I think everyone in the wedding industry will agree that 2020 has been written off. A few of us still have a few, small, weddings on our books, but we are all expecting them to be moving to next year in due course. This means that 2021 is already pretty much full for many venues and suppliers. So what does that mean for anyone still looking to plan a 2021 wedding?
It’s mid June, and usually I would be flat out with weddings, and also taking bookings for the following year. However, this year I’m flat out moving weddings from this year, and having to turn down bookings for next year due to the dates being taken. September 2021 is already almost full just with postponements, and I had to close May 2021 weeks ago.
I’m not alone. I‘m in regular contact with many other wedding industry professionals, and they are all saying the same.
It’s very frustrating at the best of times having to turn down clients, even more so as 2021 is really just 2020 over again, with just a few new couples who got booked in early on.
There is no doubt that 2020 will have a knock-on effect for the wedding industry for a long time to come. And we are all ‘pivoting’ (am I the only one who always thinks of that Friends episode with the sofa every time anyone says PIVOT?)
It’s heartening to see that couples are still planning 2021 weddings though, that gives us all hope. But, I have to say, you’d be better off waiting for 2022 unless you already have everything sorted.
The main reason is that, as I said, 2021 is going to be full of postponed 2020 weddings. It’s been heart-breaking for so many couples to watch all the months (even years) of planning be halted and thrown into confusion through no fault of their own. Thankfully I have been able to move all my couples over to their new 2021 wedding date, and I hope that continues with the few I have left.
If you want your dream wedding venue, and your pick of the best wedding suppliers, then 2022 will be your best option. Especially if you have big plans that you don’t want to compromise on.
However there are ways to have a 2021 wedding.
Firstly forget a Saturday wedding in the height of the season, April-September. Most of those have long gone for 2021, or will be going soon as more weddings are forced to move. And Fridays are not far behind.
Instead think about a weekday wedding. There are often financial benefits to this too, if that needs to be a consideration. Some venues offer better rates for weekday weddings, (although not all suppliers can). And hotel accommodation can also be cheaper for your guests that need it.
Think about an ‘out of season’ wedding. Although there isn’t really a wedding season these days like there used to be, there are the more popular months. April – September will be the busiest for weddings. So think about earlier or later. What about a Halloween, bonfire night or Christmas wedding? Christmas weddings can be magical. Or a Valentine’s Day wedding? You could even kick the new year off by getting married and having the mother of all New Years parties.
Scale it down. Another way to fit in a 2021 wedding would be to scale things down and think about a micro wedding. In fact I think micro and elopement weddings are going to be the next big trend. But, from the point of view of 2021 weddings, a micro wedding involves less work from all the suppliers. And so we are more likely to be able to fit them in around all the bigger weddings being moved.
That’s not to say you can’t then have a big party later. A small 2021 wedding and then a big vow renewal with everything you’ve dreamed of in 2022 as you 1st anniversary.
Don’t get me wrong.
I’m not trying to kill your 2021 wedding dreams. Not at all!! But I do want to keep it real. And the reality is that it’s getting harder and harder for couples to get all their wedding ducks in a row for next year.
Top tips if you’re starting to plan your wedding.
1/ Get good insurance! Some wedding venues are now insisting couples have wedding insurance before they book. And it’s a very good idea to have it.
2/ If you have your heart set on a certain time of year, or a Saturday wedding. And you don’t want to compromise on your choice of suppliers, or any aspect of your wedding. Then consider 2022 instead of 2021.
3/ If you can’t wait and want a 2021 wedding, then be prepared to compromise. Especially on the date.
4/ Be kind. The wedding industry is in turmoil and some business won’t recover. We are all doing everything we can to give you what you dream of.
5/ Be patient. A lot of businesses have had to furlough staff. And so it may take a little longer to get back to you.
6/ Don’t stress. You will get married, and it will be wonderful!
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