Planning a wedding is difficult enough without factoring in a global pandemic and rapidly changing lockdown restrictions.
Coming into spring, weddings are now allowed to ahead with five guests not including those needed for the conduct of the wedding like celebrants or the loved up couple.
This however is far from the dream event that many local couples have planned for the past few months and even years.
President of the Riverina Marriage Celebrants Association Marion Way said that there was a 'totally different feeling' in the air for spring time weddings this year, even in comparison to 2020 which also saw its fair share of lockdowns and restrictions.
She told The Area News that multiple weddings she was booked in to officiate in September, October and November have all been postponed
"This time last year there were still quite a few weddings taking place, even with the number limit for guests," Mrs Way said.
"However this year it seems the majority of couples are not as desperate to get married, and are wanting to wait and have a wedding with all their guests as planned."
Currently border restrictions, quarantine requirements and a guest limit of five apply to weddings in NSW.
The celebrant, witnesses and couple do not count towards this number as they are required for the ceremony to take place, however selecting only five guests from a pool of much loved friends and family has been a challenge for many.
"People tend to not want to go with a smaller volume, even if they livestream the wedding," Mrs Way sad.
"It's not the same experience however for couples who have chosen a date for a specific reason, I would encourage them to stick with the date, have their ceremony and celebrate with their loved ones when they are able because we just do not know what the future will hold."
Griffith celebrant Jenni Overs shared this sentiment, saying that couples can always have their reception later on.
All of her weddings for the next few months have been postponed until this time next year, leaving room for no new bookings for newly engaged couples.
"Couples who are getting married really need to think about what the day is about and what it means to them," Mrs Overs said.
"I think most couples just want to get married because postponements are hard, you can't count on anything."
I really feel for the couples who have had to postpone their special day a few times which is why I just suggest they go ahead on a smaller scale now"
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