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  • Writer's pictureChristina Mackay

Love in the Time of Covid

Updated: Nov 1, 2021

I fully understand if you feel like the fun and sparkle has been taken out of your wedding plans. There is nothing quite like the excitement generated in the build-up to a wedding. I know I’m really missing working with couples and sharing in the excitement and buzz around officiating a full wedding ceremony.

To be honest, I really thought we might have made it through to the other side by now… but at L3 S1: weddings can still go ahead albeit on a much smaller scale. So, I thought I would elaborate on the micro, mini, small, tiny, wedding ideas that I talked about in my September blog because the only thing at the moment that is certain is uncertainty.

We are all having to change the way we operate and flip the coin and whilst it is often hard to shift our vision from the dream wedding, we imagined, couples can still commit to each other in a meaningful and memorable way and save the celebrations with family and friends for a later date.

So here is a small offering on a mini wedding with a particular focus on some options and ideas for couples that are engaged but are not currently engaged in the wedding process because of the current situation.

These may be options for you to consider whilst you keep your sights on the prize, and your positivity upbeat into the future when larger gatherings are allowed.

In other words marry now and party with family and friends later!

Whilst you have to specify the venue or location for your wedding it can be anywhere, in a public garden, at the beach, a park or in your own or your families or friends, back yard. Just bear in mind that you will need to check on the Auckland website for parks and beaches that require permits for weddings.

So, let’s explore the current Auckland L3 Step1 options starting with the benefits.



Tying the knot in your garden or backyard means you can keep the ceremony really simple and intimate at L3 Step1: The numbers are limited to 10 people with mask wearing recommended. The benefits mean you can either spend more or save more. The choice is yours!

If you want to spend more, you can definitely go all out on flowers, food, bridal wear and you can engage a really good videographer and photographer, or the flip side is that you spend less and save the money for a larger gathering event when the covid situation allows. Just remember there is always a Brightside and there are numerous ways to make it memorable with the location being one of them.

There is always the option to have your ceremony in the great outdoors and there are some amazing locations around Tamaki Makaurau, where you can marry that can be followed by a picnic or take it back home for a more private soiree.

So here are some of my personal faves:

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Britomart Precinct

If you are after a city vibe then I reckon the historical Britomart precinct offers a rich dynamic scape with some super cool backdrops that you can really make your own. Starting with the Pavilions area the streets are lined with fairy lights that in the cool of the twilight zone and surrounded by the amazing plantings you can really create some magic.

However, if you are after the wide-open spaces then out over to the park area and within the arcade you will find the incredible living wall an ideal backdrop to say, “I do” and then there’s always the magic of Tyler Street with its cool buildings and fairy light magic…

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Britomart Precinct

And if that’s not your vibe then check out the downtown Quay Street waterfront development Te Wananga… which offers a rich visual history linking our past to the now and future, so if that’s important to you then this could be the ideal spot to tie the knot, with an ocean harbour backdrop.

*Once again just check the Auckland council website for any permits that may be required.

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Cornwall Park

And if none of the above is spinning your wheels or it’s a little too busy, then there is always the historic Auckland Domain with the winter Garden as a backdrop or the iconic Cornwell Park which has seen many a ceremony over the years with the historic trees and plantings that provide a magnificent canopy to say, “I do”.

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Point Chevalier

And of course, there is the stunning urban beaches of Point Chevalier, Herne Bay, Devonport, Mission Bay, Takapuna which all offer amazing scenic backdrops with secluded areas to keep your special day intimate and real.

However, if you want to venture beyond Auckland Central there is always the natural beauty of Piha and Bethells beach which is an all-time fave for wedding couples and let’s not forget the wonderful Wunderholm Beach and surroundings that make for a very special wedding environment.

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Bethells Beach

Just a Reminder of what is doable in the “I do” wedding world for when we move into the Traffic Light System.


Weddings can go ahead for up to 100 people with 1m distancing but only with Vaccination Certificates.

Weddings can still go-ahead for unvaccinated couples and guests however, they will be limited to 10 max.

And of course, face coverings will be encouraged.


The big plus for Orange is that no regional boundary restrictions apply, which is a huge relief for wedding couples.

Otherwise limit on numbers remains at 100.


Thunderbirds are go!!!

No boundary restrictions.

No limit on numbers although Vaccination Certificates apply.

Note: If you do not want proof of a vaccine then gatherings are limited to 100 and 1m physical distancing apply.

Hospitality can open up to 100 seated and separated.


Please Note

I am a fully vaccinated celebrant, however, I am also a grandmother to two little grandsons, and I am very mindful of how I operate in this celebrant sphere. Therefore I hope you accept my right to only marry couples that are fully vaccinated along with wedding guests that carry vaccinated certificates.

Celebrate love and life, so if you have recently dropped a knee and put a ring on it then I’d love to hear about your wedding plans so let's chat.

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Christina Mackay.


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