Covid-19 Wedding Venue Viewing Guidelines
Most wedding venues were allowed to legally open in England from the 4th of July. So, you should now be able to visit and view the spaces with more ease. Here’s some guidance on how you should prepare for a venue viewing during social distancing.
Are venue viewings permitted?
Yes, with many establishments now allowed to open in the UK, wedding venue show-rounds are taking place. However, there will be particular venues such as nightclubs which may not be able to accommodate this due to restrictions. However, please be aware that in periods of local and national restrictions you may not be able to view your venue.
If you would like to view a venue please consider the following:
Start online: look at picture galleries, reviews, and take a virtual tour if possible, so that you only view venues you really like. Lots of venues are beginning to do Live venue tours on Facebook, so check their social media to see if this is available too.
Only arrange an in-person viewing if you can’t move forward with your wedding plans without doing so; remember it is safer to stay at home.
Avoiding travelling to the venue by public transport where possible, try to maintain two-metre social distancing and stay alert to risks. More details on how to stay safe during a viewing and what to take with you are provided below. Take into consideration any local lockdown restrictions that may affect where your venue is located.
Bear in mind that many venues are using this time for renovations, the team that usually carry out show-rounds may have been furloughed or on reduced hours and the venue will be lacking its usual atmosphere. However, as of July, hospitality venues have started to open again. So, you’ll be able to get more from the viewing going forward.
Arranging a viewing
Email (rather than call) your venue to see if they are offering appointments. You can find email links to most UK venues online here.
Look online, watch video venue tours and speak to your venue to ensure that the venue is suitable for your needs. In-person viewings should be the last stage in the selection process, rather than at the start of short-listing.
Minimise the number of people attending the viewing and only attend with members of your own household or as just the two of you to ensure the safety of all. If you are wanting other people to join, such as your mum or a sibling, check in advance if the venue is happy for these people to join the tour via their mobile phone, for example using Facetime, Whatsapp or Zoom.
Remember to take pictures of the venue to be able to easily visualise the space after the tour. We also recommend asking if the team have measurements of the space so you minimise the need to visit again.
Attending a viewing
In line with government guidance, anyone experiencing coronavirus symptoms should be staying at home, to help prevent further spread of the disease. You should not attend a viewing if you or anyone in your household is displaying COVID-19 symptoms or has not yet completed the required period of household self-isolation. You should take extra precautions to keep yourself safe if you are in the high-risk category.
Travelling to and from your viewing
Wherever possible, use your own transport or walk. If you need to use public transport, arrange a viewing time outside of peak travel hours. Arrive on time; not earlier and not later. This allows the person showing you round to meet you on arrival with PPE if needed.
What to take to the viewing
Take a list of questions so you get the most out of the viewing and to ensure you cover everything in one viewing. Take photos or videos so that you don’t need to come back again to check details and colour schemes while the UK is under strict social distancing measures. You will also want to bring your own tape measure if there are dimensions you want to check.
Take hand sanitiser with you, but the venue should also provide you with access to wash your hands both before and after the viewing. You will likely need to bring a face covering and may also wish to wear disposable gloves, but make sure they are disposed of safely.
Wearing a face mask shows consideration to the venue staff and is required by law in most nations of the UK within places like hotels, restaurants and registry offices. Take something to make notes with if you can’t use your phone. Take a bottle of water if it is hot. It is unlikely that you will be offered a drink at the viewing.
Be careful to follow social distancing measures carefully, keeping at least 2 metres from the person showing you around. Don’t touch anything, and if you do, wash your hands afterwards or dispose of your gloves.
Use your imagination! While it is closed, your venue won’t have its usual atmosphere and may be lacking its usual sparkle. This is just a temporary state; it will come to life with the sounds, laughter and happiness of your guests on your wedding day.
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