In the words of Ray Davies, singer / songwriter of the Kinks, “It’s a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world”. OK so he wasn’t singing about having to postpone wedding reception parties and live wedding band hire music and entertainment providers rescheduling their 2020 bookings due to Coronavirus, but 2020 is indeed a strange world. As of June this year, FOUR ON THE FLOOR BAND have rescheduled 17 wedding receptions for brides and grooms to dates in 2021. And they’re the lucky ones – couples who have been able to speak to their venues and other service providers and gain commitments from them to move their parties. Spoiler alert – we’re about to get “salty”.
Many other wedding couples find themselves in a less fortuitous situation – church weddings are in limbo, and as many wedding and function venues have furloughed their staff, they are not able to reschedule a date as nobody is answering emails or phone calls. Some bride and grooms have discovered to their horror that the venue they had chosen has gone into administration, which means that not only do they have to find another venue for their big day, but any other venue they enquire about are also likely to be operating on a skeleton staff, rendering communication a slow, drawn out process, AND they will be in competition with other bride and grooms looking to find an alternative date and venue for 2021, not to mention other couples who are also planning their wedding reception for 2021.
Put simply in economic terms, demand outweighs supply. And when market forces dictate this scenario, the inevitable knock on effect is that process of services increase. Venues will need to recoup losses incurred by not being allowed to operate. A venue owner who is a friend of ours has calculated that as of the end of May 2020, actual and projected losses for the end of the year will be approximately £210,000 – and as the UK government has currently not announced a date for the resumption of large gatherings and wedding receptions, he will regretfully be increasing his prices for new bookings by at least 15%, and he suspect that many venues will have similar projections. Think about that for a minute – look at your existing wedding budget. Will you be able to find an extra 15% to cover hiring a new venue?
Hooray for wedding insurance! If you have purchased such a product, your insurer will be honouring the contract you entered into and reimbursing you for any costs incurred thus far – so if you have paid a deposit to secure your dream venue and other wedding service providers, in the event that they are unavailable, you’ll receive a nice present into your bank account. Right? Er, not necessarily. Two little words – “force majeure”. Somewhere in the small print of your contract, you might find a section which says something like “frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the control of the parties occurs”. While it sounds like something from the Old Testament like a plague of locusts, it also covers the suspension or cancellation of services due to pandemics such as our friend Covid-19. In other words, all bets are off, the contract is deemed null and void and your wedding insurance provider, who seemed so helpful when taking your money has walked away from the agreement. Unfortunately the media is reporting more and more cases like this.
So, if you are planning to reschedule your existing wedding reception, what can you do? Normal life MAY have resumed by the end of 2020, which means you might like to start looking at rescheduling your wedding reception, but there’s no guarantee, and with social isolation likely to last into 2021, what form will any wedding reception or party take? How many guests will you be able to invite? Will they have to stand 2 metres apart? What will your table plan look like? Will you have to uninvited potentially vulnerable guests? Will your venue have the capacity to seat all of your guests while adhering to social isolation guidelines? These are just some of the questions you as a bride or groom will probably need to address in the coming months.
However, let’s concentrate on what really matters – imagine your big day actually taking place. You have managed to juggle all service providers and secured a date that suites everyone. Imagine yourself surrounded by family and friends, all your loved ones celebrating your union. Picture everyone present, enjoying nice food and great company at your wedding breakfast. Think about the all the stresses and strains of the current situation melting away as you and your partner are lost in the moment of your first dance. And finally, imagine the sense of relief as you see your guests on the dancefloor, partying the night away! When you think of it like, that, it makes everything worthwhile, doesn’t it?
And that’s where FOUR ON THE FLOOR BAND come in. If you haven’t yet hired your wedding entertainment, consider this: we are a professional band. We have been creating a party atmosphere with our performances at wedding receptions and other events for almost ten years and we are accepting bookings for late 2020 (if you are feeling brave!) and 2021. We won’t be increasing our fees and we are a great option if you do find that you need to reconsider your wedding budget due to other factors – in fact our fees make us a more affordable prospect than most other function bands (plus when you hire us direct through this website there are no additional agency commission fees). We also provide up to 2 hours of “get on the dance floor” style live band music featuring indie, rock, pop and much more and our service also includes DJ music, a sound system and lights, plus we are more than happy to take song requests from you and your guests.
Let’s lighten the mood! Here is a tongue-in-cheek Coronavirus themed playlist!
Don’t stand so close to me – The Police
Fever – Peggy Lee
Toxic – Britney Spears
Can’t touch this – MC Hammer
It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine) – REM
I want to break free – Queen
Behind the mask – Eric Clapton
Don’t believe a word – Thin Lizzy
Stay away – Nirvana
Safety dance – Men without hats
Dancing with myself – Billy Idol
I wanna hold your hand – The Beatles
A change is gonna come – Sam Cooke
Breaking the law – Judas Priest
6ft 7in (around 2 metres) – Lil Wayne
I hate people – Anti-Nowhere League
The prisoner – Iron Maiden
The times they are a-changin’- Bob Dylan
I want to go to the beach – Iggy Pop
Anything by Crowded House!
Whatever happens this year and next, you can rely on FOUR ON THE FLOOR to ensure that everyone has a great nights’ entertainment. For more information, please use the contact form to request a quote or call us direct on 0796 433 5657.