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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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Regardless of the L (the lesson, not loss) there's one thing that's for certain... Love is not canceled!!!
The overview: It sucks. Big time. BUT there are some Positives too!!! There's a silver lining to everything, right? Sometimes you just have to dig deeper in times like this! People are still getting married. In different and creative, definitely cheaper ways we hadn't thought of since before they put the social in "distancing" Lol.
A wedding dress is likely to be the most sentimental purchase a woman will make in her lifetime—if not one of them.
These gowns are regarded as heirlooms, regardless of the financial investment; and if you're considering passing it down one day for a future generation to wear as-is or utilize elements of, it should be preserved as a keepsake.
Discovering and exploring unique wedding locations for nearly-wed couples across Aotearoa New Zealand & the Pacific Islands is one of our favourite things to do. It helps us help you better as wedding planners, and event stylists, when we have a clearer scope of the project by visiting the proposed site.
There's no wonder we believe white and green-themed weddings will never go out of style. On the daily, we are constantly blessed to be submerged within inspiring hues of green, white and blue… And it never gets old.