Answering Questions about Weddings and COVID-19

Peter Tonguette
Mackenzie and Jim Hirst opted for a lower-risk outdoor ceremony and reception at Brookside Golf & Country Club on Sept. 19.

This story first appeared in the spring/summer 2021 issue of Columbus Weddings, which was published in December 2020.  

Even during a normal year, wedding planning can be a stressful, exhausting and downright overwhelming process. 

During the coronavirus pandemic, however, planning the big day has never felt more fraught. It’s one thing to agonize over cake and icing combinations; it’s quite another to worry about contact tracing if one of your guests falls ill. 

In search of guidance about the new normal, Columbus Weddings turned to local industry experts to answer a series of wedding-related questions you never thought you’d ask. 

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Let your guests know that this decision was very difficult, but after careful consideration it seems the best way to protect your guests’ health and safety. Remember this decision was made to ensure that no one becomes sick because of attending your wedding. Create an across-the-board rule for how you’re reducing the guest list—for example, keeping it to immediate family and the bridal party. This way uninvited guests won’t take your decision personally, and there are no hurt feelings. Most important: I recommend a personal touch by picking up the phone and reaching out to the guests who you will unfortunately no longer be able to accommodate. —Cathi Fallon, The Etiquette Institute of Ohio 

Kaylee and Nick England let guests know about their rescheduled wedding date via a cute postcard.