Wedding venues are unique in the hospitality industry because they have to be booked so far in advance
Submitted for publication by Nus Ghani
Wealden MP Nus Ghani has written to the Secretary of Commerce asking for urgent assistance to the wedding sector in her East Sussex constituency.
In December 2012, Nus visited the Hendall Manor Barns wedding venue near Uckfield to meet its owners Nicola and Peter Young to discuss the devastating effects of Covid-19 on the wedding industry and to hear their concerns about ongoing restrictions on the sector .
Wedding receptions are unique in the hospitality industry in that they are booked and scheduled well in advance of the date in question and require close interaction with the venue. During the pandemic, Nus has spoken to countless Wealden couples who sadly had to postpone their big day, some due to the inability to view venues and make arrangements.
Weddings also create a cascade of local economic activities, from catering to music to taxis, including many small and vulnerable local businesses and the self-employed. The ongoing postponements and cancellations are having a profound impact on the many stunning local venues and the economy of Wealden as a whole.
Nus wrote to the Secretary of Commerce and asked him to open up the sector further. She argued that the industry should be treated in the same way as the housing market and that wedding venues should be able to show couples around regardless of regional restrictions or national barriers.
Nus Ghani said: “Wealden’s wedding venues have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic due to the many cancellations and postponements of booked appointments and the inability to conduct visits throughout national lockdowns.
“We need more measures to help the sector recover and thrive beyond the pandemic. Making the same concessions and treating wedding venues the same as the real estate market would be a welcome boost to the sector and would encourage couples with their big plans plan, give confidence. ” Day when circumstances permit.
“With a vaccine now available, the end of the pandemic is in sight. In the months ahead, hospitality businesses that have survived will be instrumental in restoring a sense of normalcy by providing enjoyable experiences to a nation that has sacrificed so much during the pandemic. We need a long-term strategy to save companies in Wealden and make sure they will thrive for years to come. I hope that the ministers will help ensure just that. “