Bring the party to the protest: Stand up for Weddings!

"BRING THE PARTY TO THE PROTEST' campaign is the brainchild of some absolutely gorgeous businesses within the Wedding Industry! The What About Weddings campaign created by Annabelle of Love My Dress, Tamryn Settle Wedding Celebrant Wild & Oak, Jessie Westwood of Studio Sorores along with Olivia Knight, founder of Patchwork It, created "Bring the Party to the Protest" to enable the AMAZING AND RESILIENT Wedding Community to produce their own creative messages to Boris Johnson and ask him to #STANDUPFORWEDDINGS!


When I followed the link to the Patchwork It website and saw they were asking Events Companies to write a blog and use Social Media to shout at Boris, I was totally up for that!


So here is mine...

(The gorgeous Charlotte Arntzen Designs kindly allowed me to photoshop her gorgeous "It Was Always You" banner so I could use the image to make my stand for The Wedding Industry)


PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF


I’m Becci, founder of RubyBelle Events, an Events company passionately supporting creative Wedding businesses in the Midlands.


I started RubyBelle Events in 2018 as a way to ensure that local independently owned creative businesses had a platform and new opportunities to showcase their talents, skills and beautifully made designs to local wedding couples.


I want to curate inspiring Events that not only showcase traditional wedding suppliers, but the talented creators of unique, handmade pieces and one-of-a-kind gifts. Local artisan makers, designers and creative small businesses who can help couples inject more of their personality into their Wedding Day, right down to the very smallest, personal touches and details.

(Images taken by Dearest Love Photography & Photo + Film by Mitchell Clulow from The Artisan Wedding Market in September 2019)


THE IMPACT OF COVID ON YOUR BUSINESS

2020 was supposed to be my year ☹ After only launching in 2018 and having two successful Wedding Markets in 2019 I was ready to hit the ground running in 2020!

As COVID took hold and the UK went into lockdown at the end of March, all the planned Wedding Markets had to be paused, resulting in a very quiet season.


My Wedding markets do not simply enable browsing like a Wedding Fair, but create an authentic shopping experience for couples, allowing them to purchase unique personal touches that will truly reflect who they are on their wedding day. Think all of the excitement of a wedding fair, with the added buzz of buying at an artisan craft market!


Although the original Wedding Market format is based on the importance of face-to-face interactions between couples and small businesses, I will continue to support and showcase my community of creative small businesses & Wedding Suppliers by planning Online Wedding Markets in 2021.


ON WHAT ABOUT WEDDINGS


The What About Weddings campaign has been so wonderful at highlighting the support that is required from the government for our amazing Industry.

The campaign has raised the voices of the many amazing businesses that make up our industry, and allowed them to be heard as a united front!


MY MESSAGE TO BORIS


As an Industry built on LOVE, you MUST KNOW that we don’t want Weddings & Celebrations to take place if it is not safe to do so, but what we DO WANT is clarity, to be recognised, included and heard!

On Monday, please provide us with the HELP that our Industry deserves to get back to doing what we LOVE.


Gorgeous Image taken by Charlotte Burn Photography at an Intimate Wedding in 2020

MORE INFORMATION ON THE WHAT ABOUT WEDDINGS CAMPAIGN


#WhatAboutWeddings is for everyone in the wedding sector – from couples whose weddings have been impacted, to businesses whose livelihoods are under threat.

We are a small but dedicated team of individuals currently volunteering our time and energy towards raising the profile and plight of the wedding sector.


Over the past months, #WhatAboutWeddings campaigners have been:

  • Actively seeking a roadmap and clarity for safe reopening.

  • Encouraging and make it easy for couples and business owners to lobby their MPs.

  • Educating the media to recognise wedding businesses as valuable and competent contributors to the UK economy.

  • Supporting couples devastated by the impact of COVID-19 on their milestone celebrations.

  • Researching and analysing sector data and collecting new data to gain a better understanding of the make-up and worth of the UK wedding sector.

  • Liaising with UK government on the need for clarity and improved communication, and a package of measures to restore consumer confidence in the ability of our sector to navigate safely to the other side of the pandemic.


KEY WEDDING SECTOR FACTS & STATISTICS


1. 278,599 weddings per year in the UK

2. Total estimated £14.7bn direct spend on weddings every year:

£9.4bn spent on wedding ceremonies and celebrations

£3.2bn spent on retail (wedding attire, jewellery, wedding gifts)

£2.1bn travel, tourism and pre-wedding events (hen and stag events, mini-moons, honeymoons and wedding day related travel and tourism

3. Approximately 250,000 people depend on work related to delivering a wedding celebration on the day, with an estimated 150,000 more in support functions – a total of 400,000 involved in weddings

4. The wedding sector is seasonal with 79% of business occurring between 1st April and 31st October


On Monday 22nd February Boris Johnson is going to announce his Road Map plan for bringing the UK out of the currently lockdown and the What About Weddings Campaign is now fighting has hard as possible to be heard for the following reasons.


We urgently need the government to address the following three points:

1. REOPENING: a safe incremental increase in guest numbers or capacity with social distancing, offering parity with the rest of hospitality in the events industry. With the vaccine roll out and approved rapid testing utilised we also seek to work towards full and safe reopening in 2021. 2. SUPPORT: financial support for all those in the sector whilst we remain closed in all but name. 3. INSURANCE: A government backed scheme to support consumers and wedding businesses in the absence of available insurance cover.


FIND OUT MORE:

Patchwork It Website

What About Weddings Website & Instagram

Love My Dress Blog Post BRING THE PARTY TO THE PROTEST