Richmond Wedding Venues | Your Date is Not Available…Now What?

By Tommy Waters, The Renaissance

The wedding world is still reeling from the monumentally difficult task of trying to stay above water and dealing with a year (or more) of having little to no income. The one thing that has continued to be proven true is that even though Covid shut down the wedding industry, couples still wanted to get married.

This current wedding season is one of the busiest that has ever been seen. The fact that the industry has become so busy, and complicated, is due to everyone trying to reschedule, while newly engaged couples are also looking at the same open dates. This flood of interest has left many throwing their hands up in the air with frustration.

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But fear not, as long as you are patient and have a little flexibility, you may be able to find the perfect date. (And maybe even save a little money in the process!)

One quick way to redirect your investigation is to consider non-peak days such as Friday or Sunday. Those may not be your first choice, but there could be more availability and possibly less expensive. With most Saturdays being booked, many vendors may offer better-than-average rates. Fridays and Sundays are a perfect way to make everyone happy.

Don’t be afraid to ask your venue what is available. If your preferred date is already booked, most wedding vendors will bend over backward to find another date if you ask!

So don’t give up. Think about Fridays and Sundays, ask vendors what they have available, consider a different month, and keep options open. You will find the right date for sure!

Thomas Waters (everyone calls him Tommy) is with The Renaissance, an all-inclusive wedding ceremony and reception venue based in downtown Richmond’s exciting Arts District. To learn more about The Renaissance, please visit