I have been reading many posts on wedding facebook groups over the last week or so. This pandemic has for some completely taken over from the joy, and fun, of planning their wedding. Understandably many have taken to facebook asking for advice and voicing their concerns, uncertainty and even rage. Some feel they can’t express their fears to their loved ones and find a group of strangers in the same boat a good place to offload. The only problem is that this often up ends up fuelling fear which makes matters worse.
At the same time there are also some surprisingly positive stories. For example, a front line worker who’s wedding has been cancelled and is desperately looking for a discontinued Asos dress, discovers that Provonias is offering free dresses to NHS engaged workers; photographs of smiling couples who didn’t want to wait and dashed off to tie the knot with online links to family and friends— their big celebration postponed to another date; hysterical videos that make you cry with laughter and completely lift your soul. For every wedding cup half empty there are two champagne glasses still overflowing!
This is a strange and difficult time for all. But we know that this won’t last forever and when our wedding days begin again we are happy in the knowledge that they will be even better! Who isn’t going to want to party until their feet ache after lockdown?!
In the meantime, Amy Lou has been on the phone reassuring booked and future couples and doing everything she can to help them. Anita is tending the garden and polishing the building to keep it perfect for when the doors of The Pilgrims Rest will once again fly open.
So for everyone who is nervous our advice is to call us if you have concerns . We are here for you - ready with a little more hand holding (albeit virtual) than normal. Take a deep breath, crack open a bottle of bubbly, fill it to the top and remember… Keep Positive and Marry On!
If you would like to speak to our wedding team please call on 07552873448 or email email@example.com
Photo by the lovely Georgina Piper Photography...
"Keep Calm and Marry On”
The message from the wedding industry - “Keep calm and marry on”; it makes it sound easy doesn’t it? But, in reality this is a message worth taking on board for couples looking to make plans and tie the knot. The next few weeks are a very uncertain time for everyone but we know this time will eventually pass and things will return to normal. The concern is that there may be a shortage of available dates with weddings being postponed.
While possible, visiting wedding venues and securing your wedding date is a good idea. With this in mind it is, however, important to find out what wedding venues are doing to protect people visiting their building whether for a show round or an actual wedding.
We cannot speak for other venues but at The Pilgrims Rest we have put in measures which will hopefully put couple’s minds at rest. Those with elderly family or with health issues have understandable concerns but also desperately want them to be there on the day. So as a wedding venue what are we doing to make sure our venue is as safe an environment as possible for your loved ones?
It goes without saying that our wedding team is already working from home. We never have back to back weddings anyway as we like to give the building a deep clean followed by a good airing (call us old fashioned) after every wedding to keep it fresh. Although this is standard practice for us, it also means that in this climate, our normal processes actually reduce any risk of cross contamination.
We have increased our already fastidious cleaning regime and Anita, who maintains the building in-between weddings, is on hand both before and after weddings to disinfect surfaces, door handles - anything that might be touched basically, as well as her normal sprinkling of fairy dust around the venue.
Importantly, we are still showing The Pilgrims Rest to couples and are keeping exclusive appointments (as we always do) to set times, ensuring the venue is kept as empty as possible. Amy Lou will welcome you with an elbow knock rather than a hand shake (she would normally prefer a hug) and show you around our beautiful historic venue. She is also asking anyone coming into the building to wash their hands straight away. In-between appointments Anita sweeps round like a whirling dervish making sure everything is clean. It might sound over the top, but we feel this is incredibly important for the safety of all our couples, and their families.
For those wary of coming to visit but still wanting more information we are also working hard to do personal remote show rounds using a video link. Although it isn’t possible to completely capture the real soul of the venue it will give couples a better idea of the space and layout. If you would like to book a remote show round then we shall arrange a time and a member of our team will walk you around from The Great Hall upstairs to both the Fitzherbert and Bryant dressing rooms, answering any questions you might have.
Please contact the team on 07552873448 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book a viewing. We look forward to welcoming you to The Pilgrims Rest either in person or by video link...
Photography: Simon Booth Photography