Updated 22nd October 2020
Hello from Italy!
I wish I did not have to write about Covid 19, and I am sure you wish you were not reading about it when thinking about your wedding in Italy, but with all the new restriction announced over the past few days, I thought we should update you on the situation here in Italy.
As the colder weather is settling in, the virus is doing exactly what we all expected it would. The Italian government has shown itself to be decisive in taking action to reduce the spread of the virus and as of the 13th October further urgent measures to contain the pandemic have been introduced.
Visitors arriving from the UK, France, Croatia, Greece, Malta, and Spain are obliged to have a Covid 19 test no more than 72 hours before their arrival in Italy or a rapid test is to be taken at the airport on their arrival. The list of countries who require this are constantly changing and it is recommended that you check with your FO before you travel.
The law requires the use of masks in all public spaces.
We are much better informed now than we were back in March, and with a clearer idea of what we are facing in 2021. I personally see the current restrictions as a precaution with the winter weather and flu season starting and predict they will be lifted in the Spring or before if a vaccine is introduced.
This summer measures were put in place to protect guests and staff, include staff wearing masks, no buffets and implementing social distancing at the tables if you’re not from the same household. There were no restrictions on guests numbers and I think this will be the 'new normal' in 2021.
We have received a few messages from brides asking if we think their 2021 weddings will need to be pushed back. We are
very optimistic and we are going ahead as normal for all of our couples living in Europe, finalising the plans for their 2021 weddings. We are using the last few months, here in Italy, as a guide for the new ‘normal’ for weddings in 2021 and are feeling really positive.
Unfortunately for our couples living in New Zealand and Australia, we really can not say if travel to Italy will be a possibility in 2021. We understand it is an emotional subject, but with the Australian PM announcing last week that unless there is a vaccine, he can not foresee Australians traveling to Europe until 2022. We are advising our brides and grooms to move their wedding to 2022. Even if there is a vaccine in play, we do not know if this will be widely available in time for a 2021 wedding. With 2022 filling up with lots of new couples booking their wedding in Italy, we think penciling in a new date would be a good plan for the moment. I promise we will work as hard as we did in March for anyone wishing to move their wedding to 2022.
We do not give this advice lightly, we know that moving weddings again will have a financial impact on our couples, but we also understand that peace of mind and mental health is more important. We understand this is a difficult time for everyone, people are being affected in so many different ways, but when dealing with something that is out of your control, it is important to stay calm and focused, this is why you have a wedding planner!
We will need great weddings after all of this to bring our families and friends back together!