receptions – sit-down meals for no more than 30 people – can take place, subject to COVID-19 Secure guidance”. Therefore, wedding celebrations for anything other than a ceremony and meal for up to 30 people, socially distanced, are still forbidden for the time being. We can all hope or speculate, and it’s becoming evident that dancing at a wedding will not return till much later in the year, maybe sometime between October 2020, and February 2021.
- 1st August 2020 update: I am aware of the government update this weekend, re-limiting weddings. It does look very likely that wedding celebrations will not take place this year.
- 10th September 2020 update: Last night’s announcement continues to limit and forbid social gatherings for more than 6 people. Wedding ceremonies and meals for up to 30 people in a covid safe environment are allowed, dancing and parties are not. It’s still looking very unlikely that we can party this year.
- 23rd September 2020 update: Yesterday’s government announcement continues to tighten the restrictions on weddings, with only up to 15 guests allowed to ‘celebrate’. It looks like this could be in place for possibly six months, which is really bad news. But we do need to beat this virus.
In short, I see no change yet if you want to celebrate with a dance floor full of friends and family this year. The best you can hope for is for a small ceremony and meal which will have all the social distancing measures enforced. If you still want this, great – chat with your venue. Maybe you can arrange for a proper party for everyone that matters next year or in 2022.
Rebooking for a different date – 2021 and 2022
If you are thinking of choosing a new date, I’ll happily transfer your terms and any monies paid over to the new date. Positive thoughts, your wedding will still be amazing whichever date you choose, even if it’s a weekday, and even if you have to delay it for a year or two. You could still have an intimate ceremony this year, then arrange a ‘proper’ party in 2021 or 2022 when the after effects of the coronavirus crisis may be much less, and more of your guests will be able to attend. Imagine your wedding photos this year with fewer guests able or even wanting to attend, all wearing corona face masks!
Please try to liaise with your venue and ALL of your existing suppliers, so that we can ALL make the new date. I, like many of the suppliers who play a huge part of your day would be devastated if you chose a future date which I wasn’t able to be part of. If you decide you no longer need my services for your wedding, my booking fee is not refundable. If I’m not able to make the new date you have chosen, your booking fee is also non-refundable. However, if our contract is frustrated, depending on the amount of work I have done so far on your account, I will refund part of my fees so far.
Luckily, I have the most loveliest group of DJ friends, who have been providing amazing support to each other. So rest assured, if I can’t be there for you on your new date, I have a huge network of Wedding DJs who would be ready and willing to step in and do an equally amazing job for you.
If you have a new date in mind, get in touch with me immediately to reserve this please. I am contacting all my lovely clients in turn, but please don’t wait if you have a potential plan. It’ll be lovely to hear from you. <3
Lockdown wedding 2020, 2021 or 2022?
I have been speaking to many wedding industry professionals throughout this crisis. The consensus is still that it’s looking very likely that 2020 will see any weddings take place as they have before. Certainly, a quick look at West Sussex County Council’s registrar service still confirms this. Indications are that 2021 will be still severely affected, maybe we will be back to normal in 2022 – who knows?
In my meetings with other leading industry colleagues, we are actively coming up with some creative ideas which may lead to a way forward at intimate weddings for couples who still want to go ahead with their celebrations in the near future. Maybe an outdoor, socially distanced, non-dancing, background music session? Do get in touch if you think this could be of interest…
My coronavirus situation
During the coronavirus crisis, very little help has been forthcoming from our government so far for self employed people like me. It’s a really uncertain time for me too. As a full time, professional wedding DJ, I’m just as worried about the coming months.
It’s very evident that the wedding industry sees the humble DJ as a very low priority, as does our government. Like all other small businesses, I have business expenses which must be paid, even in lockdown, and of course, like you, I need to put food on the table and pay for everyday living costs. All this whilst there is zero income since March 2020 and throughout the main months of summer which normally sustain my business for the year.
One ray of light: the DJ industry is finally busy organising support for our cause, this is backed by the well established and respected associations which I am a member of (SEDA and NADJ), and we should start seeing the results of their work.
What if I have to go into isolation?
What will happen if I become ill, or my family have to go into self-quarantine due to coronavirus? Luckily, as I mentioned before, I know some fab DJ’s who will be able to help.
Before you make any decisions, please check your wedding insurance policy wording, and remember that if you postpone your wedding to a different date, you may need to inform the insurer of the changes and that it may lead to a fee or even a change in the cover by the insurer.
A little lengthy, but I do hope it puts your mind at rest a little. Get in touch if you need to chat about anything at all. Stay healthy you lovely lot, but most of all, keep those beautiful minds of yours healthy by staying positive.
Remember, Music, Love and Dancing is not cancelled! Look after each other, sending all my love….
Brian 0794 119 1194