As the Charlie Baker and his office staff continue to make changes to protect the city of Boston, many couples are left wondering about their wedding. The 2020 wedding industry has been thrown into the realm of the unknown. Many couples are asking, “How can I make my Boston COVID wedding special?” and “How can I have a Boston covid wedding”?
Many Boston wedding vendors have pivoted their wedding services to be COVID-friendly. These Boston covid wedding services range e the most simple of weddings to the most elaborate.
While I don’t have all the answers for you, here’s what I do know. Love isn’t cancelled. Though weddings look a little different in terms of guest count, I feel that the meaning of weddings has resurged. Treasure the people most important to you. Focus on the real and personal vows – the ones that you might be a little embarrassed to say in front of 200 people, but would be okay to share in front of your favorite 18 people in the world.
Questions about Boston COVID weddings
As of October 2020, the maximum indoor Boston wedding guest count is 25.
This is likely the hardest question for many couples. Creating invite lists and table seating is extremely difficult for couples in a non-pandemic world. We suggest you to start with the most important guests, which are typically immediate family. Some couples have asked families to leave children at home, asked their guests to forego +1s, and of course, set up a live stream so that dozens more can tune in on the fun!
Here’s an article I wrote about “How to livestream your wedding using an iPhone or Android”
Only time will tell. Vaccination studies have shown to be promising. However, the vaccine will also hinge on infrastructure. “We’ll get out of this faster if you give the vaccine less work to do.”
It’s hard to tell. I will say that as a wedding vendor, 2021 dates are hard to come by for venues because so many 2020 clients have moved to 2021. If you do decide to book a 2021 wedding, a conversation about what happens to your retainer fee needs to occur with each vendor that you book!
Check out CVS.com for drive-through Boston COVID testing. Here are community-based testing sites and some basic information about different types of COVID tests from the CDC.
Almost all venues have wedding packages that could be a good fit for you. Alternatively, you could also get married in a private residence, backyard, park, etc. Here’s an article I wrote up about Boston micro weddings, and it lists a handful of wedding venues that have special packages catering towards the 25 and under guest count! As with any sort of event planning, I suggest that you identify the feel of the space that you’re looking for first – whether it be rustic, luxury hotel, down to earth backyard, waterfront, on a beach resort, etc, and then go from there in terms of your venue search!
First thing is first – get that invite list sorted and the guest count. Talk to your family and fiance about what their comfort level would be in terms of protection. Would everyone get covid tested before hand? Would everyone keep masks on the entire time? Would all guests be required to quarantine prior to the event? Then, identify what you want your ceremony to look like – whether you’re hiring a JP or asking a friend to get a one-day solemnization license. Then, figure out your food and catering options. Some couples are happy with takeout Chinese food. Some hire a private caterer!