Please see the updated UK government guidelines - link below
Hi everyone. Firstly I hope you and your family are well and staying safe in these difficult times. I want to keep you up to date regarding the current Covid-19 rules on weddings and what I am putting in place. For reassurance, I work completely in the guidelines set out by the government.
What are the Government rules?
This is a summary of the 'Do's & Don'ts' and for a full list please see the government wedding here and is correct at the time of this blog post
All parts of the wedding must be socially distanced. Please check with your suppliers as to how they plan to do this. 2m is still the preference or for risk mitigated weddings then its 1m (which applies if 2m is not possible)
Test & Trace is still in place at this time, so all parties will need to complete a track and trace form in case they need to be contacted after the ceremony. See NHS Test and Trace service
How many guests
Up to 30 is the guideline, but you can have more than 30 in some public spaces, which are set out in the law. Check with your venue - THIS IS BEING REVIEWED FOR AUGUST - SEE LATEST GOVERNMENT ADVICE
Ceremonies & receptions
Should only take place in COVID-19 secure environments.
The advice is for ceremonies to be conducted in the shortest amount of time possible (most clergy and registrars are offering shorter services)
No singing or shouting is permitted due to the risk of particles and infections. Recordings of songs are permitted and could be a great alternative to give your ceremony the lift you desire.
The playing of musical instruments - recommended that you don't use instruments that need blowing into
Professional singing is allowed if in the rules and only outdoors until August, so well worth checking with your venue
Exchanging rings; hands should be washed before and after. The rings should be handled by as few people as possible.
No food or drink should be consumed as a part of the event unless required for the purposes of solemnisation
From Aug 1 2020 small receptions can take place
This means sit-down meals for no more than 30 people, subject to COVID-19 Secure guidance (over 30 is only allowed for some larger outdoor venues - check with your venue)
For new clients, I am still happy to do introductory chats and talk about your wedding plans. Meetings will be socially distanced and no contact will take place (no handshakes). If a meeting isn't for you or you are further away from my base then no problem, we can chat over video calls, either on Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, Facetime, whatever you prefer.
For my fabulous current clients, If you are in the unfortunate position of needing to reschedule your wedding then please let me know as soon as possible. It's not an issue and I fully understand that this is totally out of most peoples control. The one thing I do know is that wedding plans take time and you want it to be perfect and with the right people, so re-arranging is probably the best option. If you don't know the re-arranged date then let's play it by ear until you have some dates to discuss. Should the worse happen and I am not available then any deposits paid will be fully refunded to you, no quibbles, no excuses.
It is worth noting that your wedding may also need to be scaled back, so you may just want the ceremony covering, which I am more than happy to do and offer a competitive price for that. My unobtrusive style means it will be more than socially distanced.
Wedding Date Tip
Re-arranging dates can be difficult given the number of weddings impacted at the moment, so looking at mid-week days and out of season days (winter/spring) could also be an option to find the date that works best for your wedding and your guest.
My rules for wedding photography under Covid guidelines
I will keep at least 6 feet between myself and customers whenever possible.
I will not have physical contact and that includes handshakes and hugs, please don't be offended, its not you :)
All portrait sessions will have no-contact posing, which means I will guide you from a distance.
You will need to advise which guests are in social bubbles and which aren't so we can operate safely for any group shots.
A group list will be required in advance of the wedding
- limit group shots to 10.
My gear is cleaned with cleaners appropriate and safe for electronics.
I will use the best hand-washing practices as recommended by the government and carry hand sanitizer with me. I will also wear a face mask
These are the high-level guidance rules, but check the entire government page (link above) for all the rules and further links.
Mulu Photography is happy to help in any way, so please get in touch. Nothing is obligated, just chats, advice and even a listening ear if needed.