BookEntertainment.co.uk, a platform that allows people seeking entertainment for any event type to research, compare and book acts for the occasion, has advised betrothed couples to act sooner rather than later to rearrange their wedding days in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis.
The online service has also introduced a specialist division to support couples needing to delay their bookings.
This comes as the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus has triggered unprecedented action from governments across the world, including a mandatory “lockdown” from UK authorities which does not yet have a clear end date.
The coronavirus has led to major business events and festivals throughout the UK being either called off or delayed until the autumn or 2021 in the wake of the restrictions on gatherings.
Government guidance on the current lockdown does not clarify when the restrictions will be eased or lifted. Scotland’s chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood, said on Sunday that the lockdown could be in place for 13 weeks, and that restrictive measures may be reintroduced if cases spike again.
BookEntertainment.co.uk said that couples with weddings booked at any point during the next 16 weeks should postpone, claiming that “forward thinking” would allow them to reschedule to a preferred date in the next year, as well as helping them to stay calm and feel in control.
Co-director and founder Keith Donaghy advised betrothed couples to “think of this as a reschedule and not a cancellation”.
He advised that “suppliers and venues should all work together to ensure deposits are held until a new date is agreed”.
Some 27,000 weddings take place each year in Scotland, according to statista.com, with around 25 per cent estimated to take place within the next 12 weeks, which must now be postponed due to the pandemic.
Donaghy added: “Over the last week, we have created an ‘SOS team’ to deal with couples and entertainers to arrange new dates and offer plenty of free advice to help them through this difficult period.”
He advised anyone hosting an event to continue to closely monitor government advice.
BookEntertainment.co.uk is a UK-wide which service launched in Scotland at the end of 2018, with Donaghy and business partner Denis Finnegan saying they hoped to do for the entertainment industry what Airbnb, Booking.com, Uber and Just Eat had done for their respective sectors.