SOME THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT LOVE:
Love will always prevail. Love knows no bounds.
And love doesn’t care if there is a global pandemic. With engagement season upon us, happy couples continue to say “yes!” when popped that magical question. And while these times are a bit uncertain and planning can feel precarious, there are so many solutions, safety measures and new approaches that ensure a safe celebration and blissful day.
Weddings have been reimagined – they’re outdoors, they’re intimate, they’re hyper-personalized. The result is a blissful, sublimely romantic event that brings couples and their guests closer, with the wonderful side effect of being both eco- and budget-friendly. Let love rule!
Outdoors is In
Whether a palm-lined beachfront, a cozy garden courtyard, or a mountainside with a sweeping vista, outdoor wedding venues have always been desirable. And now, current safety measures have only increased the appeal of these classic spots – with the open air, ample ventilation and plenty of space to accommodate for social distancing. Select a venue in sun-drenched SoCal, romantic Napa or exquisite Hawaii and you can’t go wrong.
Small is Big
With the safety of guests in mind, couples are inviting only their nearest and dearest, giving rise to a new wave of small celebrations, with Minimonies, Microweddings and Elopements leading the way.
What is a Minimony?
For those who want to have the ceremony now and the reception at a later date, a minimony is the perfect answer! A minimony is a small-scale commitment ceremony held in the company of a few friends and family. Often, a minimony is a precursor to a larger ceremony and event to be held at a later date. The beauty of a minimoney comes in the chance to highlight your own love story and put the commitment that you are making to one another front and center. A gorgeous venue, heart-felt vows and true love make for a heart-melting, magical moment.
Why postpone bliss? With 10 – 50 guests in attendance from ceremony to reception, a microwedding has everything that you love in a traditional wedding, but on a more intimate scale. A smaller guest list has big benefits – fewer people to please, less stress and the chance to maximize your dollar-per-attendee ratio. It also allows for greater creative flexibility and the ability to create a highly personalized experience for your wedding guests. From the first welcome to the last goodbye, you and your new spouse can enjoy a deeper level of connection with each and every guest and create lifelong memories.
Is there anything more romantic! Traditionally, elopements were impromptu, unplanned events where a couple would secretly run off to tie the knot. Passion trumped planning. Recently elopements have evolved, with venues offering options that include the coveted highlights of a classic wedding paired with the simple coordination of an elopement. Think 20 of your nearest and dearest gathered for a lush garden ceremony, toasting with bubbly, cake by candlelight, then everyone retiring to the luxe comfort of their rooms. Wedded bliss!
A smaller guest list opens up gorgeous possibilities for venues that are not available for larger celebrations from hidden nooks to breathtaking vistas. The Meritage Collection offers a variety of romantic vistas, all paired with exceptional service and delicious food to delight each of your guests.
ENDLESS OCEAN VIEWS
Say “I do” where sun meets sea on the Ocean Lawn. Paséa Hotel & Spa is beachfront modern oasis offering the quintessential Huntington Beach wedding.
Start forever in a private paradise with an idyllic Kauai nuptial at Ko’a Kea Resort & Spa at Po’ipu Beach.
SERENE GARDEN SANCTUARY
Nine acres of gardens, verdant lawns and lush alcoves await for your discovery. Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, one of San Diego’s top wedding venues invites you to say your vows amidst swaying olive trees or by sparkling fountains.
WINE COUNTRY DREAM WEDDING
Treat yourself and your guests to the dramatic and romantic vistas and views among the vineyards at the award-winning Meritage Resort and Spa.
IDYLLIC NAPA WEDDING
The newest upscale resort, Vista Collina Resort offers a rooftop terrace and romantic gazebo for a celebration with unparalleled vineyard vistas. With creative shifts to traditional favorites and an abundance of fabulous outdoor wedding venues, 2021 weddings will be as beautiful, memorable and fun as ever! Proof that love wins. And when love wins, we all win.