Four Australian women launch drive-thru wedding business to allow couples to still get married

After launching this month, new Australian business I Do Drive Thru is giving couples the opportunity to get married in a quick, quirky way without breaking social distancing regulations during the coronavirus crisis.

Melbourne-based wedding and funeral celebrants Kate Morgan, Zena Lythgo, Mel Jacob and Klara McMurray devised the unique business model only three weeks ago, and have already received multiple booking inquiries from across the country.

The business was developed after the Australian Government imposed new regulations that limit weddings to only five people – indicating only the celebrant, the couple and two witnesses can attend.

‘Weddings are still an essential service, despite the current circumstances. Some people simply want to get married, but for others it’s more of a transactional approach that relates to visa approvals, wills or immigration reasons,’ Kate told FEMAIL.

After only launching a week ago, the new Australian business I Do Drive Thru is now giving couples the opportunity to get married in a quick, quirky way without breaking social distancing regulations during the coronavirus crisis

After only launching a week ago, the new Australian business I Do Drive Thru is now giving couples the opportunity to get married in a quick, quirky way without breaking social distancing regulations during the coronavirus crisis

After only launching a week ago, the new Australian business I Do Drive Thru is now giving couples the opportunity to get married in a quick, quirky way without breaking social distancing regulations during the coronavirus crisis

The business was developed after the Australian Government imposed new regulations that limit weddings to only five people – indicating only the celebrant, the couple and two witnesses can attend

The business was developed after the Australian Government imposed new regulations that limit weddings to only five people – indicating only the celebrant, the couple and two witnesses can attend

The business was developed after the Australian Government imposed new regulations that limit weddings to only five people – indicating only the celebrant, the couple and two witnesses can attend

The business model follows a Vegas-style elopement in which the happy couple arrives at a chosen location in their car to meet the celebrant and the two witnesses.

The couple remains in their car throughout the ceremony and the paperwork is passed through the window to be signed and confirmed – the couple also often bring their own pens.

Prices start at $400 for weekday wedding and couples can choose from three different ceremony packages depending on their budget and style, though the total price often don’t exceed $1,500. 

The I Do Drive Thru team have prepared multiple additional packages including florists, car hires and photography services, but the inclusion of a photographer counts as a witness. 

Couples can also choose to have the ceremony live streamed to family members back home.

The business model follows a Vegas-style elopement in which the happy couple arrives at a chosen location in their car to meet the celebrant and the two chosen witnesses

The business model follows a Vegas-style elopement in which the happy couple arrives at a chosen location in their car to meet the celebrant and the two chosen witnesses

The business model follows a Vegas-style elopement in which the happy couple arrives at a chosen location in their car to meet the celebrant and the two chosen witnesses

The business has launched in Melbourne and Adelaide and will soon arrive in Sydney. 

‘Not many people know that in Australia people can get married anywhere – at the beach, at the supermarket or in a driveway – but in other countries like England you have to get married in particular buildings,’ Kate said.

‘I think I Do Drive Thru gives couples the chance to do something different and quirky, and legally bind their love for one another.’

Couples have the option to choose from a range of stunning different locations including various beach and city scenes. 

'I think I Do Drive Thru gives couples the chance to do something different and quirky, and confirm their love for one another.'

'I think I Do Drive Thru gives couples the chance to do something different and quirky, and confirm their love for one another.'

‘I think I Do Drive Thru gives couples the chance to do something different and quirky, and confirm their love for one another.’ 

Co-founder Zena Lythgo also said a lot of people tend to focus on the details of the reception, rather than the ceremony, but I Do Drive Thru gives people the opportunity to plan the ceremony specifically and get creative.

‘Elopements are always fun – they’re creative, can be done nearly anywhere and you just focus on your partner and yourself,’ she said.  

In May 2019, prior to the coronavirus madness and the new business, Zena legally married a same-sex couple in the back of her van in a Lorne rainforest after it started raining heavily.  

She said the couple eloped because their two families were spread across the world and it would’ve been difficult to arrange a wedding. 

Zena Lythgo also said a lot of people tend to focus on the details of the reception, rather than the ceremony, but I Do Drive Thru gives people the opportunity to plan the ceremony specifically and get creative

Zena Lythgo also said a lot of people tend to focus on the details of the reception, rather than the ceremony, but I Do Drive Thru gives people the opportunity to plan the ceremony specifically and get creative

Zena Lythgo also said a lot of people tend to focus on the details of the reception, rather than the ceremony, but I Do Drive Thru gives people the opportunity to plan the ceremony specifically and get creative

Despite only launching a week ago, the business has had a positive reaction from both the public and the media, with additional people wanting to know more about the business every day. 

Kate said above all else love prevails, even during difficult times like the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Starting tomorrow, there will be couples saying ‘I do’ in the backseat of their car – which the four celebrants are very excited about.

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