Tales from a Wedding Planner
If you were planning to get married in 2020 and are holding steady on your desire to celebrate your wedding with all your friends and family regardless of COVID-19, right on! We get it. COVID spits on you, you spit back. Well hopefully not; it should be said Artisan Rose Event Co. highly discourages spitting, ever again, not even with a face mask on.
But seriously, if you are considering moving forward all sails ahead, there are some cold hard truths and implications that anyone who is planning a wedding for 2020 (and maybe even beyond) should understand. The biggest of these truths is the umbrella over all we will discuss down below: your wedding will look different than you imagined. Now let’s break that down:
Changes To Your Layout and Guest List
While there is no way of telling when/if/how capacity limits like the one currently imposed on restaurants and venues (25%) will affect your wedding day, there is one thing that we can almost guarantee will be with us until a vaccine is found and/or herd immunity is achieved, and that is that the 6ft rule is one of the best defenses we have against the spread of this virus. With that being said, in the scenario that capacity percentage restrictions are lifted and only the 6ft rule remains, re-working your layout to find a new “6ft capacity” may be the best way to estimate how many guests you can safely invite to your wedding. Below is an example of what we mean.
It’s important to understand that public perception of the safety measures taken at your wedding will affect the number of guests who decide to attend. There will be guests who either fear for their own health, fear for the health of a loved one they are regularly in contact with, or fear for public backlash they may receive for attending a large gathering during this time. If you plan to move forward with your wedding, and safety is a priority for you, we highly recommend you let your guests know this by A) providing guests with onsite, day-of, fail-safes and B) communicating what types of precautions you will have for them in a note with your invitation. This will allow your guests to assess the risk themselves as they consider RSVPing to your wedding.
What kinds of fail-safes are we talking about? We are talking about ways to protect your guests in case there are attendees at your wedding who may be carriers of the virus and do not know it. The minimum has already been mentioned, and that is, adjusting your layout so that small groups are sat 6ft or more apart from eachother. Other suggestions include:
Catering is such a huge player on your wedding day. In most situations, they are the ones dressing your guest tables, serving your appetizers, entrees, and desserts, and working your bar service. They touch almost everything your guests touch! So naturally, we wanted to talk to them about how they plan to minimize risk for their COVID-19 events. Here is what some of the leading local caterers had to say:
If you made it through this blog post, and you are feeling less convinced about your decision to move forward than before, let us offer some encouraging truths as well. The guests who decide to attend your wedding, despite all the risks, are going to be there for you and they are going to be there for a good time. These are the types of guests that will add the most positive and most genuine type of energy to your event.
There is also something to be said, quite frankly about the unknown end-date to this global pandemic. Some scientists are estimating a total of two years before a vaccine is found, tested, manufactured, and widely distributed. If you choose to postpone again, who is to say the new date you are choosing will be any better than the one you’ve already chosen. I’ve used this line before to promote the decision to postpone (man, how things change), but you can take the power back from this uncertainty by accepting that things may look different; you may lose some guests; but the show will go on and you will get married regardless!
The choice is obviously yours. Just know that Artisan Rose Event Co. will always encourage you to promote safety over preference and to focus on the aspects of a wedding celebration that matter most to you. If that means you need to wait to have your dream wedding with your entire guest list, then let's postpone to 2021. If it means we party like it's 2019, then know that we will do everything we can to set you up for success while also protecting the health and safety of our own team.
We are not scientists, nor politicians, nor journalists, but remain as informed as we can for you. This post was written on 5/8/2020 and may become obsolete as more information regarding COVID-19 is released.