At the time of this writing (March 2021), all Bay Area county restrictions are similar to one another. These are some of the COVID restrictions currently in place that affect weddings:
- Limit gatherings to no more than three households
- No food and beverages
- Indoor gatherings not recommended
- Outdoor gatherings preferred
If you’re using a venue, communicate with them often to ensure that everyone is following the latest safety recommendations.
You can also add your own rules, such as masks, hand washing, social distancing, vaccination, or anything else that makes you and everyone else safer. Don’t plan a wedding with the burden of guilt; you don’t want to feel responsible for any coronavirus transmission as a result of your beautiful wedding day. So plan what will make you 100% comfortable!
Many venues are still available for weddings, with current restrictions in place. Venues with gardens, lawns, and other outdoor spaces are uniquely situated for pandemic weddings. It’s easier to arrange seating for your small guest list to socially distance appropriately. Reach out to your favorite venues and you’ll likely find a package perfect for your needs.
Many couples are opting for a more private, and naturally affordable, outdoor location. Since some are sticking to themselves and an officiant, they can host their wedding anywhere. COVID weddings are often in a backyard, local park, an Airbnb, or any lovely outdoor space.
If it’s just the two of you and some trusted loved ones in your current bubble, then you could certainly get married indoors if you prefer.
There’s more flexibility than you would originally think when planning a tiny wedding. Since your wedding party or guest list will be small, you can get married almost anywhere.
We know that you’ve made many compromises in your wedding planning. But you likely are relieved at the amount of money you’re saving from things like eliminating catering and scaling down the wedding cake.
Wedding photos will still be a top priority. The good news is that packages are often more affordable. Photographers also want to be safe and many are sticking to outdoor weddings, shorter timeframes, and simpler options. Our team also tests weekly to ensure further safety.
In 2020, almost all couples postponed their weddings. The couples who did move forward with their wedding day ended up completely changing everything, typically having a virtual wedding.
Now, in 2021 with vaccines rolling out, couples are still postponing until they can have their dream wedding. That’s fine if some want to do that, but no one knows exactly how long they would have to keep postponing to have their perfect wedding.
Let’s redefine perfection when it comes to weddings. Even though it’s obvious, we’ll say it anyway: what really matters is the love the two of your have for each other. That love is what is celebrated. A beautiful, creative, unique wedding is more than possible right now. And you can make it happen exactly the way you want.