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The stress of planning a wedding during COVID-19

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Every little girl dreams of having the perfect wedding.

But planning one during a pandemic is bringing added pressure, stress and uncertainty to brides-to-be.

Many of them are also planning for a backup date as a precaution, while others are concerned their relatives or friends from interstate or overseas won’t be able to attend.

High school sweethearts Isabella Tomassoni and Domenic Lodovici, of Holden Hill in Adelaide, were supposed marry in November but postponed the wedding until June 2021 with hopes restrictions would allow for 230 guests to drink alcohol and dance.

Miss Tomassoni, 25, said having to organise a second date felt as though she was planning two weddings, which added to the stress of the experience.

“We decided to have a long engagement because of how difficult the planning process can be, but things haven’t really gone to plan,” she said.

“It’s a bit disappointing because we’ve waited so long, but there’s nothing we can do.”

Miss Tomassoni said she was looking forward to marrying the love of her life after he proposed in March 2018.

“We don’t want our guests to feel uncomfortable at our wedding. We want them to remember our wedding as a positive experience and not because we were married during a pandemic,” she said.

Restrictions surrounding weddings in South Australia have changed several times in the past year; including having a maximum of 10 people, numbers increasing to 100 people with a one person per four square metre rule, then no maximum under a one person per two square metre rule.

Now, up to 100 people are allowed to attend. Drinking alcohol while dancing is also prohibited, forcing brides and grooms to choose one for their event.

For the past few months, Candice Belperio, of Klemzig, said she had faith everything would go ahead for her November wedding but was now considering postponing.

The 25-year-old said not only were brides and grooms but the entire wedding industry was feeling the pinch.

“The amount of time and effort that goes into planning a wedding is more than what people would expect, (and) the constant fear of the unknown is stressful,” Miss Belperio said.

“I sympathise for the Government, and they’re thinking of the greater population, but having no timeline of when restrictions will be relooked at isn’t giving brides and grooms peace of mind.

“I thought planning a wedding would be fun, joyous and exciting. Then when all this came into play it put a dampener on the experience.”

Taylor Votino, of Taylor, who is due to marry in February next year, said she and her fiance Michael Cerella planned to celebrate with all 300 guests and would postpone if restrictions did not permit.

She has concerns the band, videographer and relatives from interstate won’t be able to attend.

“Everything’s on hold, and if we have to postpone, it won’t be for another year or so once other brides rebook too,” the 25-year-old said.

“I thought planning a wedding would be exciting, but it’s taken the fun out of it.”

A state government spokesperson acknowledged restrictions around the nation were impacting families, communities and businesses. However, they were in place to keep South Australia safe and strong.

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