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5 Things You Need to Know if You’re Getting Married during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated: Apr 27, 2020

Chances are you’ve been hearing all about the explosion of Coronavirus cases worldwide, and in the United States, specifically. COVID-19 has become an international pandemic that we are monitoring closely and taking very seriously, particularly in NYC and Boston. (Check out our Countering the Coronavirus blog post)

As concerned citizens and responsible small business owners, we’re taking the necessary precautions to reduce community spread to you, our couples, and especially to the most vulnerable among us: the elderly and immunocompromised communities.

Our heightened awareness and intentional practice of the CDC guidelines is necessary for us to feel secure that we can show up for you on your wedding day, healthy and excited to pronounce you married! But even with these preventative steps, we know this pandemic has likely brought up many concerns and questions regarding your wedding day. Particularly if you’re getting married in the next few months.

Let’s tap into the worst case scenarios.

Two hands reaching for each other during golden hour on a beach, one arm is wearing a ring and two bracelets and the other arm is wearing a sweater

Photo by Bry's Photography

1.What if you’re sick? Should you or your partner get diagnosed with COVID-19 or realize that you are at high risk of contracting the coronavirus, consider postponing your wedding to reduce community spread. This may seem like an inconvenience, sure, but it’s better to be safe during these uncertain times. You don’t want your guests remembering your wedding day as that time everyone had to be quarantined for a month, do you?

We will work with you and your vendors to reschedule your wedding day to a mutually-available date and time. Sometimes the best plans are actually Plan B's!

2. What if we’re sick? Should one of us (God, forbid!) fall ill and become unable to officiate your ceremony due to either confirmed COVID-19 or the common cold, we will notify you right away. Likely, the non-affected officiant sister will step in to celebrate your love story. If we’re both affected, we have a team of officiant friends who are on standby, just in case. That’s the beautiful power of community!

We recommend speaking honestly to all of your wedding vendors in regards to their plans should the worst case scenarios occur. The wedding industry is aware of the issues this pandemic is causing and we’re all wishing for the best and preparing for the worst.

3. What if you can't travel to NYC for your wedding? Since many affected places are exercising travel limitations, included the U.S., we will work with you and your wedding vendors to find another date. We're all trying to keep up with the hour-by-hour developments and want to help ease your anxiety and stress. Let's be real, it's probably best that you avoid crowded areas like airports and the madness of NYC though, right?

Okay, let’s breathe to de-stress! Inhale. Exhale. Phew! Worst case scenarios are over. Now what?

A couple at Sutro Baths in San Francisco, CA standing far from each other with the beach, the ocean, and rock formation behind them, one is an officiant from Once Upon A Vow

Photo by Bry's Photography

4. Let’s take some space. Literally. Usually, we are big huggers, but NOT during this pandemic! We are following CDC guidelines and practicing social distancing to reduce community spread. So when we meet on your wedding day, we’ll likely do an air hug, elbow bump, or just the usual wave as a sign of greeting. We recognize that we could be asymptomatic and potentially still carry the coronavirus. Out of respect for everyone’s health and well being, we’re going to stay safe and practice some space.

5. Sanitize everything. Again, we’re noticing that everything from our phones to our pens can carry germs and since the CDC is still figuring out the details of how this virus is spread, we can never be too careful. So chances are we will sanitize the pen we’ll use to sign your marriage license between signatures or spritz everyone’s hands with sanitizer afterwards. Again, our awareness is heightened and we’re intentionally doing our best to avoid community spread, especially on one of the most important days of your lives.

A close-up image of hands holding a homemade hand sanitizer made to cleanse hands during the coronavirus pandemic; person is wearing a floral sweatshirt against a pink and teal background

We know this is a stressful time and want to reassure you that we get how frustrating this could be. But hey, marriage is all about ‘in sickness and in health’, right? So, let’s just say - you’re going through a version of the ‘in sickness’ part now and you’re ACING IT!

Reach out to us if you have any questions whatsoever. We’re here for you! In the meantime, stay informed, take precautions, be kind, and care for each other, amores!

WE LOVE JOHN OLIVER, so let's stay informed and try to find the humor in the madness of it all.


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