Weddings are joyous occasions but a lot of work! Between finding the right venue, caterer, flowers, and photographer, you’ve spent a lot of time and effort to align everything perfectly. So postponing your nuptials is the last thing you want to do. We get it!
But let’s talk about some hard truths when it comes to COVID-19 and gatherings. Weddings are a great way to spread the infection. If some guests must travel, the chance that COVID will crash your party goes up. And crowded events put all guests at increased risk of infection. These risks are unavoidable, even if your community permits large gatherings.
The good news? You can still get married this summer! Here are a few ways to keep your wedding as safe as possible:
- Consider a virtual wedding; it’s the safest option for everyone.
- Keep the in-person guest list to just a few people—ideally no more than 10 folks who do not need to travel. And hey, fewer guests can mean a more intimate experience!
- Hold the event outdoors, which is less risky than assembling your guests inside.
- Stay off the dance floor! Breathing heavily in close quarters sends lots of respiratory droplets into the air and onto one another, which is why bars and clubs are outbreak hotspots.
- Encourage—or require—your guests to wear face masks.
- Work with your venue to ensure social distancing with creative seating arrangements.
If you must have a big wedding, the safest thing to do is wait, even if your state already allows large gatherings. However badly you want to get married in front of everyone you know and love, your family’s and friends’ well-being should come first.
Last update: June 25, 2020, 06:57 pm ET
Science review: GNA, ERS