As it is becoming abundantly clear that social distancing measures that limit large events may continue for quite some time, more and more brides are wondering if they should postpone their wedding. Some experts are predicting that we will be unable to have large social gatherings until a vaccine ready to go which is anticipated to take twelve to eighteen months, meaning summer 2021! Does that mean you should cancel or postpone your wedding if you were planning on getting married in the next year and a half? Unfortunately, that is something that I don’t know.
There are a variety of factors that will come into play when considering how impacted your wedding will be by COVID-19. The first being your date. At this point, I’d imagine the majority of April and May 2020 brides have already made adjustments to their wedding in order to make sure they meet their local social distancing requirements and to keep their friends and family safe. The question mark comes for those brides in the latter part of summer and into the remainder of this year. From what I’ve read about the anticipated outcomes of this virus, we will have some social distancing limitation (like concerts and pro-sports games) through the remainder of 2020, however, smaller events (like a 150 person wedding) won’t necessarily have the same level of restrictions as larger events.
Another thing to keep in mind is the area where you are hosting your event. Larger urban areas like NYC and LA will most likely have more stringent event requirements since they tend to be hot spots for the virus to quickly spread. If you are planning on having your wedding in a more rural area of the country, you will probably have fewer restrictions on your event.
The size of your wedding may also be a big factor on whether your event can proceed as planned. Restrictions on larger events will most likely continue throughout the year. While the specific event size allowed will vary from region to region, the smaller your event the less likely you will be to be affected by your area’s restrictions. Additionally, I have seen some venues (in order to comply with state mandates) asking their couples to limit their wedding guests to half the venue’s capacity.
One of the biggest and least clearly defined factors you should consider when planning on how you should adjust to COVID-19 is who is attending your wedding. While COVID-19 is something we should all be concerned about, it most dramatically impacts the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions. If your wedding guest list includes a lot of people from this more at-risk population, you should consider taking more precautions when it comes to your wedding. Also, consider how many people will be traveling to your event. Travel (particularly plane travel) can be difficult for those trying to stay healthy.
At the end of the day, it is your decision. Nobody can see the future, so make the best decision you can given the currently available information. Adjustments will probably have to be made as you get closer to your wedding, but that’s the case with any wedding.
If you are postponing your wedding, I think it’s a smart idea to send out some change of date as soon as possible, so that your guests can reschedule travel and stop texting you about it. Here are some of my favorites.
A great email template if you want to keep things super simple!
Let me know if there is any way I can help you if your wedding or event is effected by COVID-19! I would love to help in any way I can.