Within a few days of weddings finally being allowed to have dancing again in Nebraska, coronavirus infections are on the upswing in several states.
Even though we haven't exactly seen an uptick in daily case counts here in the Cornhusker State, some engaged couples might be starting to wonder: Is this the start of a second wave? If so, how will it affect my wedding? And should I reschedule it to a later date?
The short, unpleasant answer to the first question is that health experts are saying the United States has not even gotten through the current first wave of infections.
Forecasters are citing evidence that the second wave may not hit until later this year by predicting that the coronavirus will spread more easily as the weather turns cold in early September and could last through February.
If this is true, anyone planning a wedding between September 2020 and February 2021 will definitely be affected by a second wave and it might be a good time to start weighing your options.
So, what should you do?
Ask to reserve 2 dates
The truth is that nobody really has any clue if a second wave is going to hit and, if it does, what impact it will have on everything. Will the country stay reopened or will it shut everything down again?
That's why many couples who are planning weddings for July, August and September are currently reaching out to their vendors to ask if they could still keep their original wedding date and put a hold on another date in the future, only if the government puts a restriction on crowd size again.
This proactive approach ensures that you can have peace of mind by knowing that you have your vendors secured no matter what happens and if there isn't a shut down then your backup date is now available for the vendor to book a different wedding.
Make it a virtual wedding
During the first wave of coronavirus, we were seeing the majority of couples decide to get married anyway but postpone their reception for a later date.
Instead of having their guests put themselves at risk of getting sick to attend their wedding, they were broadcasting the nuptials on Zoom or Facebook Live, so that they could still share that special moment with their favorite people.
Many wedding vendors are offering their clients the ability to go live at their weddings and Crown DJ's recently started offering the virtual weddings to their clients at no additional.
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A virtual wedding is an excellent way for you to keep your original wedding date intact if a second wave forces you reduce your guest count significantly at your ceremony and it can be broadcast simultaneously on the Bride and Groom's personal Facebook profiles.
Plus, you can still keep many of the traditional elements of your wedding intact by going virtual, such as the ceremony, grand entrance, first dance, cake cutting and toasts.
Or, throw a speakeasy wedding
Speakeasies refer to the practice of speaking discretely about a particular time and place in such a manner that it would not alert the police or neighbors, and just because it wasn't getting any mentions on the news or social media, some wedding receptions were still happening despite having crowd size restrictions in place, especially in May and June.
With that said, we are not suggesting you to break the law but it is happening and you can make your own decisions based on that.
In conclusion, we want to know what your thoughts are about the second wave. Are you concerned about it? If so, what are some precautions that you're taking?