There’s no denying that the Covid-19 pandemic has changed everyday life and how business is done, or not done. Weddings are no exception. To recap 2020, some of my own clients rescheduled to a future or undetermined date. Others had their wedding as scheduled, but made modifications to their original plans to accommodate Covid-19 health and safety guidelines. I’m thankful that I’ve been able to accommodate date changes that have occurred so far. Cancellations are murder on business cashflow, even if retainers are kept. It’s also a double whammy for the couple. Weddings during Covid are definitely possible, even if vague lockdowns were in force early in the game. What have we learned from the changes to the wedding industry during the pandemic? The biggest takeaway for me was that both vendors and couples need to be adaptable, flexible, responsible, and content with what these times allow.
Weddings during Covid changes-
-Events are smaller in size to reduce risk of spread, and some not being able to travel. Many areas (though all should) have maximum capacity ordinances, and this often depends on the size and open air of the venue. I have found couples to be gracious about this and still enjoy their day in a more intimate setting. Those who choose to wait, that’s also an option, though we do not know when policies will relax or things will improve.
-Guests and vendors wear masks and have access to hand sanitizer, while minding social distance guidelines. Venues should also be requiring this!
-Couples must check local ordinances and venue policies and inform guests. Also take guest count into consideration. Weddings during Covid are definitely possible; some of my 2020 weddings have been among the favorite, despite the changes.
-I’ve noticed a few people on wedding related social groups look for venues outside a major metropolitan area so that policies will be more lax, and they can “have the wedding they want” like none of this is happening. That’s irresponsible and selfish. Each area has their own battles to fight. As a professional wedding photographer, I need the work and enjoy being a storyteller, but not bad enough to participate in an irresponsibly coordinated event. I want this to be temporary as well. Let’s get through this and maybe we have a shot at it.