All of those extra things added into the mix of a wedding day did not affect the actual reason why we were there in the first place, which was to celebrate the love of two people. They became more of an afterthought because we have already adjusted to the idea of over sanitizing and talking to each other through masks, in our daily lives. At this point, we need to understand that…
“People are becoming more accustomed to our current normal and are enjoying themselves more than they were a few months ago,” Brandon Shabazz of Premier Entertainment Austin stated, “How people behave at weddings are a direct reflection of how the couple behaves and what venues allow.” Every vendor in the wedding industry is going above and beyond the words, safety and cautious, because at the end of the day we want our clients to have their dream wedding and we want everyone to go home healthy.
“We've worked with a vast array of solutions for various types of wedding changes,” Christy, owner of Cakes Rock!!! stated. Right now, all we can recommend is pivoting, hiring a planner to help you do so, and KEEP ON with your plans. This will not be eradicated for a while, if even ever, so we just need to focus on what we can celebrate in the moment and no body can roll with the punches quicker than your team of selected vendors. Ashlee Voda, owner of Mrs. Planner + VP of Associated Wedding Planners of Austin, has created a list of several suggestions on how to accommodate a wedding during these times.
Unfortunately, there are a few things that we are starting to learn are not working at weddings - and that may be the extra tableware for decor, or even buffets. We encourage our guests to ask each vendor what they need to do to help create their vision, while still complying with the Open Texas Checklist. A new suggestion we starting telling our couples is to do the toasts the night before at the rehearsal dinner - you are with an intimate, smaller group and those people are more likely to be more comfortable with that microphone being passed. If that won't work, there are also disposable microphone covers on Amazon!
We encourage everyone at this point to stick with their current date, follow the legal implications and do what YOU need to do. If your fiancé or mother is immune-compromised, it's okay to elope. We just don't want anyone to miss an opportunity to celebrate because the future has always and will always be uncertain.