How does Coronavirus affect weddings in Croatia?

coronavirus effect on weddings in croatia

Coronavirus and weddings in Croatia. Read our blog and stay up to date on all the info you need while planning your wedding in Croatia during coronavirus.

Coronavirus is having a slight effect on weddings in Croatia. At this point, April, May and June’s weddings are postponed. July and August weddings are still on, as well as all bookings for 2021. Our government is doing a fantastic job fighting the virus.

We decided to use our blog to give you the latest updates, and tips on planning your wedding in Croatia during the coronavirus outbreak.

We would love nothing more than to write about a more positive theme than this. However, I personally feel like it’s important to be up to date when it comes to coronavirus and its effects on weddings in Croatia.

Croatia is officially getting out of quarantine, yay!

From today, shops, restaurants, and cafes are opened. If you ever met anyone Croatian you’ll know how much the cafes mean to us. So this is a big day for us.

Onto the news that’s actually important for all you guys planning your weddings in Croatia.

As of now, events for 40 people are a go! The borders for tourists from EU countries should be open on June 15. However, we still don’t have news when folks from the UK, USA, AUS and CA will be able to visit us.

By June 15 we think that the number of people on gatherings will be higher than 40.

11/05/2020 Update

As of today we have 2.196 confirmed cases, 91 deaths and 1.784 recoveries.

06/05/2020 CORONAVIRUS TRAVEL & WEDDING UPDATE

Thanks to our government, medical staff and citizens, Croatia is slowly getting back to normal.

We have proved to the world that our country isn’t just beautiful, but it’s also smart and safe.

For now, weddings are allowed for family members only, but we feel this will change for the better soon.

As for tourism in Croatia in times of Coronavirus, there are serious plans currently discussed, from our government to make it happen.

I can’t wait for some of the measures to be confirmed so I can share some good news with you guys!

For all your questions hop to https://www.total-croatia-news.com/travel/43407-croatia-covid-19-travel where you can find out all you need to know about the current situation.

In the meantime, use this time to plan your perfect wedding and Croatia, and visit later!

06/05/2020 update

As of today we have 2.112 confirmed cases, 83 deaths and 1.560 recoveries.

April updates

21/04/2020 update

As of today we have 1908  confirmed cases, 48 deaths and 801 recoveries.

10/04/2020 update

As of today we have 1495 confirmed cases, 21 deaths and 231 recoveries.

09/04/2020 update

As of today we have 1407 confirmed cases, 20 deaths and 219 recoveries.

08/04/2020 update

As of today we have 1343 confirmed cases, 19 deaths and 179 recoveries.

04/04/2020 update

As of today, we have 1126 confirmed cases, 10 deaths and 119 recoveries.

01/04/2020 update

As of today, we have 963 confirmed cases, 6 deaths, and 73 recoveries.

March updates

30/03/2020 update

As of today, we have 715 confirmed cases, 6 deaths, and 55 recoveries.

EDIT: We apologize for not updating our post on time. Our hometown Zagreb got hit by an earthquake. This event slowed our work for a couple of days.

26/03/2020 update

As of today, we have 481 confirmed cases, 1 death, and 22 recoveries. Zagreb is in a bad situation because of the earthquake that did some damage to hospitals and people needed to go outside to be safe. But keep in mind, government and doctors are doing their best to not let this tragedy affect our numbers.

19/03/2020 update

As of today, we have 105 confirmed cases, 0 deaths, and 5 recoveries.

17/03/2020 update

As of today we have 65 confirmed case, 0 deaths and 4 recoveries.

13/03/2020 update

As of today, we have 32 confirmed cases, 0 deaths, and 2 recoveries.

12/03/2020 update

As of today we have 19 confirmed cases, 0 deaths, and 2 recoveries.

All of the infected cases came back from countries with a bigger infected count such as: Italy, Germany and Austria.

11/03/2020 update

As of today we have 2 more confirmed cases.

The 1st one worked with the patient number 13 in Italy, and the second came back from skiing in Austria. Our death count is still at 0

10/03/2020 update

We have 13 cases of confirmed coronavirus patients in Croatia, and 0 deaths.

All the infected coronavirus patients are located in these 3 cities: Zagreb, VaraĹždin, and Rijeka.

The infected coronavirus patients either traveled to Italy or are a close contact of someone who’s traveled to Italy.

Croatia continues to test for coronavirus and is prepared for an outbreak.

Measures that were taken by the Croatian government that has an effect on weddings in Croatia as well as venues/vendors:

  • 04/04/2020 Many research shows that Croatia is doing an amazing job-fighting COVID. According to the Oxford research about measures taken by the government regarding the virus, Croatia is at the very top. We are incredibly proud because of this. You can read more about this here: https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/42423-croatia

  • 01/04/2020 – Even though this isn’t a government action, many vendors, venues and planners are working hard on connecting so our industry can respond as a community. Currently, our contracts are updated for future clients so we have pandemics covered. Most importantly, we are researching and preparing our staff, colleagues, and clients for all future scenarios.

March updates

  • 23/03/2020– Our government has taken action regarding small businesses, hopefully, these measures will help us and our colleagues to be able to continue with work once this is all over. Keep this in mind while booking vendors.

  • 19/03/2020 – Every “non-essential” business is to be closed. People are advised to stay in their homes. Weddings can be held only for a small number of people on private property.

  • 17/03/2020 – Croatia is getting ready for every scenario in the medical field. The staff is prepared, the hospitals are ready to take a big number of cases, and protect the other patients as much as possible.

  • 13/03/2020 – The government has declared an epidemic in Croatia. As of Monday, all schools, kindergartens, and colleges will be closed. Most people will work from home.

  • 12/03/2020 – The government has a scheduled meeting today to discuss further measures. The schools in the Istria region will no longer stay open as of Friday. Other than closing the schools in one region, and a measure of quarantine for travelers from countries with a high infected rate, all the other measures from the government have been suggestive other than mandatory.

  • 10/03/2020 – As of today, the Croatian government recommends that larger crowd gatherings (1.000 + people) are canceled, or that the hygienic standards are higher than usual on said events.

Coronavirus and its effect on weddings in Croatia

  1. No panic when it comes to destination weddings in Croatia that are scheduled from June onwards.
  2. The weddings scheduled for April and May are being postponed.
  3. Contact your planner, vendors, and venue to see options.
  4. Our recommendation is to postpone the wedding for a summer/autumn workday, offseason or 2021.
  5. If you’re keen on canceling your wedding, re-read your contracts regarding the return of funds.
  6. At this point, the Croatian government recommends that gatherings (including weddings) are canceled and rescheduled while we fight the virus.
  7. At this point, Croatia is hoping our summer season will happen at later start date. The predictions, for now, are mentioning June as a possibility.

The wedding is planned in the next two weeks while Croatia is on lockdown?

  • Weddings at this time are postponed. Our advice is to look for a date in a couple of months or for next year.
  • Moving your wedding to a workday would increase your chances of success to re-schedule your venue/vendors for the same day.
  • Hotels, restaurants, and other venues are closed. Be patient with the response time.

If you’re at the beginning stages of planning your wedding in Croatia

  • If you’re just at the beginning of the planning process for next year or 2022, there’s no reason to give up now. We don’t know how long this will last and it might blow over soon.
  • Book the desired vendors first since there is a lot of postponements happening 2021 is going to be a fully booked season. You can check some average prices for vendors here: https://www.tietheknotcroatia.com/post/wedding-vendors-in-croatia-prices/
  • Be patient with venues. Most of the venues are closed and their response time is slower. This gives you more time to research the perfect venue for you. While doing that, you can still start booking venues if you know where in Croatia you would like to get married.
  • Hiring, a wedding planner is more than recommended. You can check our planning prices here: https://www.tietheknotcroatia.com/post/wedding-planner-in-croatia-price/

Wedding insurance and Coronavirus

As of yesterday, most wedding insurance companies aren’t selling new policies.

Even if they did, no wedding insurance covers the coronavirus, yet.

Your best bet to keep your wedding safe is like we mentioned, negotiating contracts with venues/vendors. Our suggestion is, to negotiate a clause of possibly moving the date in case of coronavirus lockdown in Croatia or a travel ban from your country. The date should be moved so it accommodates the venue/vendor’s schedule, as well as yours.

It’s a lot of stress, and work but it will be worth it in the worst-case scenario.

The USA travel ban from Europe

The USA is forbidding to travel from Europe to the States. However, at this time Croatia is one of the few countries that this ban doesn’t apply to since it’s not a part of the Schengen.

If you have any questions or worries please contact us here: contact@tietheknotcroatia.com

If you want to be up to date on everything that’s going on in Croatia we recommend this site: https://www.total-croatia-news.com/

We will make sure to update this post as much as we can with news regarding the coronavirus and its effects on weddings in Croatia.