I know right now, a lot of the hang up around planning a 2021 wedding is the mask issue.
please note: we are 100% compliant. We mask, and if we know we will be inside, we actually double mask. We have an immunocompromised child and understand the risks. We are even going to our car to eat during weddings, so we can remove our masks away from the guests.
Whenever I talk to couples about this, everyone’s big fear is masks in their wedding photos. I know some people are even putting off geting married because of them.
I get it, I really do. I promise. No one wants masks in all of their photos.
But guess what …
They do not have to be in every photo. We can create amazing things adhering to social distancing. We also photograph in a way that even in the background, masks are not super noticeable.
You don’t have to wear a mask while having your makeup done. Your hair and makeup artists do, and anyone not in the hair or makeup chair does, but it’s not going to be super obvious in photos.
Most of your ceremony photos will be of the backs of your guests heads (so you won’t even see their masks) and focused only on you and your fiance – and you don’t have to be masked during that.
At your reception, if they’re sitting at their tables, they’re not masked. Again, no masks in your photos there.
You can now stand and mingle and hang out without masks as long as you have food or drink in hand – so things like cocktail hour, play lawn games and photobooth are all a go – read details here (some of these things will require masks at certain times – number 17 on the document). The language states: “Standing is prohibited in any area of the establishment, except when engaging in allowable entertainment activities or while in the lobby/waiting area. In these instances, 6 feet of distance between patrons must be maintained.”
Your special dance with your partner – again, no masks. Parent dances are requiring a mask if you don’t live in the same household as your parent.
When you’re in photos with your spouse, you aren’t going to be masked.
We can now photograph groups of up to 75 people and they may remove their masks for the photos – details are here.
Is it different? Yes. But not really that different.
It will all be ok, though.
I’ve included a few photos to show you what we can do WITH masks and/or socially distanced. These weddings have a full gallery of photos, many without masks because we were able to safely make them happen for them – check out some wedding blog posts here where masks were mandated: