At the time of writing, we’re all living through this awful Coronavirus crisis. Everyone in the wedding industry, I’m sure, extends heartfelt good wishes to wedding couples and their families who have been, and are being, impacted. It must be unsettling and upsetting for you.
Every supplier in this industry is juggling dates and doing their best to accommodate any new arrangements that you, the client, wants. Disruption to our respective businesses is insignificant, of course, to the emotional impact on you and to people suffering poor health.
Please talk to your suppliers / potential suppliers and we will do the best we can to offer solutions, to reschedule and to support you in every way we can.
I’m talking about the dreaded lurgy that’s going about and disrupting events and activities. Even when Covid-19 has faded into something manageable, it, or one of its nasty friends, is bound to strike us sometime in the future.
That’s the nature of the world today.
At the time of writing this, hotels are cancelling events and asking couples to reschedule. Government advice may be a bit vague (for all sorts of political and economic reasons) but travel restrictions limit foreign visitors.
So what should a couple do? Take a chance and stick to current plans? That’s probably unwise in the short to medium term. If you planning from scratch, it’s worth thinking long and hard about the kind of event you want and how you can build in safeguards and options. If you are rescheduling, it’s worth reviewing your options and alternatives as all suppliers might not be able to fit your new schedule.
Are you separating the ceremony and the celebrations? Are they even on the same day and, indeed, do you want them to be? Could you perform your legal ceremony by videolink?
You might not want to do any of these things but I recommend to take the time to review your options.
I also recommend you look at my ebook ‘Wedding Planner Starter Kit’. A great investment for only £1.99. Cheaper than a cup of coffee – assuming we’re still allowed to buy them.
You would be following in the footsteps of the great Greek orator Demosthenes (350BC) who was a nervous speaker and suffered with a stammer. Nevertheless, he was determined to overcome these problems and he believed in the value of practise (note the ‘s’ in the word signifying that it is a verb, meaning ‘action’).
He worked hard to cure his stammer and would rehearse his speeches with pebbles in his mouth. This didn’t have any beneficial effect so he ditched the idea – as did King George VI when trying to overcome his stammer problems.
Demosthenes realised that the only solution was to spend time practising until he got to the standard he was aiming for. He shaved one half of his head to force himself to stay out of sight and would spend two or three months indoors focussing on his task.
This intensive and repeated practise helped him overcome his nervous disposition and embarrassing stammer and made him one of the great Greek orators.
I don’t believe in the ‘pebbles in the mouth approach’ and I wouldn’t shave half my head (although you might think I have already done so) but I agree with Demosthenes (and others) that practise is the best, possibly only, route to success.
(Extract from my speaking guidance eBook ‘want to give them a good talking to?’ – see wfauthor.com)