NI / Irish Government - Recovery Phases
This year, anyone working in the wedding industry will have felt the effects of COVID-19. Usually, here at the Honeybee Blooms studio I would be in full swing at this time with styling wedding flowers and it’s been a strange start to the season for sure. I am heartbroken for my brides that have had to postpone or cancel due to the pandemic not to mention the anxiety caused. None of us know for certain when we will come out of this but hopefully sooner rather than later eh! 💕
STAY CALM and CARRY ON PLANNING.
A quote I love - “It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos.” Donna Karen
Never a truer word!
First and foremost, I am here to answer any questions or concerns you may have so please don’t hesitate to contact me via email, phone, WhatsApp or through social media. I would recommend getting in touch at your earliest convenience to confirm your NEW date if you have one in mind as I want to accommodate all of my brides that have already booked with new bookings.
If for example you’d booked to get married in May 2020 but have had to delay until September, there’s no reason you can’t use the same colour of bridesmaid dresses that you have purchased already even if they’re in a light pink. When it comes to your wedding flowers I can incorporate darker colours into your bridal party flowers and reception arrangements to make them more seasonal but not ‘too autumny’. WIN-WIN!
Small tweaks are easy to make and I have no doubt that across all wedding vendors; caterers, photographers, cake makers and more will be on hand to help you.
Yesterday the Northern Ireland Executive released their 5 Phase Plan for easing lockdown, full details of which can be found here (*See Slide 10 & 11).
Although not date specific and with the NI government following the science I believe it could be early autumn at the earliest before we start to see real progress for weddings to proceed as we know them.
The Irish government have also released their roadmap to recovery which begins on 18 May. Please see full details here (*Phase 5 in particular):
Phase 5 which is due to start on 10 August states that:
“Some larger social gatherings can take place (for example, weddings). These will be restricted due to the risks involved.”
*Guest numbers at weddings may be restricted depending on how the COVID-19 situation is at that time. In order to be prepared, if you have planned to have your wedding ceremony and/or reception in NI/ROI now is the time to consider if you wish to proceed with your current date or set a new one.
Prioritise your vendor contact list, contact each at your own pace and get 2/3 potential new dates together to narrow down from. You’ll be sorted in no time! x