After a disasterous year for brides and grooms, and of course anyone in the wedding industry, restrictions are easing across Massachusetts and giving hope to some that 2021 will be a better year.

In April of 2020 over 63% of couples had made the decision to postpone their wedding, some by a few months, some into 2022.

Due to the ammount of postponements and cancellations from 2020, experts say 2021 will see a surge of 650,000 weddings, bringing the total of 2021 number of weddings to about 2.77 million versus a normal year of about 2.12 million. Spending however will be reduced in both budget and guest counts. 2021 average spending will be about $21.6 thousand.

The wedding industry in The Berkshires is valuable member of our economic lanscape as thousands of weddings are held here every year, not only for locals, but visitors as well. Berkshire County has always served as destination spot for weddings offering historic landmarks and breathtaking outdoor venues.

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So where's the best spot to get married in The Berkshires? Here's a couple of selections that Berkshires.org deemed great spots to get hitched.

 

 

KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state

Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

 

LOOK: The most popular biblical baby names

To determine the most popular biblical baby names, Stacker consulted the name origin site Behind the Name and the Social Security Administration's baby names database then ranked the top 50 names from Behind the Name's Biblical Names origins list of 564 names, based on how many babies had been given these names in 2019. Click through to find out which biblical names have stood the test of time.