It was a year ago when Simran Grewal along with Anmol Sahota, her fiancé, began their wedding preparations for their special dream day. The couple came from Indian families but they are both residing in Sydney. They plan to have a traditional Indian wedding that lasts for four days – day one will be the pre-wedding, Henna party on day two, day three is the ceremony and the reception is on the fourth day. Couples who have wed before knows the cost of wedding caterer in Sydney thus this is a day that they cannot afford to cancel. Instead of tying the knot in Sydney, they decided to choose Bali with financial help from their respective families.
In the end, the Bali wedding did not happen because of the volcano eruption at Mount Agung. Flights going to their chosen venue have been cancelled and the couple was stranded in an airport in Kuala Lumpur. All of their wedding guests are also stranded somewhere since some are coming from Canada and America. They were forced to arrange a last minute simple wedding celebration in Sydney.
Grewal said that she belongs in a middle class family and most of their funds have already been spent in Bali. The couple paid over $70,000 to vendors based in Bali for their wedding and they might not be able to get a refund.
In the end, the couple tied the knot in a ceremony held in the north western part of Sydney with a reception held the following day.
The couple did not avail of insurance before the volcano warning so it will be impossible for them to gain back what they spent.
The volcano in Bali emitted ash cloud the week before the wedding thus flights from various carrier including Virgin, Jetstar and Qantas going to Bali have been cancelled.
In the end, they hired a wedding caterer in Sydney and got a two day ceremony for those who were able to fly in and attend. The same thing happened to a couple in Melbourne since their guests were not able to land in Denpasar.