July 26, 2022 7 min read

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the most unprecedented time of our existence. 

It served us with so much uncertainty. We craved for our normal regular lives!

 

All we could really do was hold it together, “wear a mask”, and try to make sense of our being.  Just like people everywhere, our own engaged couples were engrossed in aligning their derailed lives too! Especially when it came to wedding plans – what a mission. The usual wedding jitters were suddenly replaced with butterflies of uncertainty and the endless muddle of rescheduling was straining to say the least!

Thankfully, with all of us getting back to some sort of routine, the wedding season seems to be getting back into full swing again, yay! We’re busier than ever, but the COVID-19 pandemic definitely had its impacts.

As professional wedding planners we assure you, there are several factors that are bound to change.  Here are some COVID POSITIVE (pun intended) predictions that the wedding industry may witness post the infamous pandemic.

 

OUR 5 PREDICTIONS FOR WEDDINGS POST-COVID:
  1. Destination Weddings are the ultimate goal because of the COVID-19 pandemic!
  2. People want to get married, RIGHT. NOW.
  3. Live Streaming is a MUST-HAVE!
  4. Enlisting Professional Wedding Planners, like us, are worth their weight in gold!
  5. There will be less Divorce than ever before!

 

Your day, your way!

 

1. DESTINATION WEDDINGS ARE THE ULTIMATE GOAL BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC!

 

Teuila and Leonale | Picture Credit: 📸: @zemanandco

 

As a general consensus the feeling of wanderlust has never been stronger! People can’t wait to get away, and you can’t keep us locked down any longer. The travel industry wants to get back on track, and adventurers want to explore!

What's more, engaged couples want to have a combined all-in-one wedding/honeymoon experience they'll never forget; even more than before! For some this means a destination wedding!  Who doesn’t like a getaway? Somewhere with your favorite people celebrating life, your love for each other, laughing, crying, and laugh-crying, through one of the best experiences of your life. It doesn’t get any better than that! Add in some breathtaking backdrops, and you’ve got yourself a winner.

To be honest, we are so glad. This is our specialty, we love this vibe, because Destination Weddings are the best! This is especially true, when you’re celebrating your wedding in New Zealand or the Pacific Islands AND the logistics are SUPER smooth too! The latter is a must for smooth sailing into holy matrimony.

PRO TIP: When thinking about hosting and celebrating your union with a Destination Wedding, also think about hiring a wedding planner, like us, so your stress will be less! This is not only shameless promotion, but also sound advice and professional recommendation for novice brides and grooms. You can thank us later.

 

2. PEOPLE WANT TO GET MARRIED. RIGHT NOW!

 

Wedding party at Wedding She Wrote | Picture Credit: 📸: @zemanandco

 

We are getting more bookings, and good suppliers, like us, are being booked well in advance. Elopements and different style wedding celebrations, like surprise weddings, are showing up more often too! We’re finally getting back to the good stuff; back to living life to the fullest!

Life milestones are the BEST and they deserve to be celebrated with those that you love and respect on your special day. We love helping create opportunities to connect and reconnect.

Creating joy for brides & grooms on one of the biggest and best days of their lives, are the moments we LIVE for as a wedding planner! Besides, why wouldn’t you want to celebrate MORE after making it through ‘the wilderness’ of lockdowns, COVID-19 and a freaking debilitating pandemic.

The time to celebrate love and life is NOW. Get organized with Auckland’s Premier Wedding Designer & Planner, Wedding She Wrote, that’s us!  Put your plans into action today and make your own dreams come true.

 

3. LIVE STREAMING IS A MUST HAVE! 

 

Pre-wedding photography |  Photo by Paul Pastourmatzis on Unsplash

 

Let’s face it, people love weddings and they want to be there for the celebration… We understand. But do you really want everyone to attend? More importantly, do you really want to pay for them all? Lol.  Live Streaming your wedding is the PERFECT solution to saving costs (and cutting your guest list IN HALF)!

Social distancing normalized Live Streaming Wedding Videos. This is super cool as a few years ago, nobody was ready for it, or couples felt that it was more of a luxury item than a necessity at the time.  It was very rare for people to invest in wedding video, back then, and sometimes even today, let alone live streaming video. And fair enough, weddings are expensive as it is! But please, let’s not skimp on video! If you can’t afford a wedding videographer, then you should livestream your wedding at the very least, for your memories sake.

Post-COVID, live streaming your wedding is a must-have! With the accessibility we have these days, connecting with family and friends over the internet has never been easier! Live streaming your wedding day is such a cool and accessible way to connect.

After all the Zoom meetings and video calls during the pandemic, everyone and their kid knows that free live stream video exists! This is awesome for the advancement of wedding video and an affordable option for anyone to enjoy, no matter your budget, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Livestreaming is the new normal!

 

4. ENLISTING PROFESSIONAL PLANNERS, LIKE US, ARE WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD!

 

Wedding Planning Notepad | Photo by Paico oficial on unsplash

 

With the pandemic and COVID being the 4-letter C word it was, #IYKYK, navigating wedding and event planning through that period, was super deflating and crazy for everyone involved!  Now with that whole ordeal slowly phasing out, and almost behind us, nearly-wedsnowadays don’t have to worry too much about the COVID-19 protection frameworks! Lucky!

But chances are no matter the season, nearly-weds all over the world will run into more than their fair share of bumps and hurdles during their wedding planning journey; even without a pandemic! And you know what… It’s normal, but you don’t have to suffer.

By enlisting a New Zealand Wedding Planner, like us, you’ll be glad you invested in hiring a professional wedding design & planning team to help you stay on track, save money, time, and get you through to celebrating your big day in style!

After your wedding experience, as you’re reminiscing on your wedding day and wedding planning journey, you’ll wonder how people can actually plan and execute seamless and stylish weddings without a professional wedding planner! It’s hard work and definitely not for the faint hearted.

Wedding She Wrote has had tremendous experience in the wedding industry and we vouch to make your day the most memorable one! Create something truly exclusive just for your with our Wedding Package Builder, and lock in our services for your wedding date today.

 

Wedding She Wrote >>> Other Wedding Planners

 

Couple holding hands | Picture Credit: Photo by Alvin Mahmudov on Unsplash

 

 

5.  THERE WILL BE LESS DIVORCE THAN EVER BEFORE!!! 

 

Statistics show that there's less divorce in the community. Fantastic! And we have to agree with divorce trending down! We definitely hear more about weddings than divorces in our circles, and it’s not just us being biased as wedding planners because love and marriage is our primary business.

There were 6,372 divorces granted by the family courts in 2021, the lowest annual number of divorces since 1979, said Stats NZ.  In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the divorce rate was 6.2 divorces per 1,000 estimated existing marriages, the lowest since the law changed in 1981 making it easier for couples to divorce.

This divorce rate is similar to 1974 levels, when it was 6.4 divorces per 1,000 marriages.  Does this mean society is valuing marriage more? Or perhaps couples are just not getting married enough?

For us, we think this result is due to the median age of marrying in New Zealand being 30.8 years for women & 32.5 years for men. Rather than low divorce rates being a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Getting married in your thirties, in theory, would inspire better decision making, right? With a focus on “choosing the right partner” to spend the rest of your life with.  Regardless, it’s good to see that marriage has become more intentional and that divorce is becoming a thing of the past. Thank goodness.

 

Love. Laughter. Happily ever after!

 

Beautiful Wedding Rings | Picture Credit: 📸: @zemanandco

 


Wedding Planning Well-Being Test!

  1. Have you found yourself scrolling Pinterest and Instagram late at night looking for wedding inspiration?
  2. Do you feel somewhat addicted to the action of scrolling?
  3. Do you find yourself comparing other people’s weddings to your potential wedding because of what you’ve seen on social media?

    If you answered YES to any of these questions, you might be on your way to being a detail-obsessed Bridezilla! And you deserve better than that. Lol.

 

Your love story is unique, so incorporate elements that fill you with joy and are uniquely you.  Don’t let social media dictate what you include in your wedding as you can quickly go down a dark rabbit hole trying to make your wedding ‘Insta-perfect’.

 

As professional wedding planners, we want to leave you with some #wordsofwisdom that might help you overcome this obsession:

  1. Your wedding guests don’t actually care about the details as much as you do. They’re just so grateful to be able to share this special once-in-a-lifetime moment with you!
  2. Pinterest can be misleading at times.  A lot of what you see on there regarding wedding decorations and table settings are styled shoots, that can be impractical in real life. Once your wedding guests seated, and food and drink is added to the table, for the most part, there is no space for too much extra or all the little details that you think might be important for your wedding reception.
  3. At the end of the day, do what feels right and makes you happy, you don’t need to follow the latest trends to create a timeless and amazing wedding experience!

Leave a comment or share this post if this blog can help someone you know, and click here to read our previous blog on the COVID-19 Pandemic!

     

     

    Teuila Benioni
    Teuila Benioni

    Founder & Creative Director


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