Coronavirus: NHS discounts and acts of kindness in the wedding industry
It’s heartening to know that in times of stress and crisis, everyone pulls together to help one another out – and the wedding industry is no different.
Despite being impacted considerably by Covid-19, many wedding businesses are offering discounts and special offers to those whose weddings have been postponed, as well as to engaged NHS workers as a token of gratitude for the amazing work they’re doing.
Here are just some of the acts of kindness we’ve seen from the wedding industry.
Have you had to postpone your wedding, but you’d like to mark your original wedding date with an unofficial ceremony?
Humanist celebrants Celebrate People are offering to help couples organise a non-legal ceremony free of charge.
The Fitzsimmons Group
Some couples are struggling to rebook their original venue due to it being in high demand next year, and may lose their deposit if they aren’t covered by insurance.
If you fall into that camp, the Fitzsimmons Group – which comprises The Riverside Lodge in Irvine, The Brisbane House Hotel in Largs and The Fenwick Hotel (pictured below) – will cover the cost of your lost deposit when you book one of their venues for your big day.
Six Stories Bridal
Six Stories Bridal, which sells flower girl dresses, flower crowns, tees, hoodies and a host of other goodies, is offering a free ‘Bridey’ or ‘Infinity’ tee to any bride who has had their wedding cancelled or postponed due to Coronavirus.
Simply DM the company on Instagram with details of how Coronavirus has affected your wedding, and you’ll be sent a discount code.
Joyce Young Design Studios
Scottish bridal and occasionwear designer Joyce Young is offering a 10% discount to NHS staff across all collections, including made-to-measure outfits (which normally aren’t subject to discounts!).
This will apply to new orders placed after the designer’s return, and will run until December 2020.
Manorview Hotels & Leisure Group
Though Manorview has suspended trading to the public, it has made the rooms in each of its hotels (Bowfield Hotel & Country Club, Torrance Hotel (pictured below), Lynnhurst Hotel and Busby Hotel) available free of charge to all NHS workers.
Chi Chi London
A popular choice for bridesmaid and wedding guest dresses, Chi Chi London is offering £20 credit to NHS workers and other key workers.
To get this credit, which is available until 31st May, DM Chi Chi London on Instagram with a selfie of you in your uniform or a selfie with your ID card.
Keely bridesmaid dress (£70) Chi Chi London
Wedding dress designer Pronovias has curated a Heroes Collection of wedding dresses which will be free for all hospital-employed brides-to-be who have assisted during the Covid-19 crisis.
It will be available exclusively in select flagship stores until 31st August this year (the only flagship store in the UK is in London, so you’ll have to wait until lockdown is lifted).
Freya Rose London
All NHS workers who were or are due to get married this year can get a free pair of freshwater pearl earrings from shoe and accessory designer Freya Rose London.
The designer is also offering a generous 30% discount on its online store to all NHS staff. For your free earrings and discount code, email the designer.
‘Micola Rosa’ shoes (£395) Freya Rose London
Bridal and bridesmaid dress designer Halfpenny London is providing a 25% discount to NHS workers who are currently planning their wedding or have had to postpone their wedding.
All you have to do is show your Blue Light Card in the shop to receive a discount on any full-price wedding look.
The designer is also offering virtual appointments and phone consultations.
You can log in to your Blue Light Card account for the discount code.
‘Rita’ ivory satin and shimmer court shoes (£95) Rainbow Club
Mirka Bridal Couture
Bridal designer Mirka Jankowska and her daughter Maja of Mirka Bridal Couture have set up For The Love of Scrubs, an initiative created to ensure that NHS staff have the uniforms they need during this difficult time.
They’ve co-ordinated a group of seamstresses from around the country to sew scrubs for a number of hospitals, and have set up an online fundraiser to pay for the fabric.
Read more on this story from The Courier.
Freja Designer Dressmaking
Wedding dress designer Mette Baillie has been sewing face masks from beautiful fabrics and selling them on her website.
Way prettier than the usual plain white masks, it’ll bring a bit of cheer to you (and others!) when out on your daily walk.
Floral print face mask (£6) Freja Designer Dressmaking
Scottish Wedding magazine
At Scottish Wedding, we’ve made our latest issue free to read online!
Packed full of real weddings, inspiration and ideas, there’s plenty to keep you occupied during lockdown. Read your free issue here.