4 Tips For Your 2022 COVID Wedding

So we’re almost halfway through 2022 and yes, COVID is still here. Things are not quite normal yet, despite there being pretty much no rules or restrictions anymore.

And although we all have a massive desire for things to be normal, it doesn’t magically make it so.

Sad, but true.

So where does that leave us? And where does that leave weddings in 2022?

Well, unlike the past couple of years, the 2022 COVID wedding is shaping up to be a little different.

And because of that there are some important tips to keep in mind as you’re planning your destination wedding this year. And this applies whether your wedding is happening in 2022 or 2023.

Tip #1: Plan early, plan fast

Everyone is getting married right now.

That means tons of weddings ALL happening at once.

We talked about this wedding surge / wedding boom before, but it’s no joke.

Both services and products are dealing with massive supply and demand issues. And this is happening literally everywhere.

The rule of thumb right now is that if you need something, book it and don’t delay.

There is no time for hemming and hawing anymore. Quick decision makers will get the worm.

And now is also the best time to hire a destination wedding planner to help make this process faster for you.

Tip #2: Make your own COVID rules

Bride and groom at their wedding reception in the redwoods at a forest wedding in Santa Cruz by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Kirsten Noelle)

Everyone is getting married right now. Yes, I know I said that already. But I want to add that everyone is getting married right now, no matter what.

It doesn’t matter if there is a surge going on or what the situation is like in an area.

And because there are basically no rules or restrictions anymore, if you’re concerned about yourselves, your guests, your family or your community, you have to make some of your own rules.

Which means you might need to be the bad guy.

And I know that’s not fun, but if this is important to you, there is no other way.

Make the rules that you need to make and try to make it as easy for your guests as possible to meet your requirements like providing free testing.

It won’t be fun, but it will help protect people.

Tip #3: Plan for less guests

Intimate forest wedding ceremony with benches and wildflowers at an Autocamp Yosemite mountain wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Mary Meck Weddings)

Right now we’re in the midst of a COVID surge. Like when the Omicron nightmare hit, it’s like COVID is everywhere.

You know it’s a surge when you learn you’ve come into close contact with someone who is now sick.

I keep hearing of people testing positive and getting sick, left and right. And I’m sure you are too.

It’s everywhere right now. And surges are going to continue to happen in 2022 and 2023 and likely into the future as well.

When those surges hit is anyone’s guess.

But, what that means is you’re likely going to get more people dropping out at the last minute.

There will be more cancellations than normal because everyone is out and about again.

So, plan with that at the back of your mind, which means adjusting counts slightly. It also means being at peace with the fact that someone important may not be able to attend. And that is just the way it’s going to be.

Which leads me to my last tip for your 2022 COVID wedding…

Tip #4: Take care of yourself

A relaxed bride enjoying the view at a San Francisco destination wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Jerry Yoon Photographers)

With surges and everything going on, it’s super important that you take care of yourself.

You cannot and do not want to miss your own wedding!

While you can’t really control if someone else gets sick and misses your wedding, you can control what you do and who you come into contact with.

Start isolating yourself 2 weeks before your wedding. Even if it’s not 100% isolation, anything you do to reduce your daily contacts will only help you.

Make smart decisions in those 2 weeks.

It may not be as fun, but it’s a form of self care.

Because it will be worth it if you don’t have to worry about whether you have to make the choice of missing your wedding or infecting everyone.

Both are bad choices obviously and no one wants to deal with that. So try your hardest not to end up in that situation.

Because the 2022 COVID wedding is a different beast than 2020 or 2021.

It’s both better and worse for different reasons.

These tips will help you plan better and make it less frustrating. And while I’m talking about 2022, these same tips will apply if you’re planning now for the future wedding in 2023 or beyond.

Keep them in mind as you think through your wedding plans.

And if you need help navigating through the 2022 COVID wedding or any future ones, please contact us today. While we have limited availability, but would love to help you.

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