Published: January 13, 2021
Updated: March 7, 2021
Current Gathering Guidelines
Current guidelines on gatherings for the State of Michigan:
- Indoor gatherings should be limited to three households and 15 people.
- Outdoor gatherings should be limited to 50 people.
- Facemasks are required at all times unless eating or drinking.
Most wedding venues I’ve spoken to are considered an “entertainment venue” and are following the below guidelines from MDHHS. (Please inquire with your specific venue on their limitations as they may be different.)
• Indoor Facilities: must not exceed 50% of the limits established by the fire marshal, and must not
exceed an overall total of 300 people.
• Outdoor Facilities: must not exceed 50% of the limits established by the fire marshal (if
applicable), and must not exceed an overall total of 1000 people.
• Everyone must wear a face mask at all times unless eating or drinking while seated in a
• Consumption of food or beverages is permitted only while seated in a designated area with a
group of no more than 6 people.
• Groups must be spaced 6 feet apart.
These times require extreme flexibility and patience. The uncertainty of this pandemic is unnerving, I’ll admit that, but it doesn’t have to mean disaster for your wedding. Visit this blog post to read more advice from wedding professionals.
How I’m Approaching the Planning Process
I am continuing with planning weddings that are scheduled in the spring and beyond as if it will happen as planned. Warmer weather and increased vaccine availability has me cautiously optimistic that the gathering guidelines will ease up. However, it is smart to be cautious when signing contracts with your wedding vendors. Check contracts for details about rescheduling or adjusting plans, should that become a reality for you. If you don’t see the verbiage in the contract, ask the vendor to include it.
Please reach out to me if you want a professional to walk through your wedding plans with you and give advice on your next steps. I have a special hourly rate for couples whose wedding is affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
My Safety Protocols
Taking safety measures that prevent the spread of COVID-19 is a serious matter. I will follow all safety guidelines from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.
Meetings are available by video or phone call instead of meeting in person. While attending any events related to your wedding, all employees and contractors of Christa Graham Weddings & Events will wear masks, follow social distancing, and adhere to handwashing guidelines.
Disposable masks, hand cleaner, and disposable gloves will be available for all vendors, should they need them. I highly encourage couples to make hand sanitizer abundant and to offer disposable masks to their guests upon arrival.
The week leading up to the event, we will monitor for COVID-related symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and loss of smell or taste. Should I fall ill, I will provide a colleague to take over my wedding day duties. This colleague will be informed of every detail of your wedding day and I will be available by phone throughout your wedding day, should they have questions or need guidance.
Handwashing is the best and easiest way to prevent the spread of germs!