So you can finally get married in England with 30 people in attendance and then have a small reception to celebrate as of August 2020. Of course that is not what many want when they think of their big day but if your plans have been postponed then it is definitely worth considering getting married now with perhaps a larger celebration to follow next year with all your family and friends. A difficult decision to make. I have one couple who have had to change their plans three times so far (although not all due to Covid). We are hoping for third time lucky next year.
As a wedding florist I can say that a small wedding can be as lovely as a larger one. There is something wonderful about the intimate ceremony especially when you still have flowers to beautify and consolidate your big day .. but I would say that! Princess Beatrice had a very small wedding on 17 July 2020 at the Royal Chapel Lodge at Windsor, adorned with the most beautiful flowers. So small does not mean you have to avoid flowers but the decision has to be made as to what sort of ceremony you would like and whether you are also decorating a venue later next year for a family and friend get together. Of course, your guests needs must also be considered as many may have to travel or are elderly which may cause you to delay and hope for better times next year given the current quarantine rules, lack of flights and infection risks.
All of my current Verdila couples have managed to find a date for next year to have the wedding of their dreams but I am now finding a few who want to actually be wed sooner.
There has been a note from the BFA (British Florist Association) this week to the effect that a No Deal Brexit in December will mean Europe imposing an 8% tariff on all imported flowers into the UK next year. As an independent florist I can source locally in the UK but this will depend on the time of year and the type and colour of flowers chosen. Not sure if the tariff will come to pass or if it is just postulating prior to final negotiations but is definitely another factor to consider when weighing up the pros and cons of the current difficult situation.
There is still much to be thankful for in the flower world. In terms of supply of flowers, this has never been better at the moment! Flowers do not know there is Covid or Brexit looming. They just grow and flower away. I am grateful every time I create a floral design at the moment as I get to handle and marvel at all the floral beauties.
Whenever and however you are getting married I wish you joy and every happiness with a flower filled, happy day.
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Helen at Verdila
Creating beautiful flowers with a contemporary twist