Again I am a bit behind on my blog posting for 2020. The end of the year was a whirlwind… wedding date changes, venue changes and more kept us quite busy! Hailey and Andrew’s wedding was supposed to take place at Boettcher Mansion in September, but because that venue is ran by the county when Covid hit it was also one of the last venues to open back up. Couples with plans at any government ran facility were the hardest hit due to mandates that regulated the amount of guests that could be had at smaller venues. I was willing to change things around for them, but they really wanted to host their event on their planned date and because I knew Willow Ridge Manor had been able to stay open I sent them over to Gregory and Lawrence. Luckily, there had been another couple that canceled on their date and they were able to move their event one town over to this facility. It ended up being a beautiful day with special touches that really personalized the event. The couple’s grandparents were musicians so they provided a song during the ceremony and also performed during the cocktail hour. The couple even rented a classic white Ford Mustang for the day which was a great addition to their wedding photos and a lot of fun! Having the car all day also made it easier to do more photos with the vehicle throughout the day instead of just at the end during the send off. It was a pleasure working with you both! Best wishes. ~Jamie
Vendors who made this day possible:
Venue – Willow Ridge Manor
Caterer – Colorado Catering Company
Alcohol Provider – Applejack Liquor
Ceremony Music – Pianist – Jimmy West
Reception Music – Guitarist – Jeff Matchette
Photography – Crystaline Photography & Video
Video – Miranda Adame Productions
When two people are really in love it’s hard to not to enjoy photographing them because the chemistry just smolders in camera! Taylor and Sam both said they felt like they weren’t super photogenic. I said hogwash! We got some beautiful rustic mountain photos at one of my favorite locations to do photos at and the rest they say is history! After spending the morning with them I’m really looking forward to their fall wedding this year! it’s going to be a blast!
Since 2020 was a really tough year for not only couples planning a wedding, but for those servicing those events I thought I would do a post about planning an event this year and into 2022 to help couples still navigating these uncertain times. We were very lucky last year to be able to provide services to all but two wedding that had booked with us which is amazing because I talked to another photographer at a wedding we only did video for and she said she lost nearly 70% of her business last year! Wow! I watched a few really amazing catering companies go under and a few DJs decide to do something else for a living. So not all of us weathered the storm. I’m not going to lie, it was an extremely stressful time for Mike and I and our two businesses. But we survived by being willing to work with our couples! We were able to switch wedding dates for no additional fees, cover downsized events and even picked up a few last minute elopements. Mike and I were both really, really grateful for the clients we had over 2020 and are looking forward to servicing those that re-booked in 2021 as well as new clients! That brings me to the first hurdle newly engaged couples have in planning a wedding right now. They are having to cope with finding an open and available date with vendors for both 2021 and now going into 2022. Since many 2020 couples pushed their dates into 2021 and some couples who were planning to do their wedding either last year or this year decided they wanted to push their date even further into 2022 it’s getting harder to find available vendors. We’re already booking dates into next year! Prime weekend dates are sure to go faster then they have in previous years and if you choose a special date like one that is a palindrome or just a cool date with some significance or holiday even more so. If you are just in the beginning stages of planning here are some of the more popular dates that you might just want to avoid because of their popularity which may make planning and booking vendors more difficult:
Popular Wedding Dates 2021
- Friday, January 1, 2021 (1-1-21) – New Year’s Day
- Friday, February 12, 2021 (2-12-21) – Chinese New Year (Year of the Ox)
- Saturday, February 13, 2021 (2-13-21) – Valentine’s Day Weekend
- Sunday, February 14, 2021 (2-14-21) – Valentine’s Day
- Saturday, April 3, 2021 (4-3-21) – Countdown Date
- Saturday, May 29, 2021 (5-29-21) – Memorial Day Weekend
- Saturday, September 4, 2021 (9-4-21) – Labor Day Weekend
- September and October are the most popular months to get married during this year in Colorado! We’re almost completely filled!
