Do not try to skirt restrictions on public gatherings

Australia’s leader in the wedding industry calls on couples and suppliers to be responsible in light of further restrictions on public gatherings.

20 March, 2020: The Australian Government’s latest restrictions on indoor public gatherings are set to further impact the wedding industry as couples preparing for their weddings this weekend are left in limbo.

New government restrictions mandate that there should be no more than 25 people per 100 sqm, or one person per 4 sqm in all indoor venues to a maximum of 100 people.

Easy Weddings is urging all couples and suppliers to stay calm and listen to government advice on restrictions and safety measures.

“These new measures have been put in place for the safety of the community, yourself, your vendors and your wedding guests,” says Elise James, Director of Trends & Insights at Easy Weddings.

“These restrictions are relevant to the size and layout of your venue and may or may not impact what you already have planned. The requirements very much depend on the size and layout of the venue so work with your supplier directly to figure this out.”

“We encourage all couples who are getting married in the next 4 to 6 weeks to postpone their weddings, or downsize to the current guidelines where it is safe to do so.”

Official advice from Easy Weddings to couples getting married over the next six months is to continue to look for recommendations from relevant authorities. Couples can then make a decision to go ahead or postpone their day 4 to 6 weeks out, based on the most current information at hand.

Easy Weddings is also urging couples and vendors to be responsible in light of these latest measures.

“Do not try to find a workaround for current health measures. You are only putting yourself, your guests, staff in the industry, and the community as a whole at further risk,” Elise says.

“If you do not think you can go ahead with your wedding in a safe way abiding by these new regulations then you should postpone it to later in the year.”

Postponed weddings are a viable option for couples looking to recoup some of their losses, as many vendors are offering to carry costs over or give vouchers for other dates. They will also give the industry a much-needed boost towards the end of 2020 and beginning of 2021.

“We know there are thousands of couples who are being left in limbo at the moment, and we cannot imagine how you feel,” Elise says.

“Make sure you contact your vendors to see what the best solution for your current plans are.”

“You can still have your wedding. It just might look a little different.”

ENDS

Media contact

For interviews or further comment please contact:

Elise James

Director of Trends & Insights

Easy Weddings

media@easyweddings.com.au

About Easy Weddings

Easy Weddings is Australia’s leader in the wedding industry and the largest resource for couples planning their wedding in Australia. For more visit easyweddings.com.au.

The Australian wedding industry services approximately 120,000 weddings each year. It’s made up of more than 56,000 small businesses and employs more than 150,000 people.

March and April are two of the busiest months for the wedding industry, which is worth $4 billion to the Australian economy every year.