You just got engaged. Congratulations! However, you might want to consider booking your 2021 wedding at any California wedding venue in 2022 instead – and here are some reasons why.
- Thousands of engaged couples have postponed their wedding into 2021 because of Covid, meaning there are limited dates available at the best wedding venues.
- Research indicates that the government restrictions imposed on gatherings may not be over in 2021. Couples and their guests will need to follow the ever-changing guidelines. If you don’t want your wedding day to be limited by the government’s restrictions, 2022 or 2023 provides a safer bet for the wedding celebration you envision.
- There are many ways you can celebrate your love in the meantime.
- Be cautious. Some California wedding venues that are eager to book your wedding in 2021 could be in dire need of funds right now. We can attest that 2020 has been challenging for all venues including ours, but Mountain House Estate isn’t going anywhere. This is our home and we’re here for the long run. The pandemic has resulted in many wedding venues closing their doors forever and there are California wedding venues listed for sale right here…what happens to your wedding day if you book at a venue that sells to a new owner(s)?
- We do have a couple of weekend dates available in 2021 if you really want to be married in 2021. However, we encourage you to look into 2022 and 2023 for your celebration in order to keep your wedding experience stress-free.
Planning a wedding is downright exhausting. Now with Covid in the mix, wedding planning becomes more complicated. Engaged couples can get consumed by their wedding planning in the weeks, months, and years leading up to the big day. Selecting a California wedding venue, catering, wedding photographer, wedding planner, and all the details, such as your first dance song, may take up all of your free time as the big day gets closer.
Countless couples like you were within arms reach of their wedding day, but then Covid took over. Now, many couples are looking at the ever-changing governmental guidelines, and are wondering what to do with their 2021 wedding date.
The majority of couples who had to postpone their 2020 weddings have rescheduled for 2021.
As Covid hit, many couples were forced to reschedule or postpone their wedding. At Mountain House Estate, many of our couples opted for a date in 2021, knowing that they may have to modify their wedding (guest count, masks, etc.). It’s a touchy subject, and we feel so much empathy for our wedding couples because of Covid.
Postponing or rescheduling isn’t automatic. It also means discussing the new date with the wedding vendors you’ve selected. Are they available? Many are fully booked for 2021, and some, sadly, no longer are in business.
Although there is a vaccine on the way, it doesn’t automatically make public gatherings safe. Some parts of our lives may go back to normal sometime in 2021, but who knows exactly when that might happen. Large gatherings may still have restrictions of one type or another. The vaccine may be as easily accessible as the flu vaccine at some point, but there’s no way to plan for when that will be. We have no idea when, but it may be months before the average person can easily access a vaccine that has been safely tested. And what if you have guests coming from other countries?
Everything about planning your wedding, from your bouquet to the cake cutting knife, is scheduled and prepared in advance, and right now, planning is changing with every new guideline announced.
That’s why we think it’s in your best interest to hold off until 2022 or 2023 to host your wedding.
You can still celebrate your love in the meantime.
From minimonies to microweddings, to sequel weddings and shift weddings, click here to learn some ways you can celebrate your love until the pandemic is over.
Couples who still plan to get married in 2021 despite the unpredictable nature of Covid can take precautions to protect themselves and their guests. We strongly recommend that you look into wedding insurance; be sure to check to see if you can work with a provider to create a custom plan. This is not legal advice, just a recommendation.
If you want to see a few more ways to make a 2021 wedding safer, check out this article we mentioned earlier.
Keep your wedding safe with an outdoor ceremony, and don’t risk having a backyard or AirBnB wedding.
Some wedding couples think if they have their wedding on private property, a backyard, AirBnB, or anywhere else that is not a legally permitted wedding venue, they won’t fall under the state guidelines and restrictions. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The guidelines are for everyone in California, no matter where you are. Hefty fines have been levied on many wedding couples and property owners for people not following the restrictions.
Have you considered how you would feel if your wedding became a mass spreader event? Not only would you be concerned about your wedding guests long term health, but also about the legal and financial liabilities that may follow you into your marriage. We’d much rather see your wedding celebration in the local news for being a wonderful family event, than a tragic story of a loved one who didn’t survive.
Like buffets or greeting lines, some aspects of weddings probably aren’t a good idea until there’s a vaccine and herd immunity. But if you do proceed in 2021, your wedding planner and vendors can help you adjust your wedding to fit the guidelines and keep your guests safe. Just ask, we’ve read the rules (and will provide them to you) and can help you have a safe wedding day with this “new normal”.
Even if it feels impossible or seems like there is no end in sight, things will eventually return to the normal we all remember – weddings with dancing, singing, reception lines, buffet tables full of goodies. Try to look for silver linings even if you feel disheartened. After all, you are with your soulmate, and you have the rest of your lives to look forward to.
And if you are open to moving your wedding into 2022 and 2023, you’ll have more time to plan and create the wedding of your dreams.
Here are a few more thoughts about why a 2022 or 2023 wedding might be the best for you.
You and your partner can focus on what you love about each other during this time by forcing yourself to get creative and find ways to celebrate your love daily. Even if you are staying at home together and working on the same couch, find some spare moments to share “quality time” together. We rely on our partners and each other more than ever in these unprecedented times.
Whether you get married in 2022 or 2023, people will be so much more excited to attend when they don’t have to be concerned about the pandemic. When people are allowed to socialize again, it will make these gatherings all the more special.
Society needs socialization, like weddings, more than anything, but we have to be safe and patient. We are inspired every day by the couples we get to meet and watch as their love grows from their wedding day to their growing families. And that’s why we want to make sure you have the best wedding experience possible.
Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions and share your ideas for your wedding celebration with us.