I’ll be the first to say that wedding planning during COVID-19 (both for myself and for my couples) has been one of the most challenging things I’ve ever experienced. If you’re reading this blog, please know: THIS IS A NO JUDGEMENT ZONE. My intent is to help those who are already planning on moving forward with their weddings to do so in a way that is as safe as possible.
There are so many reasons why people are continuing to get married right now: one partner may be being deployed, a venue may not allow them to reschedule, a couple may need to start their family soon and can’t wait a year, their date may be sentimental, a parent may be terminal — the reasons are countless. You don’t need another person telling you what to do with your wedding, so I’m here to help by providing tips and recommendations to keep your guests safe during coronavirus, should you decide to still host your wedding during the pandemic!
Coming from my personal experience, I’ve photographed both tiny elopements, micro-weddings (or mini-monies), and full size weddings safely (!!!) in 2020 and I’ve been SO proud of these couples choosing to still hold celebrations while taking the proper care and safety precautions. (And before you ask: Yes! I’ve been actively getting tested and following the laws in the locations I’ve been shooting. I have made the personal choice to still work during this period because simply put: I support my couple’s decisions, I promised to be there no matter what, anddddd I need to pay my rent and feed my family.)
Here is a non-exhaustive list of coronavirus wedding safety precautions:
Have you seen additional ways people are doing safe wedding planning during COVID-19? Comment them below, I’d love to add to the list!
Paige Vaughn is an Austin and San Francisco Wedding Photographer specializing in fun, romantic and vibrant wedding, engagement, couple and boudoir photography. Within the Bay Area, we serve San Francisco, the South Bay, Peninsula, and East Bay: San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Carlos, Burlingame, Los Altos, Milpitas, Union City, Fremont, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Carmel, Monterey, Santa Cruz and surrounding areas. Within the Central Texas area, we serve: downtown Austin, Dripping Springs, Georgetown, East Austin, Wimberley, New Braunfels, San Antonio, and Houston. She is available for destination weddings and engagement sessions! Contact her for more detailed pricing.