When our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced that with effect from Monday 28th September 2020 you could only have 15 people at a wedding, including the meal, this was the final nail in the coffin for a lot of photographers. Many photographers have thrown the towel in and started to look for other jobs. I find this somewhat perplexing as a professional photographer, shooting weddings is just part of my portfolio.
I suppose one has to ask the question, are you a half full or half empty type of person? I am most definitely a half full type and every situation presents an opportunity. So, my advice to those people looking to get married and are concerned about only having 15 guests, I would suggest they do what my son and future daughter-in-law are doing. Have your wedding on the set date and with whatever the current legislation allows you with guests and all being well, have a big party in 2022.
You may ask, how does this affect the photography? I offer engagement shoots so I am treating the wedding as an engagement shoot and the subsequent party as the wedding. I am sure that if you speak to your photographer, he/she may do the same for you. It’s a shame not to have some professional photographs if you choose to have your formal wedding during these difficult times as the photographs produced by an experienced wedding photographer will outshine anything that an amateur or family guest could take, bearing in mind that the photographs taken on the wedding day form part of one’s treasured possessions and will be regarded as an heirloom in many cases.
Whatever you decide to do, have a wonderful wedding and party and try and look upon the unfortunate circumstances with a positive spin i.e. the bride gets to wear her wedding dress twice!