Extended Media Coverage: #WhatAboutWeddings ‘Just One Day’ August Bank Holiday Campaign

On Bank Holiday Saturday, 29th August, the #WhatAboutWeddings team launched a new campaign to highlight the huge loss of just one day in the wedding calendar.

Saturday 29th August would usually have been the busiest day of the wedding season. But instead:

  • 133,560 people didn’t go to work
  • Because 4,452 weddings didn’t take place in the UK
  • An additional 213,696 workers didn’t provide their services
  • A total of 347,256 workers were impacted because of the above

 

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The total direct spend on weddings annually is £14.7bn (as of August 2020), which means that weddings contribute more to the economy than live sports events and three times that of live arts and cultural events. C.250k people depend on work related to delivering the day itself with an estimated 150k more in support functions – a total of 400k involved in weddings.
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These stats provide an alarming snapshot into the very real and devastating situation the wedding sector has been left to face. And the losses above represent just one single day. The ‘One Lost Day’ campaign set out to highlight all of the above.

We thank the thousands of wedding venues, suppliers and couples whose weddings have been impacted by the pandemic who supported and shared this campaign. We are eternally grateful that it has lead to an uptick in the number of questions being submitted to parliament and general media coverage – some of which we have included below.

Sky TV Coverage, Saturday 29th August

BBC Radio Coverage

The Daily Telegraph

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The Sun Newspaper

Full media link here.