How are wedding suppliers coping with the current health crisis?

Wedding suppliers and how to cope with the current crisis.

With no weddings for me to photograph for the foreseeable future it is essential that I keep myself both motivated and optimistic and that I am constantly nurturing my business so that when we do get back to some semblance of normality my business will be in as positive a position as possible. Of course, like any other wedding professional I have lost an awful lot of weddings and I have been having to rearrange many weddings for later this year or next year. To keep myself in the public eye, I am blogging regularly and I have been working on some personal photography projects which I will share in some later blog posts. Today I wanted to reach out to some of my favourite and most trusted wedding professionals to find out how they have been managing their time and their business during this crisis.

First of all, Trixie from Libertii Beau make up in Leicester. Incredibly, I have not photographed any weddings with Trixie, but that will surely change soon. Trixie is my go-to make up artist when I am shooting beauty and fashion. She is incredibly creative and just a great person to be around.

http://libertiibeau.com/libertii-beau/

How has Covid-19 affected your business and how have you managed the inevitable postponements?

As the situation developed, it was clear to me early on that with the nature of my up close contact with clients, my private appointments and bridal makeup trials needed to be rescheduled. I worked from month to month, initially in March I started re-appointing March and April dates, pushing them further back where possible to May and June. I’ve continued to do this methodically keeping track of my calendar and keeping in close contact with my clients. In the interim whilst this was moving quickly, brides, already booked weddings, were rescheduling their weddings for 2021 with their venue’s and I was juggling times etc to accommodate them.  Thinking on reflection, I feel some of it was out of my hands and I knew I would need to go pretty fluid with it as other elements were within my control. I feel it has evolved now and I’m waiting for the next influx of re-appointments and wedding date schedules for the summer and autumn brides which seem to be moving, again to 2021/22.

What are you doing to keep your business healthy during the lockdown?

It has been important for me to keep engagement through social media of various forms, because audiences are different on different platforms. I can stay connected with them and also give them reassurance that I’m still here, working hard to keep going and stay visible. Staying visible and engaged is key to progressing once it’s safe to do so.

What advice would you give to others to keep themselves motivated and optimistic during lockdown?

“My advice to anyone out there that is finding this challenging, from a business perspective, is to keep connected with your industry professionals. Find out how others are coping and adapting and be socially open to assist if you can. Work together, maybe follow people you’ve always took inspiration from and work on other projects and future projects behind the scenes, so when lockdown is over, you are good to go.

On a personal level, I’m still planning my days out. Working mornings and enjoying my outside space in the afternoons. Taking every moment I can to enjoy this extra time and breathe in the beauty of life. Sunny days help lots.”

This pandemic has given many people the opportunity to reassess goals and ambitions when the world gets back to normal , what will your goals be moving forward (can be business or personal)?

“Of course if you are lucky enough to stay well and healthy then this is the ideal time to take the opportunity to look at other venture’s. Work you’ve perhaps wanted to do before, but have not been able to pursue because of otter demands. You are in this industry because you are creative, so use your talents and go create new work and remember that sometimes when you stop, you regain new inspired momentum.

So keep positive and free in spirit, you can get through this. Make a constructive plan and if it doesn’t seem to be working, make another one. I plan to still be here for my clients after this passes and also to have a small new business sitting by my side ready to go soon.

Love and Peace”

– Trixie

I shoot a lot of fashion and beauty with Trixie, this one is from a fantastic shoot we did a while back at Stubton Hall.

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Fashion and beauty with Trixie

Next, here is David Fox, he is the most talented magician and illusionist I know, he never fails to amaze me with his talent and he is a great addition to any wedding.

http://davidfoxmagician.co.uk/

How has Covid-19 affected your business and how have you managed the inevitable postponements?

“The crisis has caused me to reschedule bookings throughout March, April, May, June, July and August so far. Thankfully, I’ve managed to successfully accommodate the majority of clients and I am very grateful that they have been so flexible too.

To date, I have lost two weddings and a corporate function but I’m hoping to hold onto the remaining gigs in my diary for 2020.”

What are you doing to keep your business healthy during the lockdown?

“I continue to contact clients and work on new material for my show. I have been experimenting a lot more with technology as well. There are still several future projects in the pipeline too – so I can always keep myself busy even when I’m not out on the road.

An NHS charity has also asked me to help them during the crisis and I have been creating Balloonogram videos. See my Facebook page for details – David Fox Magician.”

What advice would you give to others to keep themselves motivated and optimistic during lockdown?

“My advice to others would be to try to keep busy and not watch too much news. Hopefully the crisis will start to come to an end soon. It’s also very important to keep chatting to family and friends. Don’t let yourself become too isolated – we’re all being affected by this and it’s certainly not your fault if your business is suffering.”

This pandemic has given many people the opportunity to reassess goals and ambitions when the world gets back to normal , what will your goals be moving forward (can be business or personal)?

“My goal is that it makes me even more determined to succeed as an entertainer and a magician. Having had some time to reflect and analyse my act in more detail has been very beneficial. I have also created some new ideas to continue to entertain and reach out to audiences when we enter the post-lockdown phase. For a business, new ideas are our life’s blood, and it’s very important to adapt and move with the times.”

stubton weddings

David Fox at Stubton Hall

I have plenty more wedding professionals thoughts to share and I’ll be getting part two and part three of this blog post out in a day or so. If anyone is looking for any suppliers for their weddings I cannot recommend any of these guys enough.

Thanks

Paul

About masseyphotography

freelance wedding, pregnancy and new born photographer based in Lincolnshire.
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