When planning a wedding during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for you as a bride and groom to stay completely informed!
You’re about to have your wedding this summer (Australia’s summer)
and you’re freaking out because you don’t know how to start planning that wedding? And of course, COVID is adding additional stress to an already stressful time. Welcome to the club, you certainly aren’t the only one! There is absolutely no need to feel desperate because we’re here to help you out. Here are five tips for planning a classy summer wedding in Australia, so check them out and get down to the love business right away!
Let’s start with the Elephant in the Wedding Room
Having the facts will help you plan a safer gathering, for your family, your friends and most importantly you. This is a summary of important considerations to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when planning and hosting a wedding celebration. Work with your wedding vendors and/or wedding planner to ensure that you are making informed decisions and avoiding any risks. Your event must adhere to current public health orders on gathering limits, with preference given to outdoor events to minimize the risk. Having more guests, with closer interactions and longer time spent together, increases the risk of spreading COVID-19.
- Ask questions of the service providers you hire (e.g. ceremony and reception venues, florists, and foodservice vendors).
- Review your venue/vendor contracts and insurance policy.
- Check your City’s website for current information and guidance about COVID-19.
Communicating with your partner and service providers
- Maintain open communication with your partner and wedding planning services. Support each other and be flexible. Many businesses are impacted by the pandemic.
- Create a backup plan with a few alternative dates.
- For in-person events, limit attendance.
- Options to consider a virtual ceremony, outdoor ceremony, tented reception, a smaller indoor wedding, or delaying the event until public health measures are less restrictive.
- Family and cultural expectations may need to be relaxed to protect the safety of participants. Some rituals and practices may also need to be modified.
- Make adjustments to your wedding checklist to accommodate public health measures.
- Go digital to shop for venues, flowers, and other wedding necessities, and to schedule appointments.
- Create a safety check-list from your local government’s COVID response website.
Now the fun stuff: Start With Classy Decorations
Needless to say, the wedding decor is one of the most important parts of any nuptial day, so be sure to find the best decorator who will make all your wishes come true.
A majority of couples tend to choose outdoor venues that offer a lot of amazing possibilities,
which is why you, too, should take them into consideration and have a classy Australian wedding everyone will enjoy. Of course, an abundance of freshly-picked, vibrant flowers is a huge must. These will take your wedding to a whole new level and add a romantic yet very classy vibe to this special event. Once you pick out your style of flowers, your decorator can get creative with the display and find a way to accentuate bright colours with different fabrics and textures. Nothing is impossible if you know what you want!
A trendy yet stylish wedding gown is an absolute must…
Wedding dresses are another crucial part of any wedding – at least if you ask the bride – so don’t forget to start searching for your wedding gown early!. Summer wedding dresses significantly differ from dresses designed with other seasons in mind simply because they are made from breathable fabrics. This is particularly true for beach weddings, as these require lightweight dresses which will allow the bride to walk through the sand easily, without any limitations. So, if you’re a beach bride and you don’t know what style of a wedding dress to pick, all you have to do is to visit a bridal salon in Sydney or wherever else you live and ask those girls for help. They will surely help you find the most perfect wedding dress that is trendy yet stylish at the same time!
… As well as a wild bachelorette party
In case you weren’t aware of it, bachelorette parties have been gaining momentum over the last few years, which is why they became an unavoidable part of wedding planning. Truth be told, no wedding can be complete without a wild bachelorette party, organized a week or two before the big day, so bear that in mind and don’t be an exception. For example, you and your gals can explore the beautiful Port Douglas beaches and have the time of your lives in this part of Australia. On the other hand, if you want to have a fabulous party in Melbourne, you can always hire a company such as Hens and plan your celebration to the tiniest detail. With their help, this fantastic night will definitely exceed your expectations, without a shadow of a doubt!
Keep your guests cool
Yes, everyone knows that Australian summers can get extremely hot, but you know what? That doesn’t mean that your guests should sweat until they melt, so ensure to keep them as cool as possible at all costs. After all, not everyone enjoys sunny days and hot climate, right? In order to make that happen and keep your guests cool and happy, the first thing you need to do is
search for a wedding venue that features big trees or any other kind of shade.
If there aren’t any trees, you can always look for additional space where a beautiful marquee can be built. On the other hand, if you’re having a beach wedding, you should probably take large, white umbrellas into consideration. These will certainly do the trick, as well as several stands with icy cold water and flavoured lemonade. You won’t make a mistake with these!
Go for lighter food options
Last but certainly not least, your wedding menu should also be adjusted according to the season, and the reasons for that are more than good. Even though decadent meals that include a lot of meat and different spices seem to be a great choice no matter what, the truth is that these aren’t the best option for a summer wedding. Instead of these, you should better go for lighter alternatives that feature delicious gourmet salads, fresh seafood, and seasonal fruits. We’re sure that your guests will absolutely adore such a menu, so give it a try and you won’t go wrong. Once you figure out what types of food you want at your wedding, just find the best caterer in Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, or wherever else you live, and you’ll do a fantastic job your guests will appreciate!
As you can see, there are many important things you should be aware of when you’re planning to have a classy summer wedding in Australia. However, we can all agree that these six are the most important ones out there, which is why you should stick to them if that’s your ultimate goal. Just make that happens and you’ll have an unforgettable wedding ceremony and reception everyone will talk about, COVID or no COVID!
Peter is an LGBT travel and lifestyle writer at Queer Voices magazine, living between Australia and Europe. Besides writing, he also worked as a freelance fashion stylist for many magazines. A true craft beer and soy latte aficionado, he loves spending his days at the beach and visiting second-hand stores on a daily basis. Follow Peter on Twitter below for more tips.