Saturday, November 27

Wedding Planners ‘Devastated’ As Peak Season Approaches

Wedding planners across the country are taking massive hits as their peak season begins.

The groom is putting a wedding ring on the finger of the bride

Photo: 123rf

This occurs when Auckland remains locked in and Alert Level 2 makes large meetings impossible.

Hawke’s Bay is a popular region for weddings, with its late hours of sunshine and variety of venues.

One place in the area, Meadowood, just invested around $ 100,000 in improvements, but was afraid they couldn’t get it back.

Emma Hadden of Meadowood

Emma Hadden of Meadowood
Photo: RNZ / Tom Kitchin

Owner Emma Hadden said this was “devastating.”

“It looks like we’re going to miss 75 percent of our October weddings, and that’s only one month, and who knows how long this is going to last?”

She said it was also difficult for couples.

“I’ve had so many girlfriends on the phone crying to me. At this stage in your planning process, it should be fun, rather than finishing with those last few details and actually it’s not fun, it’s the uncertainty, they just don’t know. if the weddings will go ahead “.

One of those girlfriends is Marcia Nelson, who should be down the aisle next week.

He had a guest list of around 140, but figured he might have to cut this down, which would be difficult.

“It’s a pretty awkward situation, where we don’t feel like we could wait until the last minute to notify guests, so we’ve basically had to pick some of our guests to kindly request if we’re still level two for the week next we would ask them not to attend our wedding. “

He thought that when the country closed, with just one case, it might be fine, but it had dragged on.

“When we started planning our wedding at the beginning of the year, we thought we would shake up Covid to some extent, although realistically we all knew it had a chance to lift its head, but it all happened quite well – all of a sudden I guess.”

Bex Tacon, owner of Planit Events

Bex Tacon, owner of Planit Events
Photo: RNZ / Tom Kitchin

It has also been a challenge for Bex Tacon from Planit Events, also at Napier.

“Unfortunately we had a number of cancellations; we had a very busy October booked that is now practically empty. In November we were faced with some Australian-based wedding cancellations that now can’t get enough of their family and friends here to get marry “.

She said companies in her field need support, as simple as a pat on the back or simply telling them they are doing a good job.

Some are taking advantage of restrictions to marry just a handful of guests.

Jo Toebosch of Dreamy Little Weddings in Havelock North had seen an increase in small wedding bookings, of around 10 people.

It was a surprise.

“We couldn’t figure out what actually started it, we thought it was our publicity at the time? But actually I think it was just during the closing and people were thinking ‘what should we do? And so on, we want to get married, so let’s do it. ”

But small weddings don’t solve the problem for larger venues.

Emma Hadden of Meadowood was asking the government not to forget about businesses like hers during this time.

‘Will the government support us just because we are not in Auckland? I think they should, I think they need to. Certainly the hospitality industry must be supported. They have hit us very hard. “

He said the wage subsidy and revival support payments for hospitality had to continue across the country when Auckland reached level two.

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