I’m sure by now you'll have quite heard all about the Coronavirus (Covid-19 because it ’s also known) as it becomes more and more impactful to the planet . With many couples thanks to marry over the upcoming summer months, it’s really no surprise that there's a component of worry about how not only the virus could affect your day , but also your immediate social circles. Before I venture further into this blog post, i’d first wish to point couples within the direction of two great posts that tackle the topic of the virus and it’s possible effects on your day . the primar is by the united kingdom Alliance of wedding planners and therefore the second HERE may be a post on the marriage website Hitched. Both are extremely informative and hopefully will help to ease any concerns you'll have regarding your day .
So, onto the important reason for this blog post and it’s something we’ve dabbled with sharing, as in amongst this pandemic, the last item we (or the other videographer for that matter) would want to return across as, is ‘opportunistic’. However saying that, amongst all this chaos it's I feel our duty to spotlight especially now quite ever, just how important it are often to possess your day filmed.
As the spread of the Coronavirus heightens, Governments across the world are starting to introduce tough measures for ‘crowd control’ by limiting the amount of huge gatherings which will happen both indoor and out of doors . Countries like France, Denmark, Ireland and even Scotland have introduced restrictions on gatherings, with some not allowing any longer than 500 people at a time and particularly in Ireland’s case, quite 100. the united kingdom is yet to imitate , but you can’t help feel it's not beyond an opportunity within the upcoming weeks and months. people who are particularly vulnerable are the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions.
The other restrictive consequence of the virus is travel bans. Italy for instance , together of the worst affected countries, has imposed an entire ban on travel, meaning if any wedding guests were thanks to visit and from the united kingdom within the immediate future, this is able to not be possible. Similarly if guests had managed to visit the united kingdom before any bans were imposed (and had travelled from badly hit countries) they're expected to self isolate for a minimum of 14 days.
So what does this mean for Irish weddings?
Well, if the proposals do inherit effect, the most consideration would need to be the cutting down of weddings. those that originally had guest numbers of say 120-150, would now got to attempt to reduce those numbers so as to align with the Governments’ requests. this is able to in fact end in certain guests missing the marriage day, who otherwise would are (and wanted to possess been) there.
The second consideration is for those travelling from abroad. As mentioned, with some countries starting to impose travel bans and therefore the possibility of the united kingdom at some point following suit, it could mean that certain guests would be unable to form it to the marriage . Those travelling from the worst hit areas also (or showing any kind of symptoms) would even have to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days, which could end in them missing the day.
Lastly, the third consideration would need to be the attendance of elderly guests. The WHO (World Health Organisation) has indicated that one among the worst to be hit by the disease is that the elderly, so serious consideration would need to be taken on whether these guests should attend the day – albeit none of your other guests are showing any symptoms.
So how can having your wedding filmed help?
In regular times, a marriage film may be a stunning way of the way to remember one among the simplest days of your lives. it's a medium which will assist you re-live all of these precious, emotional (and fun!) moments like no other can.
In light of the Coronavirus, having a marriage film now, might be more important than ever in helping to point out your wedding guests that were unable to form your wedding, just what happened on the day. Many companies offer a full day package that covers all the essentials of the day, from the bridal preparations through to the evening reception.
Alongside this, films are often edited into a narrative driven ‘storytelling’ format, which really helps to inform the story of your day for not only you, but also for those that were unable to attend. For Grandparent’s especially, this might really make their day after the doubtless unfortunate cancellation of their attendance.
A wedding day is one among the foremost important days of your life and having a marriage film may be a fantastic thanks to reflect this. The Coronavirus, in fact isn't ideal, not by any stretch of the imagination. However IF some tough measures need to be made by our Government and intrinsically , end in the non-attendance of guests, then i actually hope this blog post can (even if just a touch ) assist you feel a little more assured that there are options out there which will be ready to soften the blow.
Take care and please keep washing those hands!
Derek + the team
Derek Lawless is a professional Wedding Videographer based in the Garden of Ireland, Blessington, Co. Wicklow.