What To Expect For Your 2020 Wedding

Coronavirus is still here, but restrictions are starting to ease ever so slightly. And as things continue to change and hopefully get better, we’ll be able to do more and more.

Including the ability to gather.

But, what will that really mean? What will that look like?

And how will that affect your 2020 wedding (or your wedding in 2021)?

These are big questions that no one has the exact answer to. Because like with everything having to do with COVID-19, there are a lot of unknowns.

But, given the information we have and the proposed stages of reopening, there are some things you can reasonably expect.

And I think it’s super important that you’re aware of what your wedding in 2020 or 2021 could look like. Because that can change not only when you want to have your wedding, but the kind of wedding you want to have.


Elegant destination wedding ceremony at Calistoga Ranch by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Kate Webber)

Once gatherings of people are allowed, there will be restrictions around those gatherings.

And the rules around those gatherings will be different in different countries, states, and counties. In addition, CDC and WHO recommendations may be different than what your local government allows.

Also, as the situation changes and infections increase or decrease, there will likely be changes to those restrictions.

So, you’ll want to make sure you’re paying attention to multiple authorities and are staying up to date in order to make good decisions.

But, what we can reasonably expect is that when we can gather, the size of those gatherings will start small and then slowly increase.

I would imagine we’d start at about 10 people and then increase to 25 or 50. Then from there to 100-200.

The bigger gatherings beyond that will likely not come for some time, but will come in increments.

So, be aware that while you may be able to gather, the number of people at your wedding will be limited.

There will also be requirements for events and weddings.

Masks, hand sanitizer and gloves will be needed. These are items you’ll have to add into your budget.

Social distancing is going to be required. And this is going to affect many things from your seating to your venue.

Temperature checks may be needed along with a medical professional to do those checks.

At first, outdoor gatherings may only be allowed. Which means outdoor weddings only.

There will be requirements and logistics around the sanitation of equipment and areas that are high touch.

In order to prevent contact and touching, food and beverage will be handled differently. No buffets or sharing options.

And venues and wedding vendors will need to have protocols in place to ensure the health and safety for both the wedding guests and the team working the event.


So, what does all of that mean?

It means weddings will look and feel different for a while, at least until there is a vaccine or treatment.

It also means that the flow of your wedding, what you do and how you do it, will be affected. Every vendor you work with will need to adjust how they work and what they can offer in order to keep everyone safe.

Which means the entire wedding will operate, cost and look much different.

Be prepared for the cost of services, staff and equipment to increase. And additional logistics will be required to ensure everyone’s safety.

You’ll have changes to your guest list. And your parents, grandparents or wedding party may not be able to attend.

Because the people who can attend will be those who don’t have to travel, who aren’t in a high risk group and who feel comfortable attending.

You’ll have to change your wedding plans. Like no longer being able to have a dessert bar. Or not being able to have a father daughter dance. Or only sitting people from the same household together.

You’ll also need to be prepared to say hi, hug and dance from afar.

And you’ll need to be prepared for sudden changes.

As the situation gets better or worse in your area, restrictions will be adjusted. And these may happen quickly.

Which means your wedding will need to adjust quickly as well.


Now, I know this all sounds very gloom and doom. And I don’t mean it in that way!

Please know that you can still have an amazing wedding with restrictions.

But, it will be different.

And it’s important you understand the reality of that.

And know what you’re getting yourself into.

Bride and groom standing under an arch in traditional Indian wedding attire covering their faces at a multicultural wedding at the Los Altos History Museum by Bay Area based destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Bethany Carlson)

Which leads me to the most important part, what you need for your 2020 wedding.

You NEED a good team.

You’ll be relying on your team of wedding vendors to help make your wedding both amazing AND safe.

In person weddings in 2020 and 2021 no matter how small, will be more complicated to plan and execute.

And more so than ever will it be important to choose the right wedding vendors that will take care of you and your wedding.

And that includes a wedding planner.

There already is a lot to think about, plan for and coordinate with a normal wedding. But, with a Coronavirus wedding, there’s even more to think about.

Do yourself a favor and hire a professional wedding planner, RIGHT NOW.

Having someone to help you through this process and these uncertain times, will make all the difference.

Please contact us here and let us help you. But, even if it’s not us, getting help from a professional will make planning (or adjusting) your upcoming wedding so much easier.

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