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Weddings at the Time of COVID-19

Are you getting married at the time of the coronavirus pandemic? Wedding planning can be tough, and you might need to follow health protocols.

It doesn’t mean it’s doable. If you plan to say “I do,” these are the things you need:

1. Choose a Small Outdoor Venue

Two reasons: interaction and ventilation. As of July 2020, Utah is under the yellow phase, which now allows at least 3,000 people to gather indoors. For outdoor events, the number can swell up to 6,000.

However, it might be best to still limit your wedding attendees to as few as 10 people. The fewer people you interact with, the better. It’s also much easier to practice social distancing.

It is also healthier to have your wedding outdoors. New research revealed that closed spaces and air-conditioning systems could spread the virus and even permits it to linger for a more extended period.

If you want to save money, you can have it in your yard. If it’s not the best-looking, you can get help from landscapers. Otherwise, invest in topsoil and sand and buy a combination of mature and tall plants. You can even keep your garden afterward.

2. Shorten It

Many weddings usually last for three hours. However, the average time for the actual ceremony is between 20 and 30 minutes. Much of it, therefore, is because of the reception: eating, dancing, speaking, etc.

During the wedding planning, you can decide to limit the event’s duration significantly. Perhaps you can skip the reception altogether, so everything’s done in less than 45 minutes. If you want to keep the reception, you can get rid of some parts like dances and speeches.

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3. Emphasize Health Above Everything Else

As much as you’d love to have everyone on your big day, health is wealth these days. For this reason, consider the following:

  • Discourage those who belong to high-risk groups from joining. These include seniors, people with comorbidities or existing health conditions, individuals with a compromised immune system.
  • Stream your wedding. Tools such as Zoom now allow you to broadcast your wedding exclusively. A meeting room can already hold up to 100 people for free. This way, those living in other states might need not travel.
  • Make masks mandatory. Wearing face masks can save lives. Check out CDC guidelines on the right masks to own and the right steps to wear them.
  • Keep cleaning supplies handy. Provide hand sanitizers or alcohol with 60% to 70% isopropanol to your guests. Strongly encourage them to wash their hands often.
  • Limit the interaction in one place. This is especially necessary if you’re having your wedding at home. You don’t want your guests to touch a lot of things.
  • Spread them out. Ideally, people should be at least two meters apart.
  • Discourage talking, especially while eating. If the wedding includes dining, it might be best to avoid talking since everyone has to take off their masks.

Getting married at this time has many challenges, but it’s doable. You just need to be patient with your planning and exact with your steps. One mistake can endanger many people’s lives.

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