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Ask Emilie: Re-Planning Your Wedding During The Pandemic

Welcome to Ask Emilie, here you can ask any question to our wedding planner Emilie. Emilie will answer your question no matter the wedding topic. It can be about anything from styling, general wedding questions, cultural customs, planning, wedding budgets and more. This week Emilie talks with a bride who was to be married in April 2020. The question for her wedding re-planning: should she get married during or after the pandemic? What should she consider in her re-planning

Today’s question is from Adley, who asks:

Dear Emilie, I was going to be married in April this year, but as you know in March the Government changes the rules making my 200 guest list wedding impossible? I understand why this was done, and all my wedding suppliers and the venue have been very flexible around this. The question I have is when the Coronavirus happened; I had to move my wedding day, and based on the Governments suggestion, they gave an ETA of 6 months. I moved everything to November 2020. Some of my guests are from overseas, and a decent amount are located interstate. I have come to the realisation that international guests are out of the question for the longest while. My fear is the Government reintroducing restrictions preventing interstate guest or stopping events entirely again. Then there is the added issue of guests not wanting to leave their house until a vaccine is found. Do I wait till there is a vaccine or go ahead assuming everything will be fine? Thanks for any advice Adley

Hi Adley,

We have had this talk with our couples many times over the past few months. It is a very serious topic that we do not take it lightly. To answer your question directly, we can’t give any advice on when because the government can change the rules at any time. We were all set to be on track and have potentially been fine in 6 months from the initial outbreak. Then we received our first spike in Victoria recently, and then South Australia is scrapping its border reopening showing us for the first time publicly that this can take a lot longer. It’s too fast-paced, unpredictable in this current climate. Instead, I will give you options that you can choose based on what’s happening now.

Re-Planning  Your Wedding During The Pandemic

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Go ahead with your wedding in November 2020

If you decide to go ahead with your wedding in November at this stage there are many restrictions and regulations in place at this time which include:

  • The maximum number of people who may attend a wedding is the maximum number of people allowed on the premises, which is one person per 4 square metres.
  • Wedding services are no longer subject to separate limits, with the exception of a wedding at a place of residence, which can have the greater of 20 people or one person per 4 square metres of space.
  • People attending will be required to provide their name and contact details so that they can be used for contact tracing.

The above points were written at the time of this post on 2/7/2020 from the NSW Government and may have changed since then. Current information can be found here.

Wait strategically

You can choose to wait till the restriction have lowered and proven safe for interstate travel, venue restrictions changed to allow more people per function or at a time of our choosing. However, unless the Government has given the all-clear, the rules can change at any time.

Wait till its all over

The safest bet is to wait for a vaccine to be created and/or for Australia to have no active cases at all. However, we do not know when this will be the case. It could be November, could be sooner or later.

Small wedding – Big reception!

Some couples have decided to have a smaller and more intimate wedding during this time within the guidelines and restrictions and have a large reception when the coronavirus pandemic is all over (or at a much less restricted time). This way you can still get married but have the big party at a later date. This way, people who are unable to attend now can enjoy your marriage when it is safer to do so.

A Balancing Act

For any couple looking to get married during this time, it is a difficult decision. Re-planning your wedding during the pandemic is not something we take lightly as it is impacting a lot of people. Whatever your decision, make sure it is in the best interested for yourself, your guests and suppliers.


Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. The guidelines and regulations are from the Australian NSW Government for weddings at the time of writing this blog post in relation to the Coronavirus pandemic. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs.

Check out the other Ask Emilie Blogs here; they may contain what you are looking for or give you ideas and inspirations for other wedding-related questions.

Were you planning / re-planning to get married during this pandemic? Will you wait it out or have a smaller ceremony now? What challenges have you faced during this period? Let us know by leaving a comment below in the comments section:)

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