Next week sees a key parliamentary debate on the proposed tiering system and we need to maximise any opportunities that come out of the pressure that MPs are putting on the guidelines – given that, once again, the wedding sector has not been granted parity with the wider events sector.
We kindly ask that you use the template below, together with the briefing note (download in PDF format here) to reach out to your MP. This debate is on Tuesday 1st December and so ideally, we need it in as many MPs’ consciousness by lunchtime on Monday 30th November, when those who have been given the chance to speak and ask questions in the debate are finalising what to say.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Email your MP: there is a template below and please also attach the briefing document.
Tweet your MP: use our ‘PARITY’ tile (click the image below to open up into a new window, or right click to download) to tag your MP (and others on Twitter) highlighting the lack of parity in the proposed guidelines. Please include the #whataboutweddings hashtag and we can retweet and share widely. You can follow the WhatAboutWeddings team on Twitter here to see how we are doing this.
Get on Instagram: use our Insta-ready ‘PARITY’ (click the image below to open up into a new window, or right click to download) tile to tell you story on Instagram and ask for parity for the wedding sector. Take points from the briefing document or even use the template email below. Don’t forget to tag your MP and again, please use the #whataboutweddings hashtag.
Annabel, Jessie and Tamryn
(Along with our friends at ABWB, AWAUK, WVSG and NAWP)
MP LETTER TEMPLATE
(Find out who your local MP is here)
I am writing to you in advance of the debate on Tuesday 1st December on the Tiering system and asking for your support as we enter a critical period for the wedding sector now facing a deepening existential crisis.
Please could I ask you to take a few minutes of your time to read the attached briefing note that has been developed by the key associations in the sector and is fully supported by the What About Weddings campaign and the weddings taskforce.
[ADD: Background to your business or your communications to date through lockdown as felt appropriate]
We as a sector are simply seeking parity for weddings. We have been forgotten and excluded from support whilst the remainder of the hospitality sector receives ongoing focus. The new Tier guidelines released counter the words of both the Prime Minister and Chancellor over the past month. They also ignored all the representations made from across all parties at the debate on wedding capacities on the 9th November. Even in Tier 1 the wedding sector remains effectively shut whilst all other equivalent environments can operate to much more viable guidelines that allows businesses to have a chance of survival.
Unless parity is given in these new tiers, there is no hope for couples still seeking to go ahead with their wedding through to the end of March. However that also means our peak quarter 2 business will be postponed and cancelled before we get there. Given the lack of sector specific support it is unlikely most of the businesses will get to see the resumption of weddings.
Please reach out to your colleagues across the House to ensure that weddings are given appropriate focus in the coming days and this £10 billion pound sector employing 400,000 people is supported in some way.