A COVID Wedding Story (A Cautionary Tale)
I had a scare the other day. A COVID wedding scare.
I got the dreaded call.
That someone I had met with a few days earlier had tested positive for COVID. They had met with someone who tested positive and now they had tested positive.
And they were now calling me.
This was a fully vaccinated person.
This was a breakthrough infection.
And when you get that kind of news, everything stops.
It’s like in the movies when everything is speeding by and then suddenly it’s now in slow mo.
Everything has to stop to deal with COVID.
It upends your schedule, your work, your life.
Because you have to scramble to get tested. You have to quarantine. You have to cancel appointments and plans.
And you have to think about everyone you came into contact with and inform them.
And then it upends all of their lives.
It’s like a family tree, it just continues and grows and passes down the line.
And then time really slows because now you have to wait.
Wait to get your results. Wait to get the results of others. And wait to hear about those who are more at risk.
Honestly, it’s a mess.
And it’s intensely stressful because it’s this huge thing just hanging over you.
Luckily my test came back negative as did the tests of those I was in contact with.
But I’m not going to lie, it was a bit scary.
It’s not that I was scared about getting sick myself.
While I obviously don’t want to get COVID, I’m also not someone at risk. But when you have a family member, friend, colleague or a client who is at risk (or one of their family members is), that’s what’s scary.
In my case, it was a couple I was working with who’s parents are immunocompromised.
And that fear is real when you’re met with the possibility that you’re positive. That you could hurt someone else unintentionally.
Because you do not want to be the person who caused someone else pain, suffering or death.
It’s pretty much the worst thing.
Which is why COVID is so scary. The threat is real.
I mean the threat was always real. But with vaccinations, we’re all getting out more and doing more. And we should live our lives!
But breakthrough infections are happening left and right.
And even though vaccines help a lot, they aren’t full proof.
Couple that with the wedding boom happening right now and you have a potential issue.
Because there are A LOT of people getting married right now.
Which means there are lots of big and small groups getting together with mixed vaccination status. Or even if everyone is vaccinated, there is still risk.
Now, I’m not trying to scare you.
I share my story because if you haven’t had a COVID scare yet, you’re likely going to.
Unless you’re going back into hermit mode, there is definitely a chance you’ll come into contact with someone infected.
It’s just the reality.
I was lucky. Tremendously lucky.
I am also fully vaccinated and happen to live in a part of the country that takes vaccination seriously. I also take the pandemic seriously and take precautions to protect others.
But even with that all that, there was certainly a chance it could’ve turned out another way.
There’s a chance your COVID scare could turn out another way.
And that affects your wedding a great deal.
Not just the planning of it, but you yourself and how you interact with people before and during the wedding.
Because your actions affect others and who they come into contact with.
So what does that mean?
It means taking precautions and doing all the things we’ve been talking about for the last year.
Because you don’t want to regret a decision you made.
So, wear a mask at the meeting. Ask about a vendor’s vaccination status before you hire them. Have an outdoor wedding.
Do all the things you can do because then at least if something were to happen, you know you did what you could.
You can’t control everything, you just can’t. But you can control some things.
Do what you can to control what you can control.
And then if and when the COVID wedding scare comes, you won’t have any regrets.
And don’t forget we can help with the wedding side! Having a destination wedding planner to help you through these decisions both wedding and travel related makes it so much easier.
Contact us today to set up a free consultation.