Wedding filming in the time of Covid.
(With apologies to Gabriel Garcia Marquez).
I thought long and hard about getting back to filming weddings in summer 2021. On the one hand I had couples who had booked me in 2020 originally and then changed dates, some of them on their third arranged date wanting me to film them.
On the other hand I had family members in a very vulnerable position medically.
I decided that the best course of action was to abandon offering any magic during the wedding breakfast and to focus solely on filming. So for Nikki and Chris's wedding that is what I did. I didn't offer to do table magic during the ceremony. Nikki had particularly asked me to do magic as I think she had a recommendation from a previous wedding I had performed at but understood my reasoning, particularly when I explained about my family's vulnerability.
My reasoning was that I very rarely get close to anyone when filming them whereas when doing magic I’m always close up to people and passing cards, coins and other items between people.
The other difference is that when filming I can wear a mask. No-one comments on it, in fact I think people expect it. Often there is myself, the photographer and the staff of the venue wearing masks indoors so I fit in to what people expect and no-one comments on it.
I think that the safest strategy is for me to continue to wear a mask when filming indoors. I will take it off outdoors where the risk is significantly reduced. I use a 3 layer Cambridge mask with a filter which gives me some significant protection (and my family members), as well as protecting your guests of course in case I have it unknowingly.
As of November 2021 I am triple vaccinated and I will keep up with the relevant lateral flow tests for any future weddings.
I have bookings already for 2022 and several enquiries in the last month.
01-01-2022 it’s New Year’s Day and Omicron is running rampant throughout the world. Our leaders seem to be missing in action as if they have lost their way. They seem to have dumped the responsibility for our continued health solely on us but a lot of people seem to be undecided whether to shield or to carry on partying. Most people I speak to seem to be oblivious to the fact that their booster jab is only effective for 10 weeks. Hospital admissions doubled in the last week and nurses are reported as keeping the doors open by working 12 hour shifts. So where do we go from here? The ideal scenario of vaccinating the world seems to be no further forward.
Omicron in the UK is up to 180,000 new cases a day and 1 in 15 people in England are estimated to have Covid. Before Christmas 3 out of 5 band members of the band I play in caught the virus at a gig they were doing (my wife and I declined to play) and they are just recovering from the initial symptoms and starting to test negative again though at least one of them has had a horrendous Christmas. We’re on our last box of lateral flow tests and cannot find any more either online or in the local pharmacy.
The policy now seems to be ‘let it rip’ and take us through to herd immunity. That means the hospitals are in for a really dreadful time and they are already struggling with years of under staffing and now they have staff off sick with the virus.
I took a booking yesterday for June for someone who’s already moved their wedding because of Covid. Let’s hope she’s picked a good time to get married.