Madeleine davies and Geoffrey Sole married at Gabbinbar Homestead on May 9, 2019.
Madeleine davies and Geoffrey Sole married at Gabbinbar Homestead on May 9, 2019. Contributed

City wedding venues welcome eased restrictions

IT'S time to celebrate and say "I do", with 100 people now allowed to gather at Queensland wedding venues.

From July 3, private gatherings will increase from 20 people to 100 people for events like family gatherings, weddings and funerals.

It is wonderful news to those in the wedding industry and those who have a wedding planned in the second half of the year.

The Gabbinbar Experience Manager Rachel Jannusch said it was great news not only for the venue but for other businesses who rely on weddings to make an income.

"The recent updates in restrictions is also great news for hundreds of small and micro businesses that our venue supports, such as local florists, wedding cake makers and photographers," she said.

"Due to Gabbinbar Homestead's success as an international wedding venue, we are working toward to be back to full capacity in 2021.

"However, right now - we are very thankful that our local weddings can now go ahead."

Gabbinbar Homestead held its last wedding on March 21 and has been closed for the past three months.

The first wedding to be held at the venue will be on August 3 and Ms Jannusch said the team looked forward to "doing what they do best" and making a couple's day as magical as it could be.

Ms Jannusch said during the period of closure the team had utilised the crisis by completing some major projects in gardens and estate.

Keeley Simpson and Jake Rigby married on October 27, 2019 at Gabbinbar Homestead.
Keeley Simpson and Jake Rigby married on October 27, 2019 at Gabbinbar Homestead. Mayers Photography

Along with some garden upgrades there is now a sixth ceremony location on-site for couples to choose from and the existing bamboo grove has now been transformed into a spectacular photo location for couples.

The venue is also giving couples and guests the option to have their ceremony live streamed to their guests who are unable to make the wedding due to travel restrictions.

"The estate is looking stunning for our couples due to be married this year and we cannot wait to host them," she said.

"Come spring, with The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers due to now go ahead, we are truly grateful for this news as it gives our September couples the full Toowoomba spring experience."