The COVID19 outbreak has had a major impact on many activity sectors, from the way we shop for groceries to cancelling events hosting a large number of people. There are many uncertainties related to the way our lives will look like in 2020 and beyond, and the restrictions required to limit the spread of the disease has hindered the personal plans of billions around the world. We try to continue our lives, which means that children need to regain full access to education, employees need to go back to work, and people will still be getting married or celebrating important moments in their lives. If you had been planning for a destination wedding in 2020 or 2021, you don’t have to give up on your plans, but the way your event will look like may be a little different due to social distancing recommendations.
Most parts of wedding planning will stay the same, but you may need to prepare earlier than usual or deal with shortages of products/services or longer waiting times. Regardless of how the COVID-19 crisis evolves, you will still need to go through the following elements on your wedding checklist:
Your look on the big day
Start narrowing down your ideal glam (makeup, hair, nails, etc.) and think of alternatives in case you won’t have access to stylists. Worst case scenario, you may need to resort to DIY solutions, but fortunately there are lots of beauty products that you can use at home with professional results and online tutorials will show you how to apply make-up like a pro.
Pick out rings
No matter when you are able to tie the knot, rings are a must have and the sooner you buy them, the better.
Put together a list of “must-play” songs for your band or DJ.
This is a time-consuming task and you shouldn’t leave it for the last few days of wedding planning because you will be dealing with most important and urgent issues as the big day approaches.
Keeping in touch with guests and family
Send updates or set up video conferencing with guests on how you are doing and how they can potentially help. The success of an event depends on the involvement of participants; keeping in touch online will allow you to create a feeling of anticipation and make guests look forward to your destination wedding.
Put together visual needs and preferences for your photographer/videographer. Again, this task can take a lot of time and research, so what better way of passing your time in isolation that putting up details of your wedding day?
Brainstorm ways to celebrate your guests and thank them for their support. Consider online communication tools and ideas like creating personalised visual content that will remind them they took part to your celebration.
Enjoying the process
The isolation period imposed by the COVID-19 crisis can be stressful for everyone, and mental health issues worsen when we are deprived of social contact and outdoor activities. Practice self-care with your partner during stressful times and think of this period as a test for your marriage, to see if you can survive difficult times and emerge from a crisis even stronger than you were before.
The current COVID-19 crisis is complicating things a lot for couples planning a destination wedding, so you should be prepared in advance for the worst possible situations, such as needing to postpone the event.
Current restrictions in Queensland and their effect on wedding planning
As of May 2020, coronavirus restrictions in Queensland are gradually relaxing; current regulations that will also affect your wedding, if it will take place in the Queensland area, include:
- Starting with May 15, restaurants, pubs, and clubs will be permitted to have up to 10 patrons at a time, this being the first step of a three-stage plan; the maximum number of people allowed at weddings will be a maximum of 10. Regulations should become increasingly relaxed over a 3-month period provided that the number of new COVID-19 cases remains at a low level;
- The second step is elevating the number of patrons to 20 starting with June 13 if all goes to plan;
- Step three is not clearly designed at this stage, but it would involve life returning somewhat to normal with non-work gatherings of up to 100 people or more if the situation evolves favourably;
- Travel restrictions are also likely to put a strain on your destination wedding planning. What we know right now is that interstate borders will remain closed to tourists during step one, no promise of recreational interstate travel will resume during step two, and interstate travel should resume during step three, but the decision will be up to each state and territory. At the end of this 3-step plan, according to the framework, cafes, restaurants and food courts will still need to follow the rule of 4 square metres per person indoors.
What are some destination wedding alternatives during COVID-19
Wedding planning elements are being rewritten overnight, as many couples are not willing to wait for an indefinite amount of time until the COVID-19 crisis is over. Most experts advise postponing your wedding for 2021, preferably for summer 2020-2021.
Adopting the postponement strategy means you need to immediately contact your vendors, from decorations to photographer, and choose a new date. If a vendor is not willing to accommodate to your requests given that changes to the plan are obviously caused by the coronavirus crisis, maybe you should not continue working with them. Announce your guests so they can adjust their plans, depending on when you want to organise your wedding, before or after the end of the pandemic. Postponing your wedding for next year also means you will be able to stick to the original plan and be able to pay for every service you desire in case you are financially affected by the Covid crisis.
It’s understandable if you want to maintain your original wedding date – maybe you are afraid some people will not be able to make it on a different date or starting your married couple life is more important than having the perfect reception. A positive aspect of not postponing your wedding is supporting local businesses and allowing vendors to survive through this crisis, thus helping Australian economy to stay strong. The disadvantage is that you will have to follow social isolation rules, a problem you can deal with more easily if you opt for a small wedding.
If you are looking for a destination wedding venue within Australia, Villa Botanica on the Whitsunday Islands is an excellent option for organising your dream destination wedding without leaving the Queensland state and respecting Covid restriction regulation. At our venue you can hold your celebration outdoors which makes it safer for you and your guests. In case you prefer an indoor wedding or weather causes you to retreat inside, our spacious ballroom is large enough for you to be able to respect the rule requiring 4 square metres available to each person.
We know that you have 100 questions in your head about the way your wedding will look like in the light of recent world events, but the staff at Villa Botanica is here to reassure you and help you plan your wedding while adhering to current regulations and keeping your loved ones safe. Whether you want to get married in 2020 or next year, contact us at any time to ask questions and get advice from professional destination wedding planners on how to make your big day perfect.