A few months ago, your wedding plans were likely moving along as scheduled, with only minor hiccups here and there.
In such a short amount of time, however, everything has changed for couples around the world.
As the coronavirus, or COVID-19, spreads, so too does confusion and uncertainty surrounding weddings. Should you cancel? Postpone? Tentatively keep plans in place and hope for the best? There’s a lot to consider, so here’s a basic rundown of what to keep in mind and what your options are.
Check Your State and County Limitations on Gathering Sizes
The decision may have already been made for you. In some areas, gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited, and some have even gone as low as 10. Check your state, county, and city guidelines to see if your plans will be impacted by these restrictions.
Talk to Your Venue, Caterer, and Other Vendors
Many non-essential businesses are shutting down, either by choice or by order of the government. Talk to your vendors to find out if they’re impacted in any way. Flower shops, caterers, and certain venues might be cancelling events or closing up shop for the foreseeable future. Also check their cancellation or rescheduling guidelines. Many businesses are becoming more flexible in their policies due to the unprecedented changes we’re seeing in the world.
Check in With Elderly Guests
The elderly and those with underlying conditions are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. Check with any guests that might be more at risk and see what their feelings on the situation are. You certainly don’t want anyone to feel obligated to attend your wedding, so make sure they know that whether you move forward with your plans or not, their safety comes first.
Travel Might be Impacted
Destination weddings are likely an impossibility, but even if you’re staying local, incoming out of town guests might face travel restrictions. There’s also the safety factor to consider: not only will those who are flying or driving in have more opportunities to be exposed to the virus, they could also potentially bring it to your area if their city has been particularly affected.
If You Continue With Your Wedding, Set Up Precautions
If your wedding is still several months away, you might be able to tentatively stick to your plans. We really have no idea how the next few months will play out, so you’ll have to keep a close eye on the spread of the virus and watch for further restrictions on social gatherings. If you have decided to have a much smaller wedding than originally planned, with no more than 10 or 25 people, put safety first. Distribute masks, have hand washing and sanitizer stations placed around, and arrange the ceremony and reception in a way that six feet distance is maintained between all guests as well as you and your spouse.
Postponing Might Be a Better Idea
It will be a very difficult decision to make, but for the sake of yourself, your guests, and your community, postponing your wedding might be a smarter decision. Calling all your guests and vendors won’t be a walk in the park, but most if not all will understand that your decision is based on safety.
Adding the stress of a pandemic on top of the usual wedding craziness is enough to send any couple over the edge.
Try to remember that, although your wedding might not go the way you thought it would, it’s just one small part of the life you and your future spouse will share together. Now more than ever, appreciate every moment you get to spend with someone you love.