Lockdown life – the everyday impact on Bedford: Part five

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Wedding bride groom arm in arm

Bedfordians have been sharing their experiences of the coronavirus ‘lockdown’. Giving emotional but also heart-warming insights into their experiences as we face the coronavirus pandemic together.

In this chapter, we are given a personal and emotive insight into how the pandemic is having an impact on what should be the happiest day of many couple’s lives.

Coronavirus: A wedding supplier’s journey

As a wedding supplier you are a people pleaser, we spend our working life being surrounded by couples enjoying one of the happiest days of their lives.

We thrive off smiles, excitement and the adrenaline buzz that comes with stepping up to the pressures of a wedding.

So that’s what makes Coronavirus all the more heart-breaking.

Most of us would have sat down at the beginning of the year and planned our annual budgets, we have our work load booked in throughout the year ahead, and sometimes these bookings have been two-years in the making.

None of us would have thought we would be 3 months into the year at the start of the main wedding season with our spring and early summer calendar empty.

COVID-19 has tipped our worlds upside down, not only are we worried for friends and family but we have the added worry of our businesses survival.

Our empty diary means no income.

For all its joy the wedding industry has one major downfall it is incredibly seasonal, we earn a years’ worth of money in about six-months and that money has to cover our overheads and a salary for ourselves throughout the quieter months.

Image: The White Emporium/Instagram

When life does return to normal we will be nearing the end of wedding season and be facing those quiet months with empty business accounts.

We love our couples, some become friends and we follow their journeys as they evolve as a couple together.

Our heart breaks a little more with every soul we speak to, with every difficult decision they have to make we try and be there to support them.

Listening to the worry in their voices and the sadness of postponing their day is another heart breaking.

The best thing about the wedding industry that very few people see is the immense support between suppliers.

Through building my business I have made a huge number of friends, all of which are rallying behind each other to offer the little pick me ups we all need.

Competitors come together in times of needs, suppliers from all walks of life, pricing points and genres all have one thing in common right now and that enables stronger relationships to be formed between us.

I was worried that the wedding industry wouldn’t bounce back, that we would forever be damaged by COVID-19, but now I think I was wrong.

This time will pass, it won’t last forever, yes our lives will have changed, but who’s to say they won’t change for the better?

Never will we ever take for granted being amongst our family and friends! Weddings will come back stronger and with a new sense of meaning.

Weddings are an incredibly happy occasion they unite all the people you love in one room, now imagine being surrounded by everyone you love right now, doesn’t that sound amazing?

With everything we have been through we will relish being surrounded by love and laughter, weddings will become all the more poignant as their focus returns back to that love. Which means we have no choice but to come back from all of this stronger.

by Gemma Lander, The White EmporiumBedford


How to submit your own lockdown experience

Sharing your experiences, and how coronavirus is affecting you, will help others and also create a social record of how coronavirus is affecting us all.

How you write your experiences is entirely up to you. But here are some pointers:

  • Please submit photos to accompany the piece
  • Describe who you are? Are you a teenager, a parent, business owner or volunteer. Who you are will help readers understand your point of view
  • Write it in a way that’s personal to you and your experiences
  • You can talk about anything you want. How you feel, what you’re doing differently, how family life is at home, but be honest
  • You can write a diary style piece, a list of ideas, or simply a story, be as creative as you like
  • Try to keep it about 400 words

Send your article to news@bedfordindependent.co.uk.

Submissions from all ages are welcome. Please include your full name and what area of Bedford you live in. We won’t need your street address.


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