Love in a Coronavirus Climate

The last few months have certainly been tough for the hospitality industry as a whole, but for those businesses who rely on seasonal trade such as summer weddings, it has been a real challenge. Neptune Bars and Marquees have seen around 90% of bookings transferred to 2021 which on the face of it, seems brilliant. However, with COVID-19 apparently not going anywhere anytime soon, clients with existing bookings are starting to question whether they will still be able to say ‘I do’ next year.

Here are three good reasons why you should consider keeping hold of your date:

1. COVID-19 is not going away.  Yes, we just said that people were considering cancelling for that very reason, but thinking about it logically, events should still go ahead. Who wants to postpone their wedding indefinitely?  Human beings are ultimately social creatures - we need things to look forward to and what’s better than celebrating with close family and friends?

2. The goalposts are constantly changing.  At present, you can only invite 15 people to your wedding, which although restrictive and potentially upsetting, could actually be a blessing in disguise.  Collating a wedding guest list is always fraught with peril, as you wonder how you can exclude your third cousin and his wife and two children who you haven’t seen for 10 years without hurting any family feelings.  Now, you get to celebrate with your very nearest and dearest AND you get to save for a mighty party at some point in the future.

3. There are some great deals around.  We here at Neptune have redesigned our wedding drinks package to allow for a smaller, exclusive guest list.  For a four-hour function, we are offering unlimited Prosecco and house champagne from just £10 per head, per hour for 15 guests. For £15.00 per head, per hour, you can order unlimited Taittinger, Pol Roger, Bollinger and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label NV. Pricing will, of course, include a comprehensive range of additional drinks, all glassware, ice and garnishes, along with our wonderful, professional staff to serve you.

Keep the faith - nobody knows how this situation will change in the next five minutes, let alone in six to twelve months. Give yourselves something to look forward to, hope for the best but keep your plan fluid to accommodate changes when they happen. Ultimately, the most important thing is marrying the person you love!

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