Planning a Sunshine Coast wedding used to be an adventure that most brides would have enjoyed. But today with the risk of snap border closures, ever changing limits on numbers and uncertainty over restrictions, planning your wedding is now a bit of a nightmare.
It is impossible to know when your overseas family and guests will be able to fly to Australia and it is like a game of roulette even for interstate guests as our leaders impose borders closures with only hours notice. So what are the options?
An obvious choice is to postpone the wedding until Covid is under control – which could be a couple of years from now (hopefully). This would also depend on how soon you would like to get married.
A popular option is to scale back the wedding to just close family and friends who are readily available to attend. Many couples who have done this will have a Celebration of Marriage party at some time in the future. Some have even planned to have another ceremony in the future (minus the legals of course). For the main ceremony, you can use Zoom or Skype to ensure those who are unable to attend physically can still share in the day.
Another option is to elope! When all the stress of trying to organise the wedding gets to you or simply to get married on a preferred date in a location of your choice, you can come to the Sunshine Coast or Noosa area and be married. This is a no stress option! Simply contact your celebrant a minimum of a month prior and complete the necessary paperwork – then turn up on the day and be married! We can even supply witnesses if you don’t wish to bring anyone along.
In fact, I have noticed a substantial increase in couples moving away from large, expensive wedding ceremonies and seeking a Registry style marriage ceremony or a more relaxed intimate wedding ceremony.
This has been due to a number of factors, but cost, Covid and stress in planning a large wedding seem to be the main reasons.
Finally, you can take your chances and plan your large wedding and take the risk. Fortunately, most wedding providers are very understanding if you do need to change your date due to Covid and will happily postpone to a new date. However the biggest risk is the snap shut down and border closures. If that happens it would be a disaster for all concerned.
If you have any questions about a Sunshine Coast wedding, please contact me and we can chat about some of the options in more detail.