PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - As the CDC updates more guidelines regarding masks and gatherings, more people are making wedding plans again.
So many people had to postpone weddings last year that couples are facing a lot of competition when it comes to booking a venue and a date.
Though many people's wedding plans got tossed out in 2020, rising vaccination numbers have helped get venues like The Croft Downtown in Phoenix closer to normal. "It's amazing. It's gone, as I say, from zero to a thousand," said owner Angela Karp, who has noticed more clients are comfortable now moving forward with large gatherings.
"We actually moved people 2 or 3 times, some people from last spring," she said.
Knikitta Najdzion and her fiancé Louie Valenzuela were originally scheduled to tie the knot in October 202, but are moving their wedding to October 2022. "There's no absolutely no way that we were going to be able to come up with the funds to have our wedding this October," Najdzion said. "We want to be able to have the big shebang, so we're willing to wait one more year."
If you're looking to reschedule your wedding for later this year, you might still have some options. Where it gets really tricky, though, is early 2022. "Not only do we usually find that a year out people are looking for their venue, but then the people that are pushed from last year, so it's double trouble the amount of people," Karp said.
Wedding planner Amy Petrovsky says there are dates out there, but couples should be flexible. "You have to think a little bit outside the box if you want to do something sooner than later," she said.
She has clients who are getting married on a ranch. Another couple is having a wedding Jeep tour before a small, spiritual ceremony on the red rocks of Sedona.
Petrovsk says people with large groups -- say 150 or more -- probably won't be able to find indoor venues anywhere later this year. For a group of 50 people, though, it wouldn't be so hard to find, even at a local resort.