STRICT wedding restrictions have taken their toll on couples planning on getting married.
Ormiston bride Renee Elle was due to marry at the weekend. Ms Elle and her partner had been planning and paying off their wedding for more than a year and now will have to wait until October for their special day.
"We didn't get any deposits back however all of our vendors and our venues did transfer all monies paid to a new date. So we haven't lost any money in having to cancel and postpone," she said. Most of her family had been traveling from New Zealand for the wedding.
Cassidy Fairbairn from Cleveland planned to get married on North Stradbroke Island at the weekend but said she was exhausted and did not want to downscale her wedding to just five people.
"No money back as yet, not likely from caterers or events company. But we have been able to get money back from accommodation and barges," she said.
Ormiston bride Samantha Banwell received news of the restrictions when she returned from her hen's weekend. She was due to get married on April 3.
The couple had guests coming from Switzerland, South Africa, America and France.
"If we went a head with the wedding I would've been without a dress as my Nan was making it and she was travelling from Tasmania," Ms Banwell said.
Vendors hired for the celebration had offered to reschedule rather than refund their money.
"Now that I've been put on a reduced salary with high potential for stand down we would have appreciated the cash. We wouldn't consider a five people wedding as our celebration was for our families not ourselves," she said.
Cleveland bride Megan Warren and her groom Jason Hunt had planned to wed on May 30.
"We don't want to go ahead in such a gloomy time. We'd rather wait and celebrate. We had almost paid our wedding off and are currently negotiating with all contributors to postpone until November," she said.
Redlands groom Joshua McHugh said vendors had been accommodating and flexible in trying to get him and his fiance a new date.
"Given the amount we've spent and key family members would have to travel interstate and/or internationally, we haven't thought about having it with just five people," Mr McHugh said.