Coronavirus came along and physically trapped us at home, while that has been a daily nuisance for most, for wedding vendors who rely on interactions and gatherings for a living, it has been a bloody nightmare. The hit to wedding industry coronavirus has been unprecedented, but a lot of clever vendors have pivoted so they can still service their couples but just from a safe distance!
Here we run through some of the vendors changing it up during Coronavirus times.
To be able to work with her brides during this time, Cassandra has been conducting virtual meetings and taking one-on-one appointments and bridal fittings since the visitor restrictions have been lifted. She’s also casually working on a whole new collection too, so she’s certainly keeping busy!
This beautiful Bali wedding venue has been hosting virtual tours of their space whilst offering personalised presentations to couples via Skype or WhatsApp calls, so they can physically walk couples around the spots they could potentially say ‘I Do’ in – all from the comfort of their couch.
Sun + Moon
Aveline from Sun + Moon would usually be working on engagement and wedding photoshoots at this time, but she’s been quick to think on her feet about how to service her couples from afar. “I have a couple who’s supposed to have their pre-wedding session with me next week, but unfortunately they can’t fly to Sydney due to Covid19. So I gave them a virtual photoshoot to cheer them up!”
Edwards & Co.
Instagram-famous hairdressers are used to providing brides with picture-perfect hair for their big day. But to help out brides during this wedding industry coronavirus time, the company launched a 10 episode IGTV series called ‘The Lockdown with Edwards & Co.’ to equip viewers with tips and tricks for taking care of their hair at home and experiment with styles they’ve always wanted to try but haven’t had the time to commit to it.
They also launched a ranch of hair maintenance kits so brides can do colour touch ups and treatments at home, meaning their hair is wedding-ready when it finally comes to their big day. One of ‘The Lockdown’ episodes walks brides through the colour application and how to do it with all the tools in the kit. Get ready to blow your fiancé away at home!
Karen Willis Holmes
Renowned Australian bridal designer, Karen Willis Holmes, is used to seeing hundreds of brides a month in their boutiques across the country. However, with physical appointments near impossible, KWH Bridal now offer virtual appointments and have deployed a whole heap of helpful measurement tutorials so you can take your measurements yourself at home and ensure your dream dress arrives with a perfect fit. Also, Karen Willis Holmes has always had an online store, so you can peruse her collections online and order directly from her site. Genius!
The Farm Yarra Valley
You can now see this glorious wedding venue virtually as the team walk you through the property so you can personally see the exact spot where you may say ‘HELL YEAH I DO’ to the person of your dreams.
I Do Drive Thru
One of our gorgeous celebrants, Kate Morgan, has created a completely new business during this time. In light of the five-person wedding restrictions, Kate and a few friends have developed drive thru weddings to accomodate couples desperate to get hitched in Sydney! Having a car-based elopement means social distancing can occur and you can say ‘I Do’ in a scenic Sydney location.
Beyond the uberly-romantic concept, the cost will certainly have you falling head-over-heels as the average wedding cost is $53,168 and the I Do Drive Thru’s packages start from only $400!
Oleg Cassini is known for their super affordable wedding dresses, but don’t let the great price tag fool you into thinking that means less service – because the team are going above and beyond for their brides! “With our virtual appointments, an experienced stylist will take you through our collection, find out your personal needs and requirements. Will pull the dresses out to show you. Advise on colour, silhouette and sizing. We have had lots of lovely brides take up this option and have their mum and sisters join too!”
Oleg Cassini are also offering a FREE wedding industry coronavirus bridesmaids shop-from-home kit. “Customers can register and we will send them a free kit with everything in they need to order their bridesmaids dresses from home. The kit includes fabric swatches of their choice, tape measure and a bridesmaids bible containing everything they need to help them decide on their dress.”