Covid wedding tips
Covid-19 adds another tier of stress to the cake of wedding planning. Though it may seem daunting, couples have continued to tie the knot throughout the last few years, and vendors have continued to show up for their couples in safe ways. Here are some tips to help to take some of the stress out of planning your wedding during a pandemic.
• Decide what your rules are and stick to them. Make the rules around Covid-19 clear on the invitation and stick to them. Do you want guests to test negative before coming? Do you want to require all guests be fully vaccinated? Are you requiring masks? State your requirements on the invitation and on your wedding website. If you are requiring masks during the event, place signs around the venue as well.
• Even if you aren’t requiring guests to be masked, provide disposable masks and hand sanitizer stations around the venue.
• Consider an outdoor wedding. The Covid-19 capacity limits and regulations for outdoor events are more flexible and easier to plan around.
• If you are getting married inside, consider a smaller guest list. Regulations for indoor gatherings tend to change as Covid-19 numbers rise and fall. You don’t want to end up having to uninvite guests if the rules around capacity change suddenly.
• Talk to every vendor and venue that you are considering about their Covid-19 policies and be sure that the policy they state is consistent with the wording in their contract. Ask what happens if the wedding is postponed due to Covid-19, as well as what happens if they are sick day-of. We are diving into year three of this pandemic, so all your vendors and venues should have policies in place regarding covid complications.
• Be flexible. It cannot be stressed enough that weddings in the age of Covid-19 require flexibility and patience. Take deep breaths. Focus on the things you can control and your excitement for marrying your partner.
• If your nuptials are time-sensitive and you can’t find a way to have your loved ones safely to the church on time, consider eloping now and throwing a reception at a later date.
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