A little update from us
Hey guys, Firstly, happy new year to everyone and we hope you had a great Christmas. Sorry it’s been a little bit quiet over here at Pedal Tones HQ. Being a bunch of musicians who love to perform, (and whose income was solely relying on live performances) the coronavirus situation and lockdown hit us pretty hard, as we’re sure it hit many of you too. We really feel for everyone who has had to postpone their big day, as we understand how much time, planning and care goes into weddings, and how stressful it can be moving everything around, especially when new restrictions come in at the last minute! We’re trying our best to make it as easy as possible to get plans in place for your wedding. Some of you have already been in touch regarding moving dates or having a backup plan in case restrictions regarding weddings continue into later in the year. Please don’t hesitate to talk to us at any point if you have a backup date in mind or are thinking about postponing to a later date either this year or even next year and beyond! In order to accommodate certain date changes, we can also offer alternative band members to cover your booking. This means that if in the unfortunate event that a date you have in mind clashes with another one of our bookings due to a re-arrangement from last year, or one of us is unable to perform for you, we can still play for you. We will of course discuss this with you beforehand but we want to make sure as much as possible that no-one misses out on a booking! However, please get in touch as soon as possible to avoid disappointment- being a small band and business we can only offer this on certain dates!
With all the uncertainty we also understand that some of you may not have an immediate backup plan or date change in mind, and for this we’re more than happy for you to get in touch later on. We’ve found a few people have gone ahead with a small wedding or ceremony and are then postponing their full wedding celebrations to a later date in a year or two when we can bring the full party, such as Elinor and Tod's wedding which we provided the recorded music for - full blog post here. That being said, we’re also happy to play at smaller weddings and ceremonies too. We’ve had some people who would like to go ahead with their plans even with more limited numbers and this is something we’re more than happy to do- we’ll still rock the party as if we were playing wembley stadium! And the good news is that we won’t eat up any of your guest numbers- the government clarified that wedding suppliers do not count towards the number of people allowed at your wedding (obviously this is for the tiered system once we've moved out of the nation. More information is available at the end of this blog.
For COVID secure weddings we can provide a full risk assessment and we will do everything we can to ensure we can perform in a safe manner. Being a small band it’s quite easy for us to spread out to maintain social distancing and we can also provide options such as using an electric drum kit in order to make sure noise levels are appropriate too. We’ll also work with your venue to make sure that they’re happy with everything as well. For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us. Below are also some links to some information that might be useful: UK Weddings task force: https://ukweddings.org/ Established by industry professionals and sector associations, the Taskforce aims to support the recovery of wedding businesses as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. This useful to see how the wedding industry is talking to the government to allow weddings to return to normal as soon as possible (mostly information for wedding businesses but also useful for couples too!) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships/covid-19-guidance-for-wedding-and-civil-partnership-receptions-and-celebrations
Information on the government website about weddings and civil partnerships currently.
An excellent resource for podcasts and more information. Stay safe everyone! Tom, Tony and Jon