Eloping in the New World: How Brides are Saying I Do in 2020.

In this time of isolation, the idea of massive guest lists and large events are moving away from the modern wedding quickly. A lot of couples are postponing their big day to comply with social distancing measures, however, it does not mean you can’t keep your original date. When everything is changing constantly, the love we all share with one another is shining through. The date, place or guests may change, but the feeling will stay the same. Replace the chapel for your living room, the hors d’oeuvres for home cooked meals, and the guests can watch on from Zoom.

We will show you the top ways you can get married during Coronavirus, and still have the same magical experience.

Hold an Intimate Gathering

Eloping may have crossed your mind, but that’s not the only way to avoid the crowd. Grab youractual  nearest and dearest (think 10 people max) and make sure to include all the things that will make the day feel likeyour wedding. Think cake, invitations, dinner and a white dress.Downsizing your wedding to make it work with current restrictions might just be the best excuse not to have to invite your partner's cousin's new boyfriend to your big day. A microwedding is a term for having a small wedding and making it ultra-personal. And in light of the current circumstances, it is definitely ideal!

Those who might be planning for a wedding under step three will be able to have more guests, but the chances are you’re still going to have to downsize in some respect. You might have to cut people to allow some of the vendors and wait staff you need on your day. Or, your venue might not be able to service the full 100 people due to their size.

But… how do you downsize your guest list?

Start with your closest family and friends, and then slowly move out from there. Keep the current health advice on hand and make some calls with your partner on who you could potentially cut. If you don’t feel up to calling these people to explain, ask a close friend or family member to do so for you. Trust us, they will understand!

Photo credit |@petite_visuals

Let's Elope

Eloping used to mean jumping on a plane with your mr or mrs to be and saying I do in the most romantic and picturesque destination. Now weddings have been stripped back of all add-ons and drama and we are being reminded of what the wedding is really about. Just because any plans of travel have changed for the next little while doesn’t mean your love story has to be any less epic. 2020 has seen more and more couples finding the beauty in their own backyard and we have the perfect dresses for this special occasion.

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The Perfect, Last Minute Dress: We Can Help!

We are still open, able, and excited to find you the perfect gown as fast as possible. For some gowns, there are express postage options available and they will be ready for their new home just in time for your elopement. Our Last Minute Bride Collection is a must have for anyone needing a gown ASAP without compromising on quality or style. Additionally, for only $100, you can place a rush order to speed up your dream dress delivery (to fill out a request form via our website, click here).

OC tip: Make an appointment in one of our lovely showrooms in Sydney or Melbourne to see our stunning and affordable bridal collection perfect for your elopement!

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Live-Stream Your Wedding: Futuristic Chic!

Live streaming your wedding is the perfect way to include those guests you can’t invite due to current restrictions, those interstate, overseas, or elderly guests who are safer in social isolation at the moment. While it may not be the wedding you dreamed of growing up, online ceremonies are proving to be at the forefront of new isolation trends. As it is most important to prioritise the health of yourself, family, and guests, a live-streamed wedding is a modern solution to the problem.

Zoom, Facebook Live, Facetime and YouTube are the most popular ways for couples to stream their weddings at the moment. You can even ask your videographer to help you capture and share these memories for those near and far.

OC tip:

  • Get the Pro account if you are using Zoom: coverage only lasts 40 minutes with the free service.
  • Use breakout rooms (or similar) to replicate table groupings at a wedding.
  • Every guest should practice connecting beforehand to ensure the day goes smoothly, with minimal technical difficulties.
  • Save the recording forever (imagine how beautiful this will be for your guests to have as a keepsake of your big day down the track)

Car Parades: Say I Do as They Drive Through!

 Get married at your choice of location with your celebrant, then watch as a convoy of your guests drive past to wish you well on the big day! It lets everyone see the beautiful Bride, while adhering to social distancing measures. Armed with balloons, streamers and horns, guests can be just as involved in the big day. Don’t compromise on the special feeling of celebrating your love with loved ones.

Some Real Bride Inspo for your Swoon-Worthy Elopement:

Photographer// @laurencampbell

Wedding planner// @elopement collective

Florist// @floral_ink_bluemountains

Photographer// @helopixelphoto

Floral Styling// @lodabali

Venue// @theudaya