As the hospitality industry gears to open with fully vaccinated hitting State Government targets, the proposed
event wedding bubble of fifty (50) guests is ready to pop, inviting NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to come to
Tearful, confused brides have been contacting and begging Venue Liaison Director Marie Florio and her team
for some wedding bubbles because at a 50 cap having a wedding reception still implies the majority of brides
will not be proceeding with their weddings.
“Navarra venues welcome intimate as well as large weddings, but the majority of weddings consist of more than
fifty (50) guests at the wedding and the reality is limited weddings will be taking place,” said Venue Liaison
Director Marie Florio
This predicament is heart-wrenching for couples impacting the entire event wedding industry that are part of the
hospitality industry and yet seem to be placed in a bubble of their own. In this multi-billion dollar business, a lot
of consideration needs to be given to suppliers from food, including our very own farmers, drinks, wedding cars,
photographers, videographers, florists. The list is endless.
What we can see at the moment are people enjoying themselves in the parks, and soon it will be in restaurants
and cafes with alfresco dining permits welcomed on footpaths by most councils. People will also be able to
happily gather and have a drink in the pub so the question is posed as to why we cannot have these freedoms
enjoyed openly at larger weddings.
The event wedding industry is a large part of the ‘Hospitality Industry’. There is no cohesive plan to ensure the
safety of businesses that deal directly with an emotionally charged public. Brides lost and bewildered have been
scaling back their receptions at Navarra venues unable to match guest numbers and just can no longer plan.
“We do not want protests and violence at our business doors, this mental abuse for the past two (2) years is now
escalating and it is quite frightening. We need to pop this wedding bubble before it is too late. Just viewing the
Melbourne protests where violence towards police and spitting at healthcare workers is real and this comes from
the pain and devastating impacts of lockdown,” said Marie Florio
“The messaging previously alluded to us being able to fully reopen at 70%, then 80% vaccination rates. As
people continue to get fully vaccinated, weddings remain in a bubble. We have not been permitted the same
easing of restrictions with a no cap and 1 person per 4 square metre rule as the rest of the hospitality industry,”
Couples, suppliers and businesses remain haemorrhaging at the seams and just throwing money at businesses is
just a band-aid effect. The event wedding bubble needs to be popped with a long-term roadmap that can sustain
businesses and the mental well being of couples.
“We have suffered enough and must get back to normal not only economically but for our sanity. Even though
Ms Berejiklian believes she is opening up our industry, there is no clear roadmap. A fifty (50) cap is not opening
up our industry. She needs to pop the bubble now as she fine-tunes the easing of restrictions.”
“We need no cap with a 1 person per 4 square metre rule and with all couples having the freedom to invite their
guests to attend a COVID-19 safe environment.”
Entertaining over 47 years of events and hospitality experience and successfully hosting more than 175,000
events, Navarra is one of Australia’s leading events and hospitality operators.
Family operated and founded by Filippo and Sarina Navarra with the reigns handed to Salvatore, Giovannino
and Marie Navarra, who offer weddings, formal, corporate and casual dining experiences, including cafes and
bars across the wider Sydney area.
Navarra locations include Montage, Conca D’Oro, Oatlands House, Curzon Hall, CBD Collection and Eschol
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