Tips on how to get married during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Updated: Apr 2
By now you have all heard about this new virus sweeping the county COVID-19.
The corona-virus is forcing many brides and grooms to cancel their weddings, due to restrictions from state and federal officials. Many Brides and grooms are wondering what now? As an expert in the wedding industry I would like to give you some tips to help you make an educated decision.
1. Stay calm and get married
Don’t freak out don’t cancel your wedding, The best thing to do is ask your vendor for three available dates and try to work with the other vendors for the best possible day. Also be aware that you may have to make your wedding a little bit smaller but as long as the most important people to you are there, that`s all that matters. At the end of the day we all know that the two most important people are the photographer and videographer (LOL, Just kidding) the two most people are you and your partner and no matter who`s there its going to be a special day to remember and if you choose me as your photographer, I’ll make sure to make your memories last a lifetime.
2. Have an outdoor wedding
According to health professionals ventilation and UV light are crucial to decreasing viral transmission. Also distancing people (as much as possible – by setting seats at the ceremony a few feet apart) would help decrease the risk for transmission. To do this you may have to reduce the total number of guest you will have at your wedding. The CDC says coronavirus is spread commonly through person-to-person contact. People who are in close contact (within 6 feet) are most likely to spread it. It spreads through respiratory droplets when a person coughs or sneezes.
3. Set up a Sanitation Station
You can’t have a sink everywhere you go but you can have hand sanitizer available for your guests where ever they go. I recently went to a fundraiser and I was greeted at the front door with hand sanitizer. I think all business need to start doing this. But the best solution is still to wash your HANDS for at least 20-30 seconds.
4. Talk to your guests prior to your wedding
Speak to your guests about what precautions you are taking, inform them about all the things you are doing to try to keep them safe and make sure they are on board with going to your wedding. If someone is sick tell them to stay home for obvious reasons or if they are elderly or immunocompromised (having an impaired immune system) it would be best to stay home as well. Doing all this will give you an updated guest list and give you the exact numbers of people who are going to your wedding. Another option is to live-stream your wedding, which is something that is new to the wedding industry but I offer this to my clients so that the people that couldn’t attend would be able to be apart of your special day.
5. Reschedule your wedding
I mentioned this as a last resort but for some of you this will be the best way to go, just be aware that wedding venues may be very booked this year, one way to get around this issue is by having your wedding on a Thursday, Friday or Sunday. I personal give my clients a discount if they are booking on one of these days and I know many vendors do this as well, so your wedding may even end up being more cost effective if you take this route.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, I will be glad to help any couple in the very difficult time in history.