A marketing and PR wedding specialist says the easing of COVID-19 lockdowns has seen an upswing in enquiry for wedding events.
Carissa Dwyer from Mid North Coast Weddings says most brides and grooms were now booking their big day for 2021.
She says this is especially the case for couple's looking at more than 50-plus guests.
"Without speaking directly with venues, they would have done their absolute best to reschedule weddings during the lockdown," she said.
"I really thought we would see brides and grooms raising their concerns but everyone appears to be really positive about what happened.
"Port Macquarie and the wider Mid North Coast are ideal regions to host weddings.
"And I think couple's want to get married in their home region with their family and friends around them.
"As far as I can tell - from feedback - while brides have been disappointed, they have managed the situation."
The marketing specialist said weddings were particularly hard-hit during the pandemic.
The trend now is bring family and friends together for your ceremony . It is a real celebration.Carissa Dwyer
She pointed to a southern Sydney ceremony at Stanwell Tops on March 6 where 37 guests contracted coronavirus that showed the impact the virus could have a wedding event.
Ms Dwyer said many couples were moving to a more informal setting for their big day.
"And our area is perfect to host that kind of function too," she said.
"The trend now is bring family and friends together for your ceremony . It is a real celebration."
Kathy Rogers operates Creative Flowers at Clifton Shops and says enquiries are picking up following the easing of the lockdown.
"We are certainly receiving enquiry from wedding parties but more broadly speaking, the business is certainly picking up," she said.
"This (increase in enquiry) will only get stronger as we move into the warmer months.
"I think the public deserves some thanks for getting in and supporting local business too.
"If that continues I think the local economy will only get better," she said.
A well-known marriage celebrant says the difference between her work during and following COVID-19 restrictions was stark.
Margo Smith said her business would normally see about half a dozen enquiries each week.
During COVID-19 that dropped to just two enquiries in two months.
"During the lockdown phase, wedding event planning simply stopped dead in its tracks," she said.
"Nobody was thinking ahead. Everyone was just so unsure and uncertain about the future.
Nobody was thinking ahead. Everyone was just so unsure and uncertain about the future.Margo Smith
"It was almost a siege mentality took over."
However, with the easing of restrictions on June 1, the enquiry rate has skyrocketed.
"There is definitely an upswing in enquiry," she said. "Before (COVID-19) it was nothing for me to do five weddings on a weekend.
"I am also now taking bookings for Easter next year and also for 2022.
"There were still cancellations for October and November weddings but that was because the couple getting married could not have their overseas family or friends attending."
Ms Smith said couples are still wanting certainty about their wedding going ahead.
The marriage celebrant said she performed just two weddings under lockdown restrictions: one was where the father could only walk his daughter down the aisle before immediately leaving.
We have been quite lucky to not have to move the wedding.Brodie Hyde
Port Macquarie couple Brodie Hyde and Dave O'Hara plan to marry in November and admit they had some concerns when COVID-19 restrictions came into force.
"We have been quite lucky to not have to move the wedding," Brodie said.
"The majority of our bookings were made prior to COVID-19 and everything seems to be reasonably on track.
"But we did have some uncertainty around the event due to the coronavirus but we are confident the wedding will go ahead."
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