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“We are all in this together” as Ben Lee would say.

Back at my desk with a glass of Red on a Saturday night, writing this blog.  Due to business downturn during the Corona virus pandemic I was being very productive around my garden. Bought myself a Pruning saw and a Chain saw and have had heaps of fun cutting back trees allowing more sun into my garden and home, However whilst doing this I noticed there were many plants growing out of my gutters. So three weeks ago I set my trusty A frame ladder up, put my gardening gloves on and climbed up to clear them out. I couldn’t believe how much soil was in the gutters along with very healthy looking weeds growing upto 60cms high. I was doing well hanging onto the rafters as I dug away at it but couldn’t quite reach the last metre. As I went to climb down from my trusty A Frame so I could move along further,  it toppled over along with myself. Needless to say the last three weeks have been very ordinary whilst I recover with five broken bones in my left foot. My Doctor has told me to not put any weight on my foot for 6 weeks. He expects me to lay down and keep my foot raised to get the swelling down hence plenty of time to think about  many things including post Covid 19 Weddings. So here I go –  But first – this photo in my showroom is of my first Covid 19 April Bride!

Never in a million years did you imagine having to be prepared in case of a global pandemic striking months out from your wedding date. When I was placing Indent orders at Fashion Parades for Bridal gowns, Bridesmaid Dresses, Ball gowns and Formal dresses, I never could have foreseen a shutdown for my business. The only business I have had in recent weeks is Hire suits for Funerals, suits for Grooms and Bridal gowns for Weddings that just had to happen with only five people present. But I live by a Mantra “There is no point in worrying about something I have no control over”. It really works for me. Otherwise I would be bawling in a corner in the Foetal position.

 

My heart sincerely goes out to every couple and their families who are faced with the reality of postponing a day of celebration that has been in the works for months, if not years,  my thoughts are also with the many sole-traders and small business owners who make up our local Wedding industry. I am always available to talk and help if you need.

These vendors are often the sole or primary income earner and needless to say the devastation this has caused in terms of them being unable to provide for their family is real. In times like this we have all got to stick together and support each other through the hard times. So here is a list of things to consider when weighing up what to do about your upcoming nuptials.

WHAT ARE THE NEW GATHERING RESTRICTIONS AS OF FRIDAY MAY 22nd, 2020?
We are still at Step One so any weddings planned for June, July, August & September can go ahead but are limited to 10 guests (in addition to those conducting the service, a photographer, a videographer and the couple) here in New South Wales.

There must be 4 sqm for every person in attendance. Prime Minister Scott Morrison also states “Now, in addition to that, you should continue to practice wherever possible the 1.5 metres of healthy distance between each of us.”

DOES A MARQUEE, TEEPEE OR TENT CONSTITUTE AN OUTDOOR VENUE?
“An indoor gathering refers to a gathering within a single enclosed area (i.e. an area, room or premises that is or are substantially enclosed by a roof and walls, regardless of whether the roof or walls or any part of them are permanent, temporary, open or closed).”

So the answer is NO!!!

Let’s by pass Step two and bring on STEP three asap I say!!

                                   

OCT 2020 & BEYOND
For couples getting married from October onwards, we do not know when these bans will lift. All the Prime Minister has said on this matter is “at least six months”. So regardless of whether you are looking to postpone October, November or December nuptials or wait it out and see if the bans are lifted at the end of September you should be considering your guest list. Have a ‘Plan A’ to go ahead as planned come October, but also have a ‘Plan B’ in place if these restrictions are carried through till the end of the year.

 

CONTACT ALL OF YOUR WEDDING VENDORS
If you have decided to proceed with your elopement of 10 guests then you will need to contact all of your wedding vendors who will be on the ground, on the day, and confirm they are still comfortable servicing your wedding (as you never know, they may have an elderly person in their care, or regularly be in contact with an immuno-compromised friend or family member or they me simply be more comfortable away from large crowds). What agreement you come to is between yourself and your vendor.

PLANNING A WEDDING IN 2021?
Keep calm, keep booking vendors and most importantly keep paying deposits to secure those vendors as you normally would, as dates will start to fill up extremely quickly as the Australian wedding industries try and accommodate and consolidate 24 months worth of weddings in to a 12 month period. So, if you have been tossing up between a few vendors and/or venues, time to secure your date, and the vendors you love the most, now.

CONSIDER A MID-WEEK WEDDING
If you were set to get married on a Saturday anytime between June and September 2020 and have decided to postpone your wedding, please think twice about taking up your vendors Saturdays in 2021. These vendors will need to recoup lost income as soon as humanly possible. We are led to believe it will be potentially safe to gather again from October onwards. So why not look at a Sunday or Monday wedding in October 2020? Or perhaps a Thursday wedding with a Friday recovery brunch in November?

What matters most is you get to marry the one you love in front of the ones most dear to you, not what day of the week it is.

SHOP LOCAL
We do not know what the week has in store for us, let alone the next six months or year. So, if you are currently planning a wedding for anytime in the future, err on the side of caution and shop and hire locally to limit travel, cancellations and spread. Look for florists who use local and foraged blooms (as a lot of flowers are grown and shipped internationally), look for photographers, cinematographers and other vendors local to your home state, town or venue.

Covid 19 is also changing the way people shop for wedding dresses. Couples that are looking to get married in the near future have either postponed gown shopping or shopped for wedding dresses online. However, shopping for a wedding dress traditionally is still an in-person experience. It often takes multiple appointments to find a suitable dress. We at Guyz & Dollz is Open for Business and champing at the bit to help you.. We have cleaned and polished, bought new racking and curtains. We open by Appointment only so we will have the Showroom to ourselves. We have lots of wonderful gowns, flower girl dresses,.  Mens and boys suits, accessories etc. Call me on 0414295110 if you have any queries or would like to make an appointment.

Most importantly, STAY SAFE, we are not completely out of the woods yet! If you haven’t done so already, you could write a journal of this experience as what we are going through will be in the History books in the years to come.

 

Cheers to you all,

Mel

Guyz & Dollz