Intimate, personalised weddings are on the rise after COVID-19 put the industry on pause in 2020.
Elizabeth Hodson and Peter Lock got engaged in the middle of nationwide lockdowns and decided on a longer engagement to plan their ideal event.
"We knew that everyone would sort of be pushed back from last year and a lot of people have already arranged for weddings this year, so we're like, 'We'll go 2022'," Ms Hodson said.
The couple is planning to invite 90 of their closest family and friends to their autumn wedding to be held at Gold Greek Station. With many guests coming from Queensland, the thought of a snap lockdown was in the back of their minds.
Owner and manager of Annabel's Bridal Studio in Kingston, Misty Annabel, said the wedding gown store had seen a 40 per cent increase in weddings this year.
"I think there were a lot of engagements ... over the lockdown so now couples are finding dates that they can actually book in," Ms Annabel said.
Couples have been thinking outside the box when planning their perfect day, opting for weekday weddings and choosing more intimate reception venues such as restaurants, bars, distilleries and wineries.
As for the gowns, Ms Annabel's clients have been on the hunt for a dress with a unique personality.
"Feminine and A-line is quite popular at the moment, and sleeves, but definitely 'unique' is something that's coming through quite strongly each day we're hearing from brides, to have their own special look," she said.
Celebrant Debbie Taylor of Taylored Celebrations said couples were opting for smaller weddings and taking advantage of off-peak wedding dates.
"Normally in Canberra September-October through till April is a busy time. But I think the other thing is people are realising you can get married all year round, particularly if you're indoors, so there's times where it's not as busy and so therefore they can get the venue that they want much more easily," Ms Taylor said.
She said while the rustic, outdoor theme was very popular, every ceremony was different.
"People are actually focusing on what's most important to them now rather than, it's all about everything," she said.
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