Planning a wedding right now is confusing…lets be honest no-one knows what the future holds. But with a little thought and creativity, you will still be able to get married, still have a fabulous celebration with friends and get great pictures too.

Currently churches are closed for business with a view to reopening for services with the ease of UK lockdown.

It’s likely that weddings with limited numbers of guests will be allowed initially, with outdoor ceremonies held where possible to minimise risk of the spread of Covid-19 to participants and guests.

In our country- outdoor ceremonies can be very weather dependant but many venues already have facilities to enable shelter should the heavens open.

Outdoor weddings are wonderful and with some creativity can be every bit as special as indoor celebrations.

One popular option is a garden wedding- a friend, relative or even local parish hall may be worth approaching if you yourself don’t have a suitable outdoor space.

A barn can be simply decked out with trestle tables, wild flowers , hay bales and pretty festoon lights for atmosphere.

You have to go a long way to beat the location and romance of for a great value stunning barn location- you need to bring your own creativity and go crazy on Pinterest as this place is a blank canvas to make your big day your own.

Mid Wales is home to countless stunning locations for a Covid-19 friendly wedding .Plas Dinam is an amazing spot too with lots of beautiful outdoor areas and plenty of space. The beautiful barn area is perfect too for keeping a little distance! in Cilgerran is another wonderful indoor/ outdoor venue with an outrageous measure of romance- posies of fresh flowers at every turn- quirky, creative and unique in the rolling Welsh countryside.

Dont forget the TiPi and Stables at along with riverside glamping options will help to keep you and your guests safe.

Coed Hills Rural Art space near Cowbridge is another option for a totally unique wedding with many variations on accomodation / camping and ceremony possibilities to explore.

Catering options are becoming more creative as small businesses closely follow the developing situation to provide high quality options for couples planning their wedding. Perhaps one idea is to involve as many small businesses as possible during this time when the industry like so many others has taken a huge blow.

Buffets and finger food will have to be entirely rethought and there will need to be hand sanitising stations strategically placed to facilitate the optimal hygiene of guests.

Guests- particularly those who are in the shielding category- elderly and vulnerable- will need to feel safe and it is important to consider options such as providing masks for guests where practicalities dictate closer proximity such as indoor aspects of the day.

It is possible to make or buy gorgeous masks and even advise guests of this prior to the day itself.

Perhaps along with invitations- a supplement of Covid-19 precautions that you yourselves and the venue will be taking along with helpful suggestions to guests on how to keep themselves and others safe during the day would be a relatively simple way to cover a host of concerns.

It can sound like a lot of restriction but will go a long way toward making everyone feel more relaxed and safe during the day. As none of us know where this virus is going and how it will impact us, putting life on hold indefinitely is an option not many of us wish to consider. Having something as joyous as your wedding to look forward to will give you and your guests something real to look forward to and your day will be just as wonderful, if not more so than before the Pandemic hit.

As a photographer- I will be taking every precaution necessary to give my couples the best possible service- the confidence and care of my couples are of utmost importance to me.

I will have my own PPE and have superb lenses that mean social distancing measures will never be a concern. I am well versed in cross infection control and am happy to advise on any aspect of the wedding as needed.

If we all take these relatively simple measures to stay within government advice, we can have these precious times to plan and look forward to.

Bring on the good times!!