We are still waiting for clear government advice on the unlocking of the hospitality industry, but it is evident that weddings through early July are unlikely to proceed as originally planned. The only reference in current Government information about the future of weddings was posted on gov.uk site on the 12th of May and suggests they are looking at recommencing small wedding ceremonies in June:
"There’s no change at this time, but we have set out our intention to enable small wedding ceremonies from 1 June. We understand the frustration couples planning a wedding must be feeling at this time. As with all the necessary coronavirus restrictions on register offices, places of worship and other venues, we will look to ease them as soon as it is safe to do so. We will work closely with faith leaders and local government over the coming weeks to go through the practicalities."
At Stubton Hall we are assuming that any restart to weddings will be slow and gradual, probably focusing on the ceremonies alone with a limited number of witnesses.
We are currently consulting with couples who have weddings booked with us through the end of August and offering them appropriate suggestions and making alternative plans if needed. I know that couples scheduled to be married from September onwards are also anxious, but for the moment we are continuing to hope that in the next few months it will become clear if Autumn weddings will be able to go ahead and so we are not yet entertaining provisional postponements for weddings after the end of August.
We are so happy to have a steady stream of requests for new weddings! There are still two remaining prime dates in December 2020 and we've devised an all-in package for 50 guests if you would like to get married in early 2021. There are also a few prime dates for Summer 2021 available in our diary. Please contact us if you are interested in provisionally reserving a date in our diary.
We've heard some horror stories from couples whose venues haven't been as flexible as we are about forced postponements. If you are considering moving your wedding from another venue, please give us a call because we would like to be helpful.
We are still unable to show new customers around in person, but we hope that this restriction could be lifted in the near future. In the meantime we can set up video or phone calls to discuss how Stubton Hall could host your wedding. We've also put together a simple video walkthrough of Stubton Hall for those of you who have never seen it https://vimeo.com/407091388.
Whether you are an existing or a new customer, please be in touch if you have any queries. Our emails and phones are staffed, but understand that it may take us longer than usual to reply.