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A Sense of Normalcy: Summer Weddings, COVID, and Vaccines

Published Monday, Jun. 7th, 2021

Summer wedding season has officially begun!




Summer wedding season officially kicked off last week, and we couldn’t be more excited!

This season looks a little different than in years past, but as more Americans are vaccinated against the virus, and most states lift some or all of their COVID-19 restrictions, things are starting to feel almost normal again. 

During this transitional period, it’s important to be prepared! You’ll be answering couples’ questions, helping them plan their ceremony, directing them to useful resources, and working closely with venues and other professionals. 

First, check your state and county websites to learn which mitigation orders are still in place locally, as they may vary from county to county within the same state. These are usually listed or linked on a Department of Health website. 

If you have a wedding planned at a private venue, or will be officiating a ceremony at one, call them directly to see what guidelines you’ll be expected to follow. Not all businesses will choose to go back to pre-pandemic capacity or guidelines right away, even when they're allowed to. 

As you probably know, wedding officiants, couples, and wedding guests are all navigating this new season as best they can, and each person will approach things a little differently. For example, some vaccinated folks will still want to wear masks, while some will be overjoyed to ditch them as quickly as possible. Some folks will stick with outdoor ceremonies and receptions to play it safe, while others will be excited to move their celebration indoors.

Be patient, be kind, and be prepared! 




Image is a photograph of several woman toasting at a wedding, taken from below, looking up through their outstretched hands, there are green tree leaves above



Here are a few recent articles to help you know what to expect: 




From guest lists to contracts and travel, what wedding officiants and couples can expect as more Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19 and wedding ceremonies slowly return to normal.




Couples will be asking wedding officiants and other wedding professionals if they’ve been vaccinated against COVID this summer. Learn what to expect and how to respond.




Bright, bold, colorful weddings are trending for 2021. What should wedding officiants wear to a ceremony filled with color? Stick to the basics or break out the patterns? 



Smaller, greener, more colorful, and more charitable: 6 trends for 2021 that show the wedding industry is changing not just for good, but for the better! 




Wedding pro Bethel Nathan predicts what will happen to these wedding ceremony trends in 2021 and 2022 as we head into a post - pandemic future: micro-wedding, minimony, hybrid virtual wedding, elopement. 



And visit our News Articles page to stay up to date on local and national wedding news! 



Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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