NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The wedding industry took a hit in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Davidson County wedding venues are now saying that with things still uncertain in 2021, it is unclear when business could recover.

News4 asked the Davidson County Clerk office the number of marriage certificates issued in recent years. Last year, 800 fewer licenses were issued.

We asked a Ruby & Clementine, a popular Nashville wedding venue, if there are any more weddings planned this year.

Your answer: not really.

“Of course we expected a great year in 2021,” said owner Dan Cook. “I wouldn’t say that optimism is widespread in our business – for many reasons. We are not allowed to open our venues in a practicable way. “

Cook says they had to postpone or cancel about 70 events last year, and planning weddings for this year is difficult due to Davidson County’s health regulations.

“What the Mayor’s Office and Metro Public Health don’t appreciate is that the venues business is a forward-looking business – which means the bride and groom often book six months, a year, a year and a half in advance,” Cook said . “You will make your decision well in the future based on what you know today.”

That drives brides like Kara Adams to bypass Nashville for their wedding venue this year.

“We looked at Davidson County – that was actually our first choice,” said Adams.

Adams booked their wedding in Wilson County for June this year instead.

“This is our first wedding for both of us and we wanted our friends and families to be a part of it. So we decided to have it outside of Davidson County, ”she said. “Masks will be needed and it will be outside and we will have seats per family per table.”

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