North East UK news 'Beyond critical': North East wedding industry workers call for urgent help PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Photographers, florists, wedding planners, stylists and dress shop owners are among those who have spoken of the ‘devastating’ effect of the past year

North East UK news 'Beyond critical': North East wedding industry workers call for urgent help PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Photographers, florists, wedding planners, stylists and dress shop owners are among those who have spoken of the ‘devastating’ effect of the past year

North East UK news  'Beyond critical': North East wedding industry workers call for urgent help PremierLeague-News.Com
27 February 2021 - 17:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Workers from across the North East’s wedding industry have called for urgent help from the Government as they face at least another four months of ‘struggling’ before returning to normal. Photographers, florists, wedding planners, stylists and dress shop owners are among those who have spoken of the ‘devastating’ effect of the past year, with some facing the prospect of losing their businesses altogether. Announcing its ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown on Monday, the Government gave some much-anticipated details around resuming weddings, which have been largely unable to go ahead for many months. As of 29 March weddings can proceed with up to six attendees and will no longer be limited to 'exceptional circumstances.' On April 12, they will be able to take place with up to 15 attendees in premises that are permitted to open, and on May 17 the number increases to 30. Read More Related Articles Map shows worrying North-South Covid divide as England prepares to emerge from third lockdown Read More Related Articles What pubs, clubs and restaurants could look like when they reopen in England It will be June 21 at the earliest that the Government plans to remove all limits on weddings and other life events, subject to the outcome of the scientific Events Research Programme. Ahead of Boris Johnson’s announcement, Newcastle wedding photographer Sean Elliott teamed up with Saying I Do Wedding Planning for a photoshoot in support of the ‘What About Weddings’ campaign. The shoot, at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal, brought together a group of wedding and arts professionals to create “a photographic statement with a strong message”. The image of the lone bride and groom against a vast backdrop of empty seats is designed to be a reminder of “what’s missing and at risk of crumbling in our industries without proper support and understanding”. The campaign calls for “meaningful support” for the industry, with wedding venues treated the same as hospitality businesses in allowing them to operate safely on higher capacity numbers. The photoshoot at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal in support of the ‘What About Weddings’ campaign (Image: Sean Elliott) Sean said: “So many of our businesses directly underpin the hospitality sector – the list is huge - yet so far we’ve received none of the same meaningful support. “For myself and other businesses currently out of work, the situation is beyond critical. For many others, it’s sadly too late.” Speaking after Mr Johnson’s announcement, he said: “I'm glad they're being cautious, but it means I’m in lockdown for another four months and I need to have some support financially otherwise, once again, I’m scrapping around trying to find work. “I’m glad they’re being cautious, I just hate how they have put everything into little pigeonholes, and a wedding has been pigeonholed in the same way as a nightclub. “I think it should have been 50 guests, and that would have economically allowed a lot of people like myself to crack on for the next three months. Even 30 would have been better than 15. “I’ve been to several weddings with Covid-19 restrictions and the venues are so terrific, they’re managing the situation incredibly well. “It’s not being looked at as a serious industry. It’s as if people think we’re doing it for a hobby, but we’re not - we’re paying our mortgages with it. “We need support now, otherwise the whole thing’s going to collapse in on itself. We have a glimmer of hope, I want to be positive, but people need to know we are struggling." North East wedding industry workers have their say PHOTOGRAPHER Sean Elliott, Sean Elliott Photography “I’ve run a successful wedding photography studio for over 12 years. Currently, nearly 100 of my 2020 bookings have been rescheduled well into 2021 and beyond - taking my fee with them.

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. “As a Limited Company Director I haven’t qualified for any self-employed grants either.” The photoshoot at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal in support of the ‘What About Weddings’ campaign (Image: Sean Elliott) FLORIST Kay McNeil, Wild and Wonderful Flowers “The size of the arts and wedding industry and how many professions feed into it is significantly underestimated. “My company has been bringing joy to so many people for over 16 years. I’m currently relying on all my savings, but it’s costing me more than I make.” MAKEUP ARTIST Danielle Hall, Dani MUA “Work has always given me a purpose. Having it stop has had a huge effect on my mental health. “We’ve all still had all of our outgoings too. I bought entirely new stock before the pandemic, and it’s now all near to expiring. I don’t feel part of the bigger picture.” Read More Related Articles Durham Miners' Gala cancelled for second year in a row over Covid concerns WEDDING PLANNER Cat McElroy, Saying I Do Wedding Planning “Wedding and events suppliers desperately need bookings and deposits, but couples just have no confidence at the moment. “Many have rescheduled two, three, even four times already. They are tired of the upheaval and sadly their excitement is dwindling.” HAIRSTYLIST Professional hair stylist Lisa Cameron It’s hard not to lose my motivation. I miss driving to work, speaking with brides and hearing their story. “I’ve recently lost my website too as my hosting provider went under. “But the thought of losing my business after building it up over 17 years is just devastating.” WEDDING FURNITURE HIRE Jane Flatman, Birdcages and Dragonflies “I wouldn't like to think of the money we've lost. We had 117 weddings booked this year, but only did 12. “We’d also just bought a 7.5 tonne wagon, but had to sell it as it was too expensive to keep on the road given the circumstances.” WEDDING DRESS SHOP OWNER Gayle Stamp, Bridal Boutique “In the small window in which we could open this year, appointments were still significantly reduced due to attendees being limited to the bride’s immediate bubble - which is usually their partner. “Still, we try to remain positive and supportive for our couples, even though there’s very little support for us.” Read More Related Articles Volunteers could be sought to 'trial' nightclubs, football matches and concerts before full reopening Read More Related Articles Five Covid fines issued after 'birthday party' at Sunderland care home

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