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I’ve struggled to form the words since the latest government announcement on Friday.

The plan for hosting a small wedding reception (for up to 30 guests) from 1st August was snatched away from couples with less than 24 hours notice.

Snatched from couples who had compromised on their original plans, but wanted to get married now and celebrate their commitment with their closest loved ones.

If you were one of the couples who were immediately affected by this u-turn then I’m so sorry. I hope you got married yesterday, had a big kiss, maybe a big cry and loved, laughed and celebrated together with all your might.

The beginning of small wedding receptions also signalled a hopeful step forward for the wedding sector.

We understand the importance of being safe, the health of those we love is of course the most important thing right now and we must all act for the greater good - although those last words catch a little after witnessing scenes on social media of huge gatherings in pubs and bars and hearing the football chants/screams myself yesterday from my Central-Brighton home. Yet small weddings for 30 people are not considered safe.

Despite the heightened emotions, we need to absolutely accept the delay to opening up wedding receptions - this isn’t a time for finding loopholes or ignoring the guidelines. But the words used by government officials on Friday to deliver this news were reckless and has, once again, knocked confidence.

My heart is heavy for all couples who have lost so much during this time.

The impact of this is also enormous on venues, suppliers and platforms (like mine) who support couples planning their day.

As I’ve written before, we’re not asking for this to be rushed. It’s vital we get the opening of weddings right, but we DO need a roadmap, we need support and we need hope for our futures.

This is a serious sector worth £10billion and it’s being ignored. Words such as decimated and obliterated have been used to describe the effects of Covid-19 on the wedding industry and the lack of support from the government that’s followed for the small limited companies, the self-employed and the freelancers.

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I’ve struggled to form the words since the latest government announcement on Friday. The plan for hosting a small wedding reception (for up to 30 guests) from 1st August was snatched away from couples with less than 24 hours notice. Snatched from couples who had compromised on their original plans, but wanted to get married now and celebrate their commitment with their closest loved ones. If you were one of the couples who were immediately affected by this u-turn then I’m so sorry. I hope you got married yesterday, had a big kiss, maybe a big cry and loved, laughed and celebrated together with all your might. The beginning of small wedding receptions also signalled a hopeful step forward for the wedding sector. We understand the importance of being safe, the health of those we love is of course the most important thing right now and we must all act for the greater good - although those last words catch a little after witnessing scenes on social media of huge gatherings in pubs and bars and hearing the football chants/screams myself yesterday from my Central-Brighton home. Yet small weddings for 30 people are not considered safe. Despite the heightened emotions, we need to absolutely accept the delay to opening up wedding receptions - this isn’t a time for finding loopholes or ignoring the guidelines. But the words used by government officials on Friday to deliver this news were reckless and has, once again, knocked confidence. My heart is heavy for all couples who have lost so much during this time. The impact of this is also enormous on venues, suppliers and platforms (like mine) who support couples planning their day. As I’ve written before, we’re not asking for this to be rushed. It’s vital we get the opening of weddings right, but we DO need a roadmap, we need support and we need hope for our futures. This is a serious sector worth £10billion and it’s being ignored. Words such as decimated and obliterated have been used to describe the effects of Covid-19 on the wedding industry and the lack of support from the government that’s followed for the small limited companies, the self-employed and the freelancers. Continued in comments...
On our Industry Blog this week, Zeleka (pictured) and Maria (aka @thewedcoordinators) have written an open letter to wedding venues.

You can hit the link in our bio to read this powerful and important feature.

You can also swipe 👈🏼 for an actionable diversity check-in email template to encourage inclusion across our industry. Keep reading to learn more about how, why and when to use this.

Excited and inspired about this partnership is an understatement.

@thewedcoordinators say:

TO OUR WEDDING VENUES...⁠

Yesterday marked the day that a blog we have written for @cocoweddingvenues went out to all the venues listed in their directory. The aim of this blog series we entitled 'Lifting the Veil' is to highlight how wedding venues can address the conscious and subconscious bias which exists within their teams, branding, marketing and internal organisational structures. Other contributors will soon add to this series and we intend to be an advocate for inclusive wedding venues.⁠

We have created a Diversity Check-In Template for our community. Inspired by @jasonroars and @_a_n_i_k_a who were originally inspired by @klea_mckenna, an artist who created the template for the arts community, which Jason adapted for the wedding and events industry, which we have adapted further for UK wedding venues, we have adapted their language to apply to venues which host weddings within the UK. ⁠
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LET THE RIPPLE CONTINUE...⁠
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We encourage you to be an EFFECTIVE ally and to use this template the next time your venue is asked to host an industry panel, wedding show/fair, styled shoot or similar event.
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Ask these important questions to help build and ensure racial diversity and inclusion of Black representation within wedding venues internal structures, recommended suppliers lists and hosted wedding events.

Please also share this to spread the word and DM me if you want a copy/paste version!⁠

Image @itseffiephotography.

#diversityandinclusion #weddingplanners #weddingvenues #diversityintheweddingindustry #blackweddingsuppliers
On our Industry Blog this week, Zeleka (pictured) and Maria (aka @thewedcoordinators) have written an open letter to wedding venues. You can hit the link in our bio to read this powerful and important feature. You can also swipe 👈🏼 for an actionable diversity check-in email template to encourage inclusion across our industry. Keep reading to learn more about how, why and when to use this. Excited and inspired about this partnership is an understatement. @thewedcoordinators say: TO OUR WEDDING VENUES...⁠ Yesterday marked the day that a blog we have written for @cocoweddingvenues went out to all the venues listed in their directory. The aim of this blog series we entitled 'Lifting the Veil' is to highlight how wedding venues can address the conscious and subconscious bias which exists within their teams, branding, marketing and internal organisational structures. Other contributors will soon add to this series and we intend to be an advocate for inclusive wedding venues.⁠ We have created a Diversity Check-In Template for our community. Inspired by @jasonroars and @_a_n_i_k_a who were originally inspired by @klea_mckenna, an artist who created the template for the arts community, which Jason adapted for the wedding and events industry, which we have adapted further for UK wedding venues, we have adapted their language to apply to venues which host weddings within the UK. ⁠ ⁠ LET THE RIPPLE CONTINUE...⁠ ⁠ We encourage you to be an EFFECTIVE ally and to use this template the next time your venue is asked to host an industry panel, wedding show/fair, styled shoot or similar event. ⁠ Ask these important questions to help build and ensure racial diversity and inclusion of Black representation within wedding venues internal structures, recommended suppliers lists and hosted wedding events. Please also share this to spread the word and DM me if you want a copy/paste version!⁠ Image @itseffiephotography. #diversityandinclusion #weddingplanners #weddingvenues #diversityintheweddingindustry #blackweddingsuppliers
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