Coronavirus fears and subsequent quarantines in Australia and worldwide have cancelled a lot of holidays and plans for 2020. Weddings are a milestone in life, so committing your love to your spouse-to-be shouldn’t be put off in good times or bad.
If compared to 2018, where over 30,000 marriages were registered in Victoria, 2020 and fears of coronavirus have yet to have a significant impact on marriages, with 7,385 marriages registered from January to March (Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria). It seems that even during a pandemic, loved ones are continuing to tie the knot in Victoria.
Naturally, the virus doesn’t care about your life event and can be a cause for concern for all guests and the venue coordinator, so thorough planning for social distancing and hygiene should be considered for 2020 and going forward. Below are six tips for brides planning a wedding during the lockdown.
Follow New Guidelines as They Emerge
Whether in your personal life or for business purposes, adherence to new rules and guidelines apply to everyone. Births, Deaths, and Marriages Victoria have up-to-date information on restrictions put in place for marriage ceremonies planned in Victoria for 2020 and the foreseeable future.
Plan For the Best, Prepare For the Worst
Easier said than done, but for reference, 65% of respondents in a recent UK survey (where the coronavirus has had a far more profound impact than in Australia) felt that their wedding plans were unlikely or not likely to come to fruition. There are probably thousands of couples feeling that they won’t be able to get married as planned, which is reasonable, but this doesn’t mean that they can’t get married altogether.
Consider Alternative Venues
Large venues such as banquet halls suitable for wedding receptions and festivities are (were?) good value for large gatherings. With large gatherings out of the question, consider planning your reception somewhere smaller and cosier, yet still adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Postpone the Honeymoon
With international travel out of the question for the foreseeable future, your options are rather limited when it comes to a romantic getaway with your new spouse. Forget Bali, America, or anywhere else you may have had in mind and instead consider postponing. You could consider a staycation here in Australia, but with restrictions due to COVID, it’s probably best to wait it out and enjoy it as restrictions begin to ease.
Scale Back Entertainment
From July 2020 on, weddings can be held and registered in Victoria. This doesn’t mean they’ll look the same, however. With far tighter restrictions on the number of guests (read: fewer guests and awkward seating arrangements due to social distancing), many afternoon and evening festivities will need to be scaled back or cut out completely.
Instead of retaining a DJ, for example, bring your own music for the special dance.
Try on Wedding Gowns Well in Advance
Whether traditional or more contemporary in nature, every bride should be wearing a beautiful, bespoke wedding gown for that most special day. Business restrictions due to coronavirus may make things more difficult for you in terms of trying on gowns and choosing the best gown, so plan this step well in advance!
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