Are you having to cancel or postpone your wedding or event due to coronavirus?
What do you do about your live wedding band or entertainment?
These are truly uncertain and alarming times during the Coronavirus pandemic. If you are having to cancel or postpone your wedding, amongst other worries, you are wondering what you do with your live wedding band or entertainment. Well, in a nutshell, we strongly advise you try and reschedule your booking with them as soon as you can but if you have to cancel be prepared to still pay some of the remaining fees due to the band and most likely lose any deposits you have already paid. Check the contract you have with your live wedding band and you should know the steps you need to take.
I’m sure like everyone here at Seventh Second, this pandemic has really taken you by surprise and if you are reading this, has come at seemingly the worst time ever for you. Whether you have a wedding, party or corporate function planned, we have put together some useful advice so you know what to do during these unsettling times. All information we offer here is relevant for any live wedding band, live entertainment or suppliers you have booked. Please contact us too if you need more help or assistance in any way.
Cancelling or postponing your wedding band or entertainment
It is generally being advised that any wedding, party or function you are hosting from now up until the end of August should be postponed and rebooked for a later date or if no other options are available, cancelled. Once you have an idea of what you can do with your wedding or event, we suggest you speak to all your suppliers including your live wedding band or entertainment as soon as possible. We strongly recommend you read our guide on postponing your wedding entertainment due to COVID-19 here.
Postponing your wedding or event
Here at Seventh Second, we are working hard with our clients to get their weddings and events booked in for later in the year or for early 2021 and your live act or their representatives should be trying to do the same for you too. Hopefully, this can be arranged for you but if you are feeling confused or unsure about anything, you can contact us obligation-free.
If you can move your wedding or event to another day you shouldn’t incur any fees or penalties either – you won’t with us anyway. So far we have managed to rebook most of our client’s weddings and events for later in the year or 2021 which is brilliant for all involved! Coronavirus will not stop us!
If you have to cancel your wedding or event
We strongly suggest you try and avoid cancelling as you may incur contractual penalty fees but if you feel you have to cancel we suggest reading our post here as it has lots more information about that. Considering the unique situation we’re all experiencing, live bands or their representatives may be able to reduce or waver any fees owed but please do check with them first. Time is of the essence here.
My wedding band or live entertainment has cancelled on me
If you find your live wedding band or entertainment has cancelled on you, click here to find out what steps you can take. As well as many other industries, the music and entertainment industry has been devastated by this outbreak so if your live entertainment has cancelled its most likely through absolute necessity. All musicians are struggling right now with their jobs vanishing overnight so read our article for some guidance and then make sure you talk things through with your band or their representatives.
Terms and Conditions and FAQ’s
If you are struggling to contact your band, entertainment or their representatives and are understandably getting nervous, you can go and have a scan of their T&C and FAQ pages at the very least. You may hopefully find some extra information or emergency contact details there. Musicians and wedding agencies are being inundated with emails and calls right now so it could be worth scanning their website just in case.
We are here to help
Even if you don’t have a booking with us, we are here to help in this truly awful time. We are following the government’s advice, staying open but working remotely. If you are looking for general help or to book, cancel or postpone any event or wedding we are here for you, obligation-free. It’s best we all help each other as much as we can so we can beat this pandemic quickly and get back to normal life!
Stay safe and help others
This has been a unique post that I hope I never have to write again but here at Seventh Second, we are trying to stay positive. We know it’s a troubling time for everyone especially people like you who have weddings or events possibly cancelled or postponed. Did you know that we usually manage to get over 80% of wedding bookings rebooked for another date? Stay positive, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Like many other people in other industries, musicians livelihoods have vanished overnight as our industry, in general, has shut down and many of us are wondering how we are going to make ends meet in the coming weeks and months. I’m sure you would agree that moving your wedding or event to a later date rather than cancelling it will really help everyone involved so we really hope it’s an option for you.
Come and speak to us, weddings and events will continue!
We are still taking bookings for later in the year and 2021 so come and speak to us and book your perfect wedding band, party band or function band. Due to the coronavirus disruption, 2021 will no doubt be an incredibly busy year for weddings and events, so we suggest booking everything for your wedding or event as soon as is plausible to avoid disappointment. To help further we have our guide on corona-proof wedding bands here, have reduced all our prices by 15% for 2020 and 2021 bookings, cancelled any inflation-based price rises for 2021 and will never charge any fees for rescheduled weddings due to COVID-19.
Our post on how far in advance you should book a band might help you to and we also have our dedicated last minute musicians who are going to come in very handy over the coming year.
Right now though, we all need to stay safe and sensible, helping each other as much as we can as there are always people worse off than us and in need of help and assistance during times like these. Let’s all work together (without touching of course!) and beat COVID-19 together.
Here are some useful links from the government regarding coronavirus.
Guidance for households with possible coronavirus
Coronavirus latest information and advice
Stay safe and healthy and we look forward to performing for you in the future!
Jon and the Seventh Second Team.