Saturday, May 21 2022

In the pre-COVID era, wedding concerns, such as venue capacity, were much more about budget and vision than the health and safety of guests. It’s a different world today, but with careful planning, you can still find ways to celebrate your love safely.

As the vows say, marriage is in good times and bad. It may just take some flexibility and creativity to make your dream day a reality.

Seek help from an experienced coordinator. If you weren’t planning on using a wedding coordinator, the pandemic is a compelling reason to reconsider. Monitor the evolution of mandates and their impact on gatherings, crowd sizes, etc. is a job in its own right. Allowing your coordinator to keep an eye on the latest recommendations and adjust agreements with your suppliers accordingly can save you a lot of time and frustration.

Be realistic about your guest list. A year ago, it would have been unthinkable to create a tiered guest list and even consider making cuts even after invites were released. Today, that decision may be out of your hands. Rather than waiting to learn that you will have to make cuts, take the time now, with a cool head and less emotion affecting your decisions, to segment your list. Figure out who absolutely needs to be present when you exchange vows, then expand it in increments. Your site coordinator or contact can help you determine thresholds (for example, 25, 50, or 100 guests) based on your community guidelines.

Understand expectations. Suppliers are required to apply local guidelines, so make sure you are clear on what…

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