Postponing weddings – Covid 19

I never would have thought 6 months ago that I would be sat here writing a blog post on postponing weddings. In the last couple of weeks we have seen so many couples having to postpone their weddings. It’s been desperately upsetting for everyone involved. We know and understand that you have been planning your wedding day for a very long time and how important it is for you. It’s been a very stressful time with so many couples having been affected with the outbreak of Covid-19. I know all wedding suppliers have been working tirelessly to answer emails, phone calls and to accommodate all the couples that have had to postpone their wedding.

As a wedding florist, my busiest season would now be starting. Instead I’m sat here in front of my laptop writing this blog to try and help all the couples that have been affected. I’ll be honest with you it’s only been just over a week and I’m already missing the flowers and getting creative. I love what I do and have been a florist for the last 26 years, I started my little business in 2005 and have put my life and soul into building it into what it is today. I’m also massively kicking myself for not planting those bulbs I bought last year, because I didn’t have time and it seemed to rain constantly from October!

Where do I start if I need to postpone?

The first thing to do is to contact your venue, the majority of the weddings I have been dealing with have offered their couples 2-3 alternative dates to chose from, this will obviously vary between venues. Once you have these dates, get calling! Call all your suppliers and see which ones they can do, fingers crossed there’s a date we can all accommodate. Once the new date has been set, confirm this with all your suppliers. Don’t hang around with this as our availability is changing daily and a date we may have been available for yesterday we might not be available for today. As soon as you have confirmed your new date I will send you an email confirming all the changes and the next steps.

Will there be any additional charges?

I can only speak for my own business, other business may be different with their approach. As it stands I am transferring all bookings to the new dates with no additional charge. The only thing to consider is if your wedding is next year. There might be an increase in cost if we see a rise in the cost of flowers. However, we will work individually with all couples if this is the case. At the moment, it’s very much the unknown.

Finishing touches to a wedding bouquet

My wedding is now in a different season and I’m unsure what to do in regards to colour schemes / flowers

A lot of the weddings that have been postponing are now taking place at a different time of the year. You may decide to change your colour scheme to reflect that season or the flowers you wanted are not available. That’s absolutely fine, I can advise you what is in season and what would work well at that time of year. I’m here to help and to make this as less stressful as possible for you. To help I have listed some of the key flowers available at different times of the year.

Flower Availability

This list is not exhaustive but should give you a good indication of what is available. Don’t think because you’re postponing your wedding to the winter that flowers will be limited, that’s far from the case, or that disappointed that peony season will be over. There are plenty of alternatives to create a look you’ll love. I’ll be doing a further blog post in the coming days with wedding inspiration from all the seasons of the year or check out other real life weddings on our blog.

Don’t Panic!

I think this is the key message here. We’re all in this together, no one knows what the next 3-6 months is going to look like. The most important thing is for you all to stay safe and well and we’ll find a way to get through it. You will get married, it will be the most magical day, it might just be on a different date than you had planned.

Trust the wait.

Embrace the uncertainty

Enjoy the beauty that is coming

A jug of flowers

I hope that this has answered some the questions you may have around your wedding. I am here to help, please feel free to contact me via phone or email at any time (well normal working hours anyway!)

Take care and stay safe

Rebecca Hobbs Bijoux Floral Design

Images by Nicola Jane Brand Images

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