As we grow more and more familiar with the global COVID-19 Pandemic, you may be wondering what it could mean for your 2021 wedding. The first thing you will want to remember is that you are not alone and everyday new ideas and new information becomes available. Try to look at this as an opportunity to be innovative and create something spectacular despite the odds in a more intimate setting. Intimate doesn’t ever have to mean mediocre and there are many ways to keep your guests safe whilst they celebrate.
What about the vaccine?
Yes you may have heard that the vaccine has been FDA approved and people are making the rounds to get vaccinated. This is definitely a step in the right direction however we must keep in mind that, according to Dr. Fauci the top infectious disease doctor in the country, at least 75% of Americans will need to get vaccinated before things may begin to return to normal for us. That being said, masks and social distancing are still recommended until then.
I’m inviting more than 100 guests! What should I do?
If you have invited a particularly large number of people to your wedding, it is acceptable to graciously uninvite guests in light of the pandemic. It is highly recommended that you keep your guest count as low as you can below 100 and maybe even less than that depending on the local gathering recommendations at that time. If it is a destination wedding be mindful of your guests travel plans as they may need to cancel flights and such if these were already booked previously.
What can I do to keep guest safe at the wedding?
Ask your guests to wear masks especially if it will be an indoor function. Make hand sanitizer readily available in various spaces. Use signage to promote one way traffic in common areas and to encourage air fives vs hugs and handshakes. Assigned seating is also a great help. Seat guests who live together all at the same table and seat those who are more vulnerable to the virus together in a space that is a safe distance away from others. You can also seat less people at each table. These are all great ways to help keep your loved ones safe at your wedding.
I really don’t feel comfortable. I think I would prefer to postpone.
This is definitely an option as well. First thing you want to do is let your vendors know starting with your venue so that you can find out what dates they still have available. After that review your insurance since many vendors may require a fee for postponement in 2021. Once you have finalized the new date with all of your vendors, you’ll want to inform your guests. Get in contact with your guests via phone, email, social media, and/or be sure to send out a “Change the Date” to make it official.