With travel bans and social distancing measures, the rules and regulations are changing daily, but keep calm and carry on, because there are still things you can do to save your big day.
Not sure whether to cancel, postpone or host a micro-wedding? Don’t be disheartened because it’s happening to everyone. Emma Stone and Dave McCary, Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, James Middleton and Alizee Thevenet, JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rogers are among the celebrity couples who have had the same dilemma.
What Happens if Your Wedding Date is Between April and August 2020?
NEW GATHERING RESTRICTIONS
You can still tie the knot! The current recommendation by the Australian government is to limit all the non-essential gatherings to 5 people. This means you are allowed to have the celebrant and two witnesses present at your wedding. Plus there is a 4 square metre rule and other social distancing measures that are going to be closely monitored. We know, you’ve spent months or even years dreaming about your big day, and suddenly it is a non-essential event, which means you are not allowed to celebrate with your loved ones. But there is nothing wrong with a (very) private party for two at home with the best bottle of bubbly and a cake delivered to your doorstep. Unless you have paid for a grand celebration, of course! In that case, you can postpone your event. Since everyone in the wedding industry has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, we are sure your vendors will offer flexible dates, payment delays and will work with you to make adjustments to your original plans.
STAY INFORMED BUT FILTER YOUR NEWS FEED
As the new information about COVID-19 keeps flooding in every minute and rules keep changing daily, it is essential to keep yourself updated. But do try to be expert in filtering news coming your way. Many of the updates are just feeding the mass hysteria and can only make you feel disempowered. Avoid the hype sources such as The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and news.com, while checking only the relevant governmental sources including the official website of the Prime Minister of Australia, and Australian Government Department of Health. Additionally, you can rely on news sources such as ABC News and Guardian Australia.
HOW LONG WILL THE BAN LAST?
October 2020 and Beyond…
There is no definite answer, and we know how upsetting that is for many brides and grooms out there! But so far we know the ban may be lifted in October. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that current social distancing measures and event restrictions may last for six months. This means that weddings scheduled for the second half of the year may still be on. Wedding experts recommend holding your current dates for now, but if things change as the date gets closer, considering a mid-week wedding and start making a plan B for a micro-wedding (in the event that bans remain in place). Sadly, nobody can assure us social gatherings will be allowed even in six months from now, but keep up with the news and try to make your plans as flexible as possible.
REVIEW YOUR WEDDING INSURANCE
Have you purchased your wedding insurance? If you decided to go that extra mile to ensure your big day, you’d want to review your policy and contact your agent. Unfortunately, many couples have confirmed that cancellations due to COVID-19 aren’t covered by their insurance policies. But every plan is different, and even if your insurance doesn’t cover coronavirus entirely, it might be covering your expenses partially.