Published: January 13, 2021
Updated: February 1, 2021
Current Gathering Guidelines
Current guidelines on gatherings for the State of Michigan:
- Indoor gatherings should be limited to two households and 10 people.
- Outdoor gatherings should be limited to three households and 25 people.
- Facemasks are required at all times unless eating or drinking.
- Indoor gatherings are prohibited at non-residential venues.
- Outdoor gatherings of up to 25 persons at non-residential venues are permitted as follows
FOR FIXED SEATING: limit attendance to 20% of seating capacity.
WITHOUT FIXED SEATING: limit attendance to 20 persons per 1,000 square feet, including within any distinct area within the event space.
Everyone must wear a face mask.
- Indoor dining is limited to the following
25% of normal capacity
No more than six to a table from the same household
Tables must be six feet apart
Restaurants must collect names and phone numbers
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.
For weddings scheduled this winter and very early spring, I would seriously start considering a Plan B just in case you have to reschedule or scale down your wedding to fit within the gathering guidelines. Reach out to your venue and vendors to ask for clarification on the rescheduling process. Choose a few dates to consider for rescheduling and run them by your venue and vendors as well.
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 email@example.com 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. A COVID rapid test will be taken within 3 days of your wedding. The result of this test will be shared. Should the result return positive, 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!