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Is a wedding without facemasks possible?

Chris, on April 30, 2020 at 9:47 PM Posted in Community Conversations 0 13
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Our wedding has been rescheduled for 08/29/20 in Miami, FL. Our estimated guest count is no more than 50 guests. Let’s say we are in phase 3 by the time August rolls around, do you think my guests will be required to wear a face mask? Thoughts?


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    Expert December 2020
    Anais ·
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    It's still really hard to tell, especially because I think each state will be different because they're handling re-openings differently.

    I do think it's a possibility we will be wearing masks for a few more months.

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  • Nefetera
    Rockstar March 2015
    Nefetera ·
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    I beleive it will be a choice at this time however only time will tell.
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  • K
    Savvy January 2021
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    I think we will be “encouraged” to wear face masks until there’s a vaccine or drug treatment. Transmission of the virus by people who are not showing symptoms will take place regardless if your state is in Phase 1 or Phase 3. A face mask in public settings is one of the only ways to prevent asymptomatic spread of the virus right now.

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  • Julie
    VIP February 2020
    Julie ·
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    Here's my thing. A lot of the states that are opening right now are doing so during the peak of infection rate. That's going to take us back to square one. If people continues to stay isolated for another month or two, you'd have a MUCH better chance of a mask-free wedding on your date.
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  • Courtney
    Expert July 2020
    Courtney ·
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    I'm in Florida . The state is starting to reopen May 4, however South Florida (Miami) will not be reopening yet. I'm not sure when they are going to reopen. Some of our groomsmen may not be able to get their suit on time. I'd recommend checking with your venue and see what they say. Or give it until June or early July then make a decision. At least your guest count is low!
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  • Amazing Planning
    Dedicated June 2016
    Amazing Planning ·
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    I would offer and encourage it, especially if any higher risk people(older or not perfect health) are going to be their for the simple fact of running the risk of them getting sick after the wedding if vaccines arent produced by then. Not worth a thing such as fancy pictures when you hear that you have to cut the celebration short cuz you grandparent got sick . You could do bandanas which can be personalized, and there are now whole fashion lines behind making masks now. No reason it has to look like a doctors conference, and has more of a kiss it Corona we made it feel to it.
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  • Amanda
    VIP December 2020
    Amanda Online ·
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    I believe we will still be wearing face mask in August at this point. The company I work for is currently working with the company who designed our uniforms to create a fabric uniform mask for all of us to wear. They stated there is no end date at this time. I would think that maybe they would be ok to not wear a mask in a small, controlled environment but you will for sure still have some guests wearing them. I am even expecting some guests at our December wedding to still be wearing masks, I'm just hoping social distancing will be over by that point.

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  • C
    Dedicated April 2021
    Chris ·
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    So far our venue expects to reopen by June 1, but that’s an estimation of course. I’m ok if some people wear masks by choice as long as it’s not a requirement. I guess time will tell!
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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
    Gen ·
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    Idk about “required” but personally I’d be way more likely to attend a wedding if face masks were at least encouraged, if not mandated
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  • Katie
    Devoted January 2021
    Katie ·
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    I would try to think more about how to accommodate social distancing, that is more significant and the more difficult work around. I’m sure you’re guests would feel more comfortable knowing tables and seats have been spread out more.
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  • Kristina
    Dedicated July 2020
    Kristina ·
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    I agree with this. I think it would be more about social distancing that all of us brides will have to incorporate this into our wedding. I totally would understand if some guests feel more comfortable wearing a mask at my wedding.
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    Dedicated May 2021
    Vall ·
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    We are in the same boat (in Ga). According to Dr Fauci they said social distancing will be going on well into the summer so most likely masks will too. This is an individual decision though, if you're comfortable with masks at your wedding and social distancing then go for it. My venue said they will be social distancing and it's up to the guests if they want to wear a mask. They are not checking temperatures but will supply hand sanitizers.

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  • ElucidBride215
    Savvy May 2021
    ElucidBride215 ·
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    My opinion may not be very popular here. I'm an August bride who will likely postpone to October for this reason. If masks are going to be required on one of the most important days of my life, and we are literally spending hundreds of dollars for hair and makeup, I am not comfortable doing that. (In addition to making people feel uncomfortable that it is too soon after the reopening).

    And what about all the photos with family and friends wearing masks? I don't think it will be feasible to ask people to wear a mask while eating, drinking, and socializing/dancing because a) it is a formal event where people want to look good, whats the point of wearing makeup?; b) I don't want my wedding to be reminiscent of a fallout shelter; and c) you will sweat and be uncomfortable in these masks (esp. something like an N95 is very warm and leaves bad marks on your face).

    If masks are required in the fall then i'm likely going to scrap the whole thing. If you have to wear a mask to an event like that then to me there's no point in having makeup, hair, photography, etc. - it's an emotional event, and by wearing masks, you are taking away the feel of those emotions because you can't even see anyone's faces! I hate the idea of seeing a photo with me and my grandmother and her wearing a mask. I won't remember the memory of it, I'll be too focused on what a horrible, stressful time it was in our lives. Which is really depressing, but also the hard truth.

    Obviously, it is a different situation to give your guests the option, and some people will likely show wearing them anyway (which is fine, I can't ask people to not wear them). I just don