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We invited writer Jessica Sweet to guest blog for us. Talking all about how wedding venues can successfully and safely open post lockdown.

Adapting to the ‘new normal’

For many wedding event venue managers, the last few months have been nothing short of hellish. With the Coronavirus shutting their entire venue down and cutting off every possible revenue stream.

Now, as the UK slowly gets back to work, and couples start to host weddings again, you can start reopening your venue.

However, the wedding landscape has changed dramatically since the pandemic began. With couples now facing restrictions and slimmed down guest lists.

If you’re planning to reopen your wedding venue after the lockdown, then read on to find some practical tips to make the process less stressful.

Wedding at Aynhoe house pre-covid-19. Groom and Groomsman walking down staircase

Have Your Venue Decontaminated

Cleanliness is paramount right now, so you need to make sure that your venue is professionally cleaned before you reopen. Ideal Cleaning offers expert Coronavirus Disinfection so that you can reassure wedding hosts and guests that your space is clean and safe before their event.

Cleaning products staff at wedding venues can use to disinfect and decontaminate venue spaces

Communicate With Couples

If you had bookings before the virus hit and the lockdown began, then you should communicate with the couples involved to reschedule their special day. Get in touch with them to help them to plan their wedding and create the celebration that they’ve always dreamed of, despite the challenges that they now face.

Decorated barn wedding venue space

Learn The New Rules

As mentioned earlier, there are now new rules for weddings, including a limit on the number of guests that are allowed to attend. As such, you need to make sure that your venue understands the rules and enforces them effectively. Share details of the relevant regulations with every member of your staff, so that they can give your customers accurate advice and support.

Wedding ceremony featuring limited numbers post covid. Guest giving speech to new Mr and Mrs

Introduce Social Distancing Markers

Social distancing helps you to reduce the chances of the Coronavirus spreading throughout your property, as people will not be in close proximity to one another. Use markers on the floor and walls to indicate where guests and staff should stand, and rope off any areas that you don’t want them to go near. This approach will make it easier for everyone to follow your guidelines and stay safe.

Social distancing marker used to guide guests on where to stand at wedding venues

Add Handwashing Stations

Washing your hands on a regular basis can dramatically reduce the chances of the virus spreading. Therefore, add additional sinks and soap dispensers throughout your property, and particularly in high-risk areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. You should also offer no-touch hand sanitiser dispensers to give guests a quick and easy way to rid their hands of any germs.

Women washing hands in sink as part of new wedding venue covid-19 guideline

Give Staff Face Masks

Face masks reduce the chances of your staff breathing contaminated particles onto guests and into the air around them. Purchase smart, reusable face masks that match your uniform to make your staff look smart and keep them safe.

Love themed face masks with little red love hearts and names embroider on them. Great for wearing at wedding venue

Keep Up To Date With The Latest Developments

The rules regarding weddings and other events are constantly evolving as the situation changes, so make sure that you stay up to date. Follow a respected wedding blog or publication to get reliable information sent straight to your inbox, as well as advice on how you can implement the latest government directives.

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