Many of us are in a total coronavirus panic right now and no one really has any answers to alllll the questions we all want to ask. Let’s all take that big deep breath.
It’s your wedding day. No matter what, you can get married on that day and be married that day. If you’re restricted by the various different event size bans and worried about all of what’s to come, hey, I’m not going to lie, so am I.
Three Options in the Wake of the Coronavirus
Now that there’s a ban preventing events with more than 50 people from actually being executed within the next 8 weeks, you have 3 options:
— Hold a smaller event (elope!) that fits the restrictions (even if it’s just the two of you, your photographer and your officiant), and have a big wedding later when things are more resolved.
— Reschedule your wedding for another day in the future and look into Monday, Sunday and Thursday weddings are that’s when weddings happen less often and you will have good luck finding a day that works for all of your vendors.
— Hold your wedding as planned, and Livestream the day for those that cannot be present. You can use Zoom, Facebook Live in a Facebook Group to do this. Reduce the guest list.
At the end of the day look at your values & principles.
Sit with those three options if your wedding is within the next three months start looking at your values and principles. See what aligns with each of those three options. Remember that images can be given to everyone, so can video and you can also Livestream your event via an app like Zoom or just with an iPhone on a group Facebook live.
And most importantly: remember that you can have a big blow out 5-year vow renewal if things just don’t happen that epic beautiful way. I am so disappointed that we are facing what we are as New England launches into the wedding season. This is the build-up to the most exciting part of the year for this community and it’s saturated by concern, worry, and fear.
No matter what, if you get married on your planned day, it will be beautiful, it will be filled with love, and you will share your commitment with one another and at the end of the day that’s all that really matters.
Here’s the thing with life. It’s freaking hard, and there are times when things like a pandemic happen. It’s not like any of us can control life. So here we are, this is my 6th flight this month and I’m at LAX, with everyone around me on edge wearing various medical supplies thanks to the coronavirus.
Be mindful of resources…
Please keep in mind during this time that using unneeded medical supplies is impacting the overburdened and under-resourced medical system. Please just keep washing your hands, avoid tight spaces and large crowds, be mindful of the surfaces you are touching and how often you are disinfecting devices. Be cautious but the toilet paper stocks, medical gloves being used by everyone and anyone, and the unneeded facemasks are putting our medical workers at potential risks as their own supplies continue to dwindle.
Also: the whole craze with toilet paper? Y’all, for real?! Like I have been gone from home this whole time. I have no idea what the toilet paper status is at my house. I am frightened by the possibility of not having access to toilet paper.
For my clients or any potential clients, know that I am here with you through this. I will continue to be here with you through this. I’ve faced a lot worse and some pretty hard cards. We’ll figure this out. I promise I’ll be there on your day, unless travel restrictions impact me. However, I do have a national network ready to support us if any of my planned travel is impacted. I am also supporting other photographers who have been impacted by travel restrictions.
If you need help with setting up a Livestream option for your wedding please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .