Weddings in the era of COVID-19

Photography by Sean M. Hower (Maui Wedding Vacation Photography)

The start of 2020 began witha bang and a whole lot of promise. However, the pandemic quickly changed that and gave the entire world an unexpected shift of events. We, being a dressmaking and design studio, want to open up the conversation about weddings and the future of weddings in the era of covid-19. Share your thoughts or ideas in the comments below!

In 2019, the Hawaiian islands saw 20,058 weddings within one year. The Knot lists Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island as some of the best destination wedding locations. The average size of an American wedding is 167 people. The average wedding costs ranged from $27,000 to $44,000 between the years 2017 and 2018. So all of these numbers are to say, that for 1. Weddings are expensive! 2. Most weddings have over 100 people (not so easy to socially distance with crowds this big) and 3. Hawai’i ranks high on the list for destination wedding locations. 

Now, in the era of covid-19 when large crowds and numbers are not in the cards, and we are currently in a recession–and perhaps not trying to throw thousands of dollars into a wedding; how do we go about our dream weddings we once fantasized about? How do we make them just as special but without the large crowds and expenses? 

In re-imagining weddings and the future of weddings, our solutions are tiny weddings and elopements. Take the stress out of planning large and elaborate weddings and instead put it into making a beautifully, intimate wedding. Maybe it is simply just you and your partner, or maybe it is just your immediate family, maybe it is right in your backyard, or maybe it is in the jungles of Maui, on the slopes of Haleakalā, under the hidden waterfalls on Maui, or on the beach near the ocean. Suddenly when you downsize your wedding, the possibilities become infinite. Make your wedding day small, intimate, meaningful, and one that you can truly cherish and remember without all the extra stress.

Photography by Sean M. Hower (Maui Wedding Vacation Photography)

A client we worked with a few months ago, Priscilla, had a jungle elopement! Now that just sounds adventurous, beautiful, and exciting! Her wedding day looked surreal! We worked on her wedding dress for this beautiful elopement with her partner. Check out some photos from her elopement below. Photos by Sean M. Hower (Maui Wedding Vacation Photography). 

How are you reimaging your wedding during the pandemic? Comment your ideas below. And stay tuned for some more conversations and ideas about the future of weddings and some friends on Maui curating some dreamy tiny weddings.

 

References

https://wedding.report/index.cfm/action/wedding_statistics/view/market/id/15/idtype/s/location/Hawaii/

 https://www.theknot.com/content/best-destination-wedding-locations 

https://www.brides.com/gallery/american-wedding-study#:~:text=According%20to%20the%20Brides%20American%20Wedding%20Study%2C%20most%20weddings%20have,with%20the%20average%20being%20167

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