Coronavirus and weddings? Here’s what 2021 could look like?

What will future weddings look like with coronavirus still on the horizon? 

Unfortunately coronavirus will be with us for a while.  It’s been a heartbreaking year for brides and grooms and wedding industry services .  The wedding industry has been one of the hardest hit by the lockdowns.    It was heartbreaking in March/April spending day after day re-sheduling weddings from early to late 2020 and then again to 2021.

What will weddings look like in 2021 and will weddings ever get back to normal?  Well only those who are proficient in crystal ball gazing can answer those questions, but we can look at some of the changes and prepare for the new normal that we are so sick of hearing about.  

The unfortunate reality is that there will be a lot of casualties of Rona.  Many wedding vendors will simply not be around in 2021.  There is never a more important time to be super picky about your vendors and to actually read agreements and contracts from start to finish, paying particular attention to the ‘postponement’ and ‘cancellation’ sections.

Be very wary of vendors who do not have written agreements as it will make it much harder to know where you stand if refunds are required. If vendors are unable to provide an agreement which includes their transparent refund policy, consider drafting one for them so you both know where you stand.

If you do book a wedding for 2021, I would advise that you tentatively book a date with well established, experienced vendors and make sure they have contracts in place for re-scheduling.

With so many 2020 weddings being postponed and prioritised by venues and suppliers for their dates in 2021, it will leave newly-engaged couples struggling for peak weekend dates.

Weekday weddings were already on the rise before all this as couples realised the value for money benefit.  Now with dates already booked in advance and couples having to re-schedule. the weekday wedding may be the only alternative. 

Destination weddings 

Destination weddings will be even more difficult to arrange.  In Australia I doubt that international flights will open up before mid 2021.  Qantas chief Alan Joyce predicted recently that international air travel wouldn’t resume until mid-2021 due to the impact of COVID-19.  The situation with State borders could remain fluid for another 12 months at least.  State borders could open and close depending on the various waves of the virus.  Keep in mind that even if the borders open there may still be a two week quarantine on the books.   This makes it almost impossible to plan interstate weddings or honeymoons.  

Is it better to rebook my wedding for 2022 to be safe?

“It’s a really personal decision since, for many, waiting another two years to tie the knot is just too far off. But for those in no rush, it’s worth considering. Pushing it all back to 2022 will open up more availability for your suppliers, your guests, and you get to spend all of 2021 chilling, because you’ll be the most prepared couple ever.”

My advice to current couples would be to look at booking your wedding in 2022.  Until we have a vaccine and until travel opens up again, the reality is life as we knew it is over.  Let’s face it, we really don’t know how many of these waves of the virus there will be.  I already have several brides who have booked and re booked three times.  

Big weddings might be a thing of the past – and you can forget the dance-floor

How can I cut down my wedding guest list? If ruthlessly cutting the guestlist is a daunting prospect, stick to some cut and dry rules. Parents and siblings only, no plus ones, no kids. It will make it much easier to explain to those who didn’t make the cut. In terms of letting people know, you can relax in knowing that people will be much more forgiving given the circumstances and most guests might assume this might happen anyway and be prepared to receive your un-invite. Just let people know it wasn’t an easy decision but that you 100% plan to celebrate more widely when you can. 

WHAT WEDDINGS WILL LOOK LIKE in 2021

  • We may still have to wear masks
  • Hand-sanitiser is here to stay
  • Dancing will be a long way off with the social distancing restrictions.  

For many couples, this crisis has shifted their priorities and the focus is now more on an intimate gathering with their nearest and dearest, and it will be hard to get over the mental hurdle of being around big groups.

On the positive side, let’s be honest… I am sure there are many couples who quietly relish the opportunity to get married and not feel obliged to invite their entire extended family! While weddings won’t quite be the same without all those drunk uncles on the dance-floor, they will be a lot cheaper!

Smaller weddings were trending in the last few years anyway, as couples started to actively choose to reduce their numbers  way down in order to invest more in each person.

Finances will also play a big role in this. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that in most cases, reducing your numbers reduces your spend. So if couples have been hit particularly hard by this crisis but still just want to get married,  smaller weddings and or zoom weddings will be the option that they choose.

One solution:

ELOPE NOW. CELEBRATE LATER 

My son and daughter in law actually did this in 2019.  We had a group of 16 for the wedding/lunch celebration and they will have a big party further down the track. 

I’ve had a few couples prefer that I marry them in front of friends and family, and then they are opting to have their reception once all of corona is done and dusted. It’s a flexible and fail-proof selection.

COVID19 July update

What do changes to restrictions mean in your state?

As most of Australia is opening up at a rapid pace right now, it’s important to be mindful of what the current status of weddings is in your state. We anticipate that wedding activity will return to relatively normal levels once each state gets to 100 or more guests allowed.

At this stage, all but two states have returned to semi-normal levels of guest numbers. So, wedding planning and ceremonies should begin to happen quickly, and without health concerns, in most of Australia.

  • NSW: Uncapped numbers able to attend weddings at venues or outdoors as long as social distancing of 1 person per 4 sqm is taken into account. Church weddings are currently limited to a maximum of 20.
  • Victoria: Weddings at home, 5 guests max on top of the members of the household. If at a venue, up to 20 may attend (plus the celebrant and the couple). 
  • South Australia: Uncapped number of guests as long as social distancing of 1 person per 4 sqm is taken into account.
  • Queensland: A max of 20 guests as well as the couple and celebrant are currently allowed.
  • Northern Territory: Uncapped number of guests as long as social distancing of 1 person per 4 sqm is taken into account.
  • Western Australia: Uncapped number of guests as long as social distancing of 1 person per 2 sqm is taken into account.
  • Tasmania: Max of 500 people outdoors and 250 indoors with social distancing of 1 person per 2 sqm is taken into account.

Latest News Update on COVID 19 for Weddings

Earlier this month, the Federal Government announced a 3-step plan to bring Australia’s economy out of coronavirus. The plan shows the gradual lifting of safety measures and allows for larger gatherings when it comes to weddings. 

The three different stages are as follows:

  • Stage 1: Weddings can go ahead with up to 10 people, in addition to the couple and their celebrant
  • Stage 2: Weddings can go ahead with up to 20 people, in addition to the couple and their celebrant
  • Stage 3: Weddings can go ahead with up to 100 people, including the couple and their celebrant

These first two steps don’t mean too much to weddings going back to normal, as they still heavily restrict the number of people who can gather. It’s the third step that is really our first look at weddings going back to ‘normal’. Each of these steps still has safety measures in place, including collecting the contact information for all attendees and allowing an average four square metres per person. We know that this physical distancing rule means that some venues won’t be able to host the full 100 people allowed in the third step. But we also know that these won’t be the last steps in lifting the restrictions put in place by COVID-19. 

I wish I could tell you when weddings as we once knew them will be going back to normal. But unfortunately, it’s too early to tell what this 3-step plan will mean. We won’t know for a few weeks what the initial lifting of restrictions means for cases of COVID in Australia and what restrictions will continue to be lifted, or what will be put back in place. 

What I do know is that people continue to get married and are using creative and innovative ways to do so.

We are creating our own normal.

Photo Cred: Rick Liston

A Magical Modern Wedding In Australia

It was such a great delight to be the celebrant at this amazing wedding.  Natasha and Simon were a delight to work with from start to finish.  This article was posted in UK Brides Magazine Brides Magazine the no.1 wedding mag in the UK.  Very exciting.

Profile Photo by RICK LISTON

A Magical Modern Wedding In Australia

This couple’s wedding venue, Projekt 3488 in the Yarra Valley, Australia, was rustic yet modern, industrial-looking yet elegant and even included a seriously zen garden that would take anyone’s breath away.

 

Natasha Edward-Johnson, 27, married Simon Cox, 27, at Projekt 3488 in the Yarra Valley, Australia, on 21st April, 2018. She says:

When we walked through the doors of Projekt 3488, we looked at each other like: this is our wedding venue. We weren’t actually doing a site visit, but were there for another event. By that stage, we’d seen over 15 other venues, none of which felt right. The tranquil gardens, complete with water pools and an abundance of plants, took our breath away. The building itself, a recently restored Masonic Hall built in the 1920s, is exquisitely designed. Its décor allows the building to shine with all of its original charm. We were looking for something a little different and wanted both indoor and outdoor space, and this was it.

Mark Fenech, the designer-owner behind Projekt, has such an eye for style and detail that we really didn’t have to do much in the way of decorating. It was already there! However, our amazing florist, Holly from Anouk Flowers, created gorgeous arrangements using our colour palette of dark blue, deep red and dusty green. Thistle-like seaholly, eucalyptus, touches of tea tree and Casa Blanca David Austin roses were just some of the magical species she included. The romantic floral arbor she made, beneath which we married, blended seamlessly with the rest of the garden.

I found my wedding dress on a spontaneous shopping trip with my maid of honour, Vanessa. My previous attempt to find one had left me deflated, with the feeling that I’d never find something that was both my style and affordable. But Fairytales Bridal in Nunawading was having a sale, so we thought it couldn’t hurt to have a look! I initially saw my dress’ bold boho-style lace and was intrigued, but it was hidden on the rail behind another gown. I asked the shop assistant to pull it out and tried it on. It was by Jessica Couturesand fit me like a glove. Everything I had been looking for.

Though I loved the dress, my favourite detail on the day was my veil. It is just so meaningful to me. My friend and colleague Lauren helped choose the materials and then spent hours sewing it all together using invisible thread. It was more beautiful than I could have imagined and also added a longer train to my outfit – something my dress didn’t have on its own.

Photography by Rick Liston

Top 10 Female Celebrant

Hooray,  tonight I attended the Brides Choice Industry awards.

Two months ago I was notified that I was a finalist.  Tonight I found out that I was one of 10 top female celebrants chosen by bridal couples who have been married in the last 12 months.  Brides Choice Awards is dedicated to recognising, supporting and rewarding Wedding Businesses that operate in  Australia. They can be Nano Businesses, Micro Businesses, Small Businesses or even Major Corporate.

Brides Choice Awards is a supportive industry network platform, facilitating connectivity, support and importantly, recognising Excellence in Business practice through Brides Choice Awards for Excellence’ Annual Awards.

So excited to think that my couples are happy enough to go to the trouble to vote.  Thank you to all my couples.  I fall in love with all of them and absolutely love my job.

 

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Have Your Special Bouquet Painted

A big Shout Out to Liz Currie who specialises in painting bouquets.

Hi I am Liz from Elizabeth Currie Art
I have a passion for painting large floral acrylic on canvas paintings, especially gorgeous bridal bouquets and awesome floral arrangements.
I have teamed up with the amazingly talented florists from Yarra Street Blooms in Warrandyte, to create an opportunity for you to have your precious bouquet or arrangement created by them, and painted by me.
Various sizes and price points available.
Usual Website prices are:
Square
Large 40” x 40” (101.6cm) – $500.00
Medium 30’“ x 30” (76.2cm) – $380.00
Small 20”x 20” (50.8cm) – $250.00
Rectangular
600cm x 900cm -$425.00
As a Yarra Street Blooms customers you will receive a 15% discount across the range
Custom sizes are also available and will be quoted according to size.
I use a photo reference to paint from, this can be taken for you by Yarra St Blooms, or, ask your event photographer.  Please email me the photo you would like me to use as a guide.
I ask for a 30% deposit and will endeavour to have the painting completed in 2-4 weeks.
Free Hand Delivery in Melbourne Metro and outer suburbs included.
Below is an example of a Yarra Street Blooms – Elizabeth Currie Art collaboration
Yarra Street Blooms:  98440066  Yarrastreetblooms.com
I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind Regards
Liz
M: 0413106077
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TheVows

The vows…… one of the parts of the wedding where even the strongest hearts grow faint.  Its really not that hard.  I love helping couples write unique and heartfelt vows.

Here are 10 really original Wedding Vows

By Lucy from Easy Weddings.

Here are some of our favourite vows we’ve ever heard to give you some inspo for when it’s your time to write your vows to your spouse. It can be a tricky little endeavour to write your vows, but it’s worth it when you get up there at the ceremony and spill your heart out to your love. Here are some of the best wedding vows we’ve ever heard:

Succinct but eloquent:

“You were my reason back then, my reason now, my reason every day. You strengthen my weaknesses, bring focus to my dreams. Here and now I pledge my life to yours, that your dreams become my dreams. No matter where life leads me, I know that as long as you are there, that is where I am meant to be.” – iammisanthrope

Preston Burke to Cristina Yang:

“Cristina, I could promise to hold you and to cherish you. I could promise to be in sickness and in health. I could say, til death do us part. But I won’t. Those vows are for optimistic couples, the ones full of hope. And I do not stand here, on my wedding day, optimistic or full of hope. I am not optimistic, I am not hopeful, I am sure. I am steady. And I know that I am a heart man. I take them apart and I put them back together and I hold them in my hands. I am a heart man. So this I am sure, you are my partner, my lover, my very best friend, my heart, my heart beats for you. And on this day, the day of our wedding, I promise you this: I promise you to lay my heart in the palm of your hands, I promise you… me”. -Grey’s Anatomy

A twist on the classic:

[Other person’s name], I love you./ You have brought such joy to my life./ Thank you for loving me as I am/ and taking me into your heart./ I promise to walk by your side forever/ and to love, help, and encourage you/ in all that you do./ I will take the time to talk to you/ to listen to you/ and to care for you./ Through all the changes of our lives,/ I will be there for you always/ as strength in need,/ a comfort in sorrow,/ a counselor in difficulty,/ and a companion in joy./ Everything I am and everything I have is yours/ now and forevermore./ This is my promise to you.

I give you this ring. / Wear it with love and joy. / As this ring has no end, / neither shall my love for you. / I choose you to be my (wife/husband) / this day and forevermore. -oerath


From Sacred Ceremony Book:

“_______, today we begin our lives together. I promise before our families and our friends to be your faithful (husband/wife). I choose to live with you, as your lover, companion and friend, loving you when life is peaceful, and when it is painful, during our successes, and during our failures, supported by your strengths, and accepting your weaknesses. I will honor your goals and dreams, trying always, to encourage your fulfillment. I will strive to be honest, and open with you, sharing my thoughts, and my life with you. I promise to love and cherish you from this day forward.”

An Authors stance:

“I wish I could stand up here and promise you the world, but the world isn’t mine to give. What I do promise is my world, and all it entails. My love, support, passion, compassion, and enthusiasm.

I wish I could promise smooth sailing, but the winds aren’t mine to control. What I do promise is a ship built to carry you to safely, and sails to weather any storm.

I wish I could promise you forever, but someone infinitely great than I already has. What I do promise is every second of this time sliver of eternity I’ve been blessed with.

I wish I could promise you riches, but every vault has it’s end. What I do promise you is a life of abundance—And abundance of love and support, of strength and vulnerability, of sharing and drive, of passion, and of adventure.

I wish I could promise to always be as roguishly handsome as I am today, but, well … On second thought, have you seen my dad? Maybe that’s a promise I can keep.

I can’t even promise I’ll never hurt you, because even the best of intentions sometimes fall short. What I do promise is to always reach for you over my pride; to hold you, to heal you, and to seek forgiveness.” – Connor Jame Drake

Nothing short of love:

“The heart of every true romantic buff
Is driven by the one sustaining need
To find a deep and everlasting love
—And luckily I’ve found my one indeed

Although we sometimes can’t see eye to eye
I’m still amazed just how alike we are
Most differences are merely by the by
When on ahead we see our future far

So now I swear for all the years to come
Especially when youth has run its due
Unlike the bright but short-lived sparks of some
Our timeless love will long be shining through

For all the reasons I’ve described above
I promise we’ll have nothing short of love” – Chris Jester-Young

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Brides, It’s Time to Ditch the Flower Crown For These Trendier Pieces in 2018

This article was published in Pop Sugar 

Brides planning to tie the knot in 2018, we talked to Farmgirl Flowers founder Christina Stembel about what’s in and what’s out in terms of wedding flowers next year. The ethical florists in San Francisco do on average around 20 weddings per week, making them an authority in the wedding floral space. It also means they see their fair share of trends come, go, and stay a little too long.

One in particular that Christina is ready to be over: “I’m really sick of flower crowns,” she told POPSUGAR, laughing. “Flower crowns have been around for several years now, and I think people are really looking for the next thing.” So what is the next thing? Christina said to expect flower jewellery, bolder colours, and bigger elements in 2018.

Flower Jewellery

Christina shared that a couple of designers have recently brought this trend to the forefront, and it has been catching people’s eye. Variations of the flower crown in the form of a tiara, bracelet, and statement necklace are on the rise.

“We even did a class for DIY for brides, and it was really well-received, and so now we’re starting to see people shift,” she said. “Instead of asking for flower crowns, they’re asking for more like tiara-style flowers. They’re not flower crowns; they’re made differently.”

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