While it might be new to all of us, we have to accept that weddings have changed a lot during the pandemic whether we like it or not. And although the COVID-19 situation seems to be getting better with the vaccine rollout and with the economy reopening, we still need to observe COVID-19 safety guidelines for weddings. So, the question now is, what are the things we should know when we are planning a wedding during COVID-19?
We all want a magical wedding, but everyone’s safety should be the top priority. Here are some of the COVID-19 safety measures you need to observe for your wedding this 2021:
Follow the COVID-19 guidelines in your locality
Each city and locality has a different set of rules when it comes to gatherings held during the pandemic. Before you plan your wedding, make sure to take these rules into consideration and to follow the guidelines. Some areas might not allow any social gathering at all, while some limit the number of people that are allowed.
Covid-19 guidelines also often change depending on the number of cases in a particular area, so prepare yourself for any sudden changes.
Read your venue and vendor’s cancellation policies
If you have not yet signed your venue and vendors, talk to them about how they handle cancellations or reschedules that are related to the pandemic. Many venues simply do not refund weddings that are cancelled, while others allow couples to reschedule. During the last few months, many couples have shelled out money beyond their budget because of pandemic-related cancellations.
Remember that these businesses have also suffered financially during the pandemic, so it’s best to have an agreement that is fair to both parties.
Limit your guests
While some couples dream of having a grand ball at their wedding, it might not be a good idea right now unless you are in an area where COVID-19 has been fully controlled. Otherwise, consider limiting your guests to only a few close family and friends. Many couples have also included sharing a Livestream during their wedding to guests that aren’t able to come personally to their wedding.
This is a good practice that considers the safety of senior citizens, people with comorbidities, and those who live far away from your venue. While you know they would love to attend your wedding, it might be best for them to send their love and support while watching your wedding at home.
Make sure that your guests are socially distanced
During the wedding, make sure that chairs are spaced far away from each other to minimize any physical contact during the ceremony. Meanwhile, during the reception, try to separate each group from each other to minimize spreading of viruses from group to group. Make sure that there is enough space for everyone to eat and that there is open-air ventilation.
Provide contact tracing forms and sanitation kits
Do your part in making sure that your wedding is safe by providing contact tracing forms and sanitation kits. Make sure that temperatures are checked before everyone enters, tables have disinfectants, and that everyone is wearing a mask at all times. Make sure that everyone follows these rules.
You can inform them prior by including COVID-19 guidelines in the invitation and by reminding them to observe these safety guidelines during the program.
It’s not that hard to have an awesome wedding while prioritizing everyone’s safety. Make sure to follow these safety guidelines to avoid any breakouts and to keep your loved ones safe. Don’t let COVID-19 get in the way of your love. Go ahead and have that magical wedding safely!