The wedding industry has been turned on its head since the onset of COVID-19, but some couples are still choosing to tie the knot in 2020, albeit a little differently to originally planned.
Magicians and comedians are some of the quirky entertainment at nuptials to fill the void of a dance floor, according to one specialist.
Other couples are downsizing their guest list and pouring their budgets into flowers and decor.
Dapto-based florist Leah Mitchell usually works on high-end weddings with customers easily spending up to $10,000 on floral installations.
She said weddings were adapting to pandemic restrictions with some choosing to party on a Tuesday, while others culled their guest list but inflated the flower budget.
"A lot of couples have said 'we've cut 50 people off our guest list and we've got all this extra money to spend' ... so spend the money on flowers or decor," she said.
"But then some people are doing just a small ceremony, going out for dinner and then they're going to do a celebration next year. So they've cut their order right back to bridal bouquets."
Mikahlia Campbell, 26, was supposed to marry her long-time love Tom on October 4, but in August decided against a large wedding under the circumstances. The pair opted for an "elopement" with just 18 guests and a whole heap of flowers for early September.
"I said to Leah, 'let's go big or go home, and go wild with the flowers'," Mrs Campbell said.
"Plus we had booked in all these vendors and we wanted to still support them best we can. It's our one day but they've had their entire businesses turned upside down."
The happy couple celebrated amongst thousands of blooms of roses, orchids and ranunculus. The bride describing their intimate reception at Level One Wollongong like "a colour bomb had hit it".
"We went from having 90 guests to then 18 ... Leah transformed it into the wedding of our dreams," she said.
But life doesn't completely smell of roses for the floristry industry.
When lockdown kicked off in March, Ms Mitchell lost six months of work. In reality, she said, her finances were pushed back by 18 months because most people were postponing until the new year when she'd normally take on new clients.
International travel restrictions has also made obtaining flowers more difficult and around 40 per cent more expensive, as the majority of Australia's flowers come from overseas.
"The flower industry is just chaos at the moment," she said. "I've never seen anything like it in my 22 year career."
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