Photo by Jackson Grant
A novel wedding business, “I Do Drive Thru” has launched in response to the new 5-person wedding rule. The start-up offers South Australian couples affordable, ‘Vegas-vibed’ and socially-distanced wedding options.
The innovative business launched in Melbourne just a week ago and has inspired interest all over the country. Adelaide is the second city to offer these car-based elopements.
The short but sweet ceremonies cater to the COVID-19 wedding market, which as per strict government regulations, allow only 5 people to attend weddings. Marriage is still considered an essential service in Australia.
The I Do Drive Thru website has a definite ‘old-school, 50’s’ feel with a modern twist. The concept allows couples to be married at a number of exciting, scenic Adelaide locations or at any parking spot the couple feel would be fitting for their own drive thru experience.
The couple and their witnesses arrive at the designated location. Their Celebrant meets the vehicle. The ceremony is conducted whilst the couple remain inside the car. Paperwork and certificates are passed in and out of the windows, rings are exchanged, and back seat smooching is highly encouraged.
The ceremony can also be live-streamed direct to family and friends via the I Do Drive Thru website, allowing family and friends to get in on the action.
I Do Drive Thru, with the tagline, “Would you like vows with that?” was dreamt up by Mel Jacob, Celebrant and Entrepreneur, as a way to keep working under the restrictions.
Mel said “Even in a time of uncertainty love still exists and people still need to celebrate. There is still every reason to commit to marriage. Imagine looking back on COVID 2020 with the fond memory of getting married in this unique way, then having the big celebration with family and friends to look forward to, down the track.”
Celebrant’s Klara McMurray, Zena Lythgo and Kate Morgan came on board to help Mel get the business up and running in record time.
The website went live on Friday 3rd April and the team have already booked dozens of weddings after being inundated with enquiries.
I Do Drive Thru offers couples a wedding experience like no other in Australia, with unique photos to match. The team are partnering with photographers, florists and car-hire companies. They’re thrilled to be able to support wedding businesses when so many large-scale weddings have been cancelled or postponed.
“At this time, the ability to be married is still an essential service. Now more than ever it is important to be able to advocate for your partner in medical situations, ensure visas aren’t put in jeopardy and avoid any unnecessary conflict around wills and estates.” Zena Lythgo, Celebrant
“Since our world took a really strange turn, the wedding industry and all its clients have suffered a massive shake up to their plans. A need has arisen to offer legal weddings with personality, whilst maintaining a high level of fabulousness. I do Drive Thru answers that need.” Klara McMurray, Celebrant.
“In the end, love always wins – it will always find a way. I Do Drive Thru is just what’s needed at this strange time. It’s unique, fun and well-timed.” said Kate Morgan, Celebrant
In a recent study published in Marie Claire, the average Australian wedding costs $53,158. The I Do Drive Thru’s packages start from only $400.
To find out more, head to the website
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