COVID-19 may have interrupted all the big events of the year, but it can’t stop love. Many couples are opting for minimonies – a mini-ceremony held with a small group of friends and family or even a completely private commitment ceremony for just the couple. Sonoma Valley hotels and event planners are specializing in these special events so that love doesn’t have to wait!

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa’s “We Still Do” package includes an intimate ceremony with up to 10 guests, plus the option to come back in 2021 and receive $1,000 off reception fees. “We Still Do” includes the services of a professional wedding coordinator, ceremony on the Creekside Lawn, officiant, guitarist or harpist, sparkling wine sabering, sparkling wine toast and wedding cake for $3,700. Guests can add on things like a bridal dressing room, floral, hair and makeup and photography. The package can be booked through March 31, 2021.

Thinking about a destination wedding in Italy? The Kenwood Inn and Spa "Elopement Package" is the perfect alternative, with its Mediterranean-style setting. The package includes a ceremony for up to six people, personal wedding coordinator, a bouquet and boutonniere, officiant, one hour of photography, a two-tier cake and a bottle of sparkling wine for $3,750, plus guest room rate, taxes and fees.

The Gables Inn provides a rustic wine country backdrop with several options for I Dos: a deck surrounded by redwoods, a deck in the vineyard, by their 165-year-old redwood barn or even inside the Inn. The “Ultimate Micro Wedding Package” is ideal for groups up to 12 people and includes a two-night stay for the Bride & Groom, a welcome bottle of Sonoma County wine, officiant, a Champagne toast and more for $4,900. The “Intimate Family and Friends Wedding Package” includes the officiant, a champagne toast, tables and chairs and 90-minutes for the event and starts at $1,500. Optional enhancements are available to add to both packages.

MacArthur Place offers the “Inner Circle” package for $5,500. The Carriage House Lawn is a picturesque setting for the ceremony. The package includes a two-night stay in premier accommodations for wedding couple, two hours of access to the beautifully manicured grounds for photos, an officiant, seasonally designed bridal bouquet and/or boutonniere, petite wedding cake, in-room sparkling wine and chocolate-dipped strawberries and more.

If a backyard wedding is more your style, Bright Event Rentals can transform your home garden into an intimate wedding setting. Their team of space planners and designers can create the perfect party set-up and enhance it with flowers, tableware and more.