10 Things You Need to Know About Planning a Wedding During COVID 19

10 Things You Need to Know About Planning a Wedding During COVID 19

A Complete Guide to navigating your wedding and COVID-19

Even when the world is not in a pandemic, there’s already so much to think about for the big day. Whether you’re accepting digital gifts only or your guests must sit 2 metres apart -- any wedding in 2020 is going to look way different than what we’re used to. 

So here’s a few things you need to know about planning a wedding during COVID-19. 

1. Your guest numbers may be severely limited

At the time of writing, Ontario is entering Stage 2 of its reopening strategy. And that means social gatherings can include a maximum of 10 people. While most regions are moving ahead with this next stage, the GTA will have to wait. So double-check the rules before going crazy with that guest list.    

2. Travel restrictions are still in effect

If you have out-of-town guests, you need to rethink this option. Non-essential travel is still banned in many regions. And the U.S.-Canada border is open only to immediate family members of Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Even still, all international visitors must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. If you’re intent on having out-of-town guests, you may need to postpone your wedding until much later this year.

3. Your venue should have strict protocols in place

From Plexiglas installations at the bar to physical distance markers on the floor, many things can be done to prevent coronavirus transmission. Ask your wedding venue what their protocols are should you go ahead with this event.

4. Read the fine print

COVID-19 has disrupted the wedding industry as couples postpone or outright cancel their weddings. From photographers to florists, check your vendors’ policies so you understand the penalties. The key is to maintain regular communication and be decisive in your actions. 

5. Come up with a Plan B

Be ready to make a decision on postponement at least 2 months in advance. This will give your guests and vendors enough time to pivot. Start making alternate arrangements that include a slimmed-down version of your original plans.

6) Your marriage license may not be processed

Many government offices remain closed. The reopening of marriage registrars will vary by province or territory. So if they’re not operating by the time your wedding date rolls around, you may have no choice but to hold off. 

7. Your wedding dress may be delayed

Many bridal gowns are manufactured in China. And although much of the country is operational again, the country is still reeling from its initial outbreak. Some dresses could be delayed by months, so be prepared to choose an alternate outfit. 

8) Create a centralized space to share updates

During all this uncertainty, your guests will appreciate easy access to information. Keep everyone on top of your plans through a Facebook page or separate website.

9) Be considerate of your guests

Some guests will be anxious about attending a pandemic wedding. Consider their emotions, and don’t be offended if they’re hesitant about coming to yours. Remember, it’s not personal. COVID-19 is a deadly disease that has touched so many families. Respect the needs of your guests during this difficult time. 

10) Remember what’s important

Your wedding was set to be one of the biggest moments of your life. So it’s normal to feel disappointment that it won’t be what you had envisioned. But it’s important to focus on what this wedding was about in the first place -- solidifying the love between you and your partner. There are many other ways to say ‘I do’ that don’t involve grand displays. Make your emotional well-being a priority, and practice gratitude for the love you already have.