As everyone is aware, since March 2020 when COVID struck it's been a tricky time for everybody. We’ve seen multiple posts in supplier groups of people selling on their businesses, others having to postpone weddings and unfortunately a huge number of cancellations. It's not been an easy time and it doesn't look like things will be the same for a good while. However with a potential vaccine on the horizon we can finally start to return to some form of normal. Fingers crossed!
Lucky for us, we decided to join the wedding industry officially just as COVID was beginning to change things up. You might be wondering what on earth is lucky about that!? Well, because we both worked full time in the commercial photography and videography industry, time on furlough helped us create what you can see now as Unveil Weddings UK. We could have sat and enjoyed the time off, but instead we wanted to create something that is really ours, so maybe one day we can work for ourselves.
It wasn’t easy, but with the time we were able to experiment, take chances on advertising, make amends to the site without it disrupting the potential customers coming through the door. We’ve found it difficult because we don’t know how busy pre-COVID life was in the industry, but we’re taking it as it comes and trying to adapt and grow with every hurdle thrown at us and the industry as a whole.
So far we’ve had around ten bookings since March, many of which unfortunately needed to be postponed until next year. We had no issues in moving our couples weddings to their proposed dates as we want to do everything we can to help. We didn't charge our couples because simply no one is to blame.
If we can't re-book a date because we’re booked up, we’d ensure to hire a colleague to join us and split across the shoots, so we can ensure everyone is happy.
Obviously it’s a terrible situation but we always try and look for the positives in everything. This just means we get more time to get to know our couples. We always do this anyway, but this gives us an extra year of communication and meetups before the big day, so when it comes to the actual day we won’t be shooting just for a couple but for our friends too.
In the time we had available, we took one of our couples Angus & Nathan on a photo/video pre wedding shoot. This shoot has to be up there with one of our favourite shoots to date. From the couples shoot we got some fab content, had a great day out, and we were able to provide something sooner rather than waiting another year to get some awesome shots. We had so much fun, got to know one another and learned how we can work together. Now, when the wedding comes around we know everything will run so smoothly and the content they will receive will be everything they dream of.
When couples have enquired with us since March, we’ve found that the topic has generally been about continuing with their plans with an intimate wedding. This is something we can offer even with the restrictions in place, we will follow all government guidelines, making sure we are wearing masks, sanitising and keeping our distance. COVID is a tricky time, but let's make the most of it and share an experience that's so unique and will be looked back on in history.