Updated: Nov 21, 2020
Couples eyeing a date in 2021 should act soon, experts are saying.
“We are almost fully booked for 2021,” one planner said. "It will push people to 2022 because they won’t have another option."
Engaged couples postponing their 2020 weddings are facing competition for ceremony dates and venues next year, according to local wedding planners and industry experts.
“Due to Covid-19 in 2020, majority of these couples are rescheduling as soon as they're able to host a celebration. These couples are already contracted with their vendors and generally, we are doing our best to reschedule them before taking in new clients. So for example, if I have a couple eyeing out a new date due to a reschedule, I would give them priority over another couple who is shopping around,” says Stephanie, Planner at Esselle Weddings & Events.
“…we were restricted from hosting any type of wedding or social gathering beginning in March. Because of these restrictions, each vendor is working with half of their normal dates available and double the amount of weddings for 2021. So, for couples that have found a vendor they truly want at their wedding, it's best to act fast!” says Brianna Kaui, Planner at Charming Events Hawaii.
“…about 50-60% of our 2020 events have been rescheduled. We’ve had multiple couples requesting the same popular dates.” - Marvin, Owner of Hawaii Events Unlimited.
Xuchyll Ann Roman, Co-owner & Lead Coordinator of LILIKOI LANE EVENTS + DESIGN says, “Since it's difficult to predict what 2021 would look like, we reassure our clients with how flexible we are and we do our best to help them look into some options/alternatives if things cannot go according to their original plan.”
If you're still shopping around, check out some of the local wedding vendors quoted in this article. Some have adapted to new safety policies and procedures, so you can put your mind at ease when looking to secure vendors.