We asked our readers how COVID had impacted their wedding planning timeline... and the results are in! And they just go to show that you can't put a dampener on love...
Well, 2020 hasn't been the year that we all expected despite being on our lucky little island, and grateful for the freedoms we've been able to enjoy compared to our interstate friends. However, COVID has still thrown a spanner in the works for many couples planning their big day. We heard exactly where our readers are at, and what might have to change before we see our normal wedding season take off again.
We just want to dance
Our readers were hanging out for restrictions to lift so that they COULD DANCE! Goes to show it's the little happy things that we take for granted, right? Well, don't worry because the industry has heard you. Head over here to sign a petition to get dancing started again! And lets cross fingers it's not too long before we can all boogie together again.
Interstate Friends & Family
For couples with friends and family interstate or overseas, holding off wedding plans was instantly a reality. One reader commented "We have family in Perth WA, we would love them to come! The unknown is a bit scary, and not knowing exactly what our wedding will look like. But we are doing our best to just go ahead with all the planning and hope for the best!"
A Home Affair
Something our couples are really struggling with is the current restriction of 20 people at a private home. Even though commercial venues and business operators can have up to 250 indoors for a gathering and up to 1000 outdoors, the 20 person limit still applies for gatherings at a private property. Given so many of our weddings in the state happen on private land, this is a big unknown for many of you, and was a major factor in those of you who had postponed.
Full Planning Mode!
Readers have had varying experiences when it comes to changing plans. Many have had to change menus, and restrict food and drinks- or go from a cocktail party to a seated affair instead to abide by guidelines and regulations. Some readers have had venues cancel, while others have been grateful for their venues support in postponing and making their plans still fit despite the level of uncertainty. With all of these changes, couples are quite conscious of not breaking the bank.
Despite many having to push out their wedding date, most of you are still in wedding planning mode! We were thrilled to hear that whilst you have been disappointed to see your original plans go down the drain, you remain optimistic and are still trying to make your special big day happen, working around the restrictions in place and finding new or alternative wedding vendors.
Everyone said that making their guests felt safe was one of the most important factors for them. And ultimately until there is less uncertainty around this pandemic we might be in this situation for a while. So lets be grateful for our health, and keep on smiling. We'll all get to party together again one day <3
If you want to find out more about the current restrictions in Tasmania then head over to https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/families-community/current-restrictions