IPPVA Covid 19 Press ReleaseMarch 24th, 2020

The Irish Professional Photographers and Videographers Association (IPPVA) has today issued a statement expressing concern for the safety and welfare of its members and wedding couples at wedding ceremonies and receptions taking place during the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak in Ireland. There are two threats to us today as photographers and videographers. The coronavirus and the economic fall out to follow.

The IPPVA believe that in the interest of its members and their families, public health, the health of the photography and videography communities, the wider wedding supplier community and venue staff that the feasibility of holding weddings should be reviewed as a matter of priority and concern.

While the crisis is imposing severe financial difficulties on wedding suppliers across the board, the current guidelines still permit weddings of 100 people or less to proceed, with many wedding suppliers being forced to balance obligations to their clients against the health of themselves or their loved ones, we feel this is not fair and nobody should be faced with such a difficult choice.

Postponing a wedding is a stressful decision for any couple to have to make, and while many have admirably made that decision in the public interest, some venues are continuing to expect couples to honour their bookings or face a significant financial loss. Other couples are choosing to opt for smaller celebrations in private venues, but still with significant numbers of guests.

Social distancing may theoretically be possible for wedding guests, but it is impossible for photographers, videographers, make-up artists, hair dressers, waiting staff and many other suppliers. No wedding supplier should have to choose between their health and their job at this time.

In its 71 year existence the members of the IPPVA have never been faced with such difficult circumstances. The association calls on the government to do all it can to help small businesses across all sectors to survive and recover from this unprecedented crisis. The IPPVA also appeals to the insurance industry to deal fairly and promptly with businesses who have business interruption cover and, indeed, couples who have wedding insurance.

Kevin Kheffache
IPPVA President
For and on behalf of the IPPVA Council