Oct 06, 2020
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Pandemic Weddings – Double Date Rescue from SOS

Throughout 2020, our focus has (quite rightly) been on health and keeping everyone as safe as possible from coronavirus. But in terms of overall impact on people’s future planning, in the pandemic weddings have really suffered.

When restrictions first eased, the mood started to lift, planning started to go ahead in a very cautious way. We were glad at that time to introduce the Deposit-Refund Covid Guarantee into our Ts & Cs. This was because we wanted customers know that if their event had to be cancelled due to Covid or local lockdowns, we’ll return the deposit, no problem.

But since the latest round of restriction tightening, which saw weddings of 30 shrink down to 15, we started thinking – maybe there’s something else that might help …

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Pandemic weddings - double date, one deposit

When couples have needed to cancel, one of the first things they ask is about alternative dates for re-booking. Often this comes at the same time as cancellation because couples have re-booked venues already. So this gave us an idea – how about a Double Date service?

 

What this means is, when you book one of our wedding packages …

  • We’ll happily accept the booking for your primary proposed date. We’ll take a deposit as we would normally.
  • But at the same time, we’ll open up our diary to you and book in a second date of your choosing. This can be a back-up date, held under the same deposit. 
  • Then, if the first date has to be sidelined and the substitute date comes into play, the deposit you’ve already paid will transfer to the new booking.
  • Waiting on confirmations from other providers too? Need a couple of days to confirm the alternative date? That’s no problem. We’ll hold the date for a couple of days – all we ask is that you stay in touch with us.
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Sean explains ...

“There's such uncertainty for couples, when it comes to pandemic weddings! Will it go ahead? Won't it? What will happen if we have to cancel and pick another date? Planning a wedding is stressful enough, without that added worry.

So we thought about the continued changes and confusion over restrictions, especially for weddings and gatherings, and thought we'd like to offer something that would help, but would also make things simple, in amongst all the confusion.

Hopefully, this Double Date offer will give couples a bit of confidence that they'll still get a date they want if they need to cancel and re-book because of coronavirus. Booking that second date in at the same time as booking the first should reassure couples that we're holding that date for them just in case. And because things are so stretched financially for everyone, using just the one deposit to hold two possible dates seemed an extra helpful thing to do.

And if even worse unforeseen things happen and the wedding can't go ahead on either date because of Covid-19, then our deposit refund guarantee is still there."

Sean

With double dates now going into the 2021 diary, Sean’s calendar is starting to look a little more lively even if the dance floor isn’t just yet! 

Sean’s taking the opportunity to put the party van to good use elsewhere and he’s also revising the wedding packages, to offer greater value for couples in this pandemic weddings era.

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