- Saturday, October 2, 2021 (10-2-21) d
- Saturday, October 9, 2021 (10-9-21)
- Saturday, October 16, 2021 (10-16-21)
- Saturday, October 23, 2021 (10-23-21)
- Saturday, October 30, 2021 (10-30-21)
- Sunday, October 31, 2021 (10-31-21) – Halloween
- Friday, December 31, 2021 (12-31-21) – New Year’s Eve
Palindrome Dates 2021
Palindromes are words or numbers that are the same forwards and backward, like “9/1/19” or “racecar”. Since these are easy to remember, they are very popular dates to get married on.
- Wednesday, January 20, 2021 (1-20-21)
- Thursday, January 21, 2021 (1-21-21)
- Friday, January 22, 2021 (1-22-21)
- Saturday, January 23, 2021 (1-23-21)
- Sunday, January 24, 2021 (1-24-21)
- Monday, January 25, 2021 (1-25-21)
- Tuesday, January 26, 2021 (1-26-21)
- Wednesday, January 27, 2021 (1-27-21)
- Thursday, January 28, 2021 (1-28-21)
- Friday, January 29, 2021 (1-29-21)
- Wednesday, December 1, 2021 (12-1-21)
- Saturday, December 11, 2021 (12-11-21)
- Wednesday, December 22, 2021 (12-22-21)
Popular Wedding Dates 2022
- Saturday, January 1, 2022 (1-1-22) – New Year’s Day
- Sunday, February 13, 2022 (2-13-22) – Valentine’s Day Weekend
- Monday, February 14, 2021 (2-14-22) – Valentine’s Day
- Friday, April 1, 2022 (4-1-22) – April Fool’s Day
- Saturday, May 28, 2022 (5-28-22) – Memorial Day Weekend
- Saturday, September 3, 2022 (9-3-22) – Labor Day Weekend
- Again, September and October are the most popular months to get married in Colorado! We typically fill these first even before June dates!
- Saturday, October 1, 2022 (10-1-22)
- Saturday, October 8, 2022 (10-8-22)
- Saturday, October 15, 2022 (10-15-22)
- Saturday, October 22, 2022 (10-22-22)
- Saturday, October 29, 2022 (10-29-22)
- Saturday, December 31, 2022 (12-31-22) – New Year’s Eve
Palindrome Dates 2022
- Thursday, February 2, 2022 (2-2-22)
- Sunday, February 20, 2022 (2-20-22)
- Monday, February 21, 2022 (2-21-22)
- Tuesday, February 22, 2022 (2-22-22)
- Wednesday, February 23, 2022 (2-23-22)
- Thursday, February 24, 2022 (2-24-22)
- Friday, February 25, 2022 (2-25-22)
- Saturday, February 26, 2022 (2-26-22)
- Sunday, February 27, 2022 (2-27-22)
- Monday, February 28, 2022 (2-28-22)
Once you get your date figured out and have booked your venue the next step is figuring out your other vendors. Make a list of what’s most important to you and your budget for each and then start with the most important ones and the ones that are quicker to fill up such as caterers, photographers and music. Some companies can service more than one event on a weekend while others can not, so it’s good to find vendors early and with so many couples competing for dates right now it’s not a bad idea to book right away even if it’s two years out!
Next, almost all vendors had to deal with Covid changing event plans for their clients this last year and because of this have had to re-vamp their cancellation or re-booking policy. Before 2020 couples would pay their deposit and know that if they had to cancel their event for any reason they would be losing all of the money they had paid towards the venue and the services they booked. When the government created a mandatory shut-down of events due to the pandemic everyone had to come to terms with not being able to host an event even if they wanted to. Some companies were understanding and others were not. So the big thing in 2021 is to read the fine print and discuss cancellation policies with each and every vendor you hire. Understand that once you book a business for a specific date that it most cases it comes off the calendar anyone else. Dates are often booked months in advance and re-booking them becomes more and more difficult the closer you cancel to the date which is the reason for no refunds. It doesn’t hurt to ask a vendor you are considering about their cancellation/re-booking policies and asking if they are flexible. For us we’ve decided to allow couples to re-book with no additional fees as long it’s a mutually agreed upon date and done within a year. A cancellation is a forfeiture of monies paid, but we’re not holding anyone to final payments as we have in the past and we’re still working with couples to do planned photo-shoots or elopements in lieu of the big wedding to give them something for what they’ve already paid for. We’ve split payments up to make this a bit easier and so couples would be out less money if they decide to just completely cancel their event. Since we’d really, really like to provide the services you paid us for we’re willing to do everything we can to work around changing dates during the pandemic.
Consider vendors that provide more than one service for your wedding to make it easier on yourself. It’s going to be a lot easier rescheduling services if you only have to make one call instead of five. Since my company provides: photo, video and photo-booth services and my husband’s is a disc jockey we often do events together. So this also means that we also have a lot of the same dates open together as well (not always, but better chances). If you have photo, video, photo-booth and DJ booked with us and have to reschedule it’s one call to me and we should be able to find a date that works for both you and us!
Wedding planners are telling couples to consider making 2 or 3 different sized guest lists so that you can easily pivot to what ever sized list you have to go with due to mandates in your area. Or just consider a smaller wedding from the start. Since we ended up covering a lot of intimate weddings in 2020 I can definitely say there are some advantages to having a smaller guest count. The first being you should be able to save some money on your catering bill. Less mouths to feed means less money to spend. Less guests also means you will have more time to spend with the ones that can attend. Weddings are a whirlwind and extra time with the ones you love is never a bad thing. If you are set on having a large 100+ person event then depending on your venue’s capacity you may just want to consider hosting your event in 2022 or later.
Should you require your wedding guests to either provide vaccine proof or take a Covid test before they attend your event? I covered one wedding last year where the couple was so conscious of everyone’s health that they asked all of their guests to take a test two weeks before the wedding and then to basically quarantine before the big day! If a person wasn’t “Ok” with doing that then they were asked not to attend the wedding. While this sounds kind of like an over kill because what kind of world do we live in where you have to take a test before you can attend an event? But that wedding was one of the more relaxed and fun events I covered last year. Because in reality it is hard to feel safe in a large crowd right now and especially after the masks come off. And they will come off when everyone sits down to eat and drink and then they are probably not going back on after that (from what I’ve seen covering many pandemic weddings in 2020).
If you’re not sure where to even begin with this request, remember two things. First, when it comes to a wedding, the couple sets the tone. Second, by setting very clear, very firm rules that prioritize health and safety you are actually doing people a favor. For your guests you are removing the guess work. By being clear and upfront about the Covid-19 Safety policy for your wedding you are saving your loved ones the mental gymnastics of “What does a wedding right now even look like?” You’re telling them what your wedding looks like and then they get to decide if that works for them or if they would prefer to celebrate your wedding in a different capacity (online, zooming, sending a card, etc.).
Setting this boundary also has another huge upside. Rather than feeling awkward and sad in a room of 100 people without masks and without tests, The couple gets to experience the same privilege of a couple who got married before COVID. They would actually get to enjoy their own wedding day and not worry that their decisions may have put someone in the hospital or at worst killed them.
Wedding favors have become masks personalized with the couple’s wedding date, individual bottles of hand sanitizer at the place settings and even color coded wrist bands that tell the other guests the level of interaction with other guests that they are comfortable in sharing. All things you can do to help provide a safe event.
Whatever you decide to do for your 2021 wedding just know that people love and support you and will do everything that they can to support your decision to get married and celebrate with you in whatever capacity that they can. We’re so happy that vaccines have been opened up to anyone wanting one in Colorado. Mike and I just got our first dose and will be getting our second at the end of April! And our excited to be covering all of the events we have scheduled for this year! Best wishes with all of your wedding planning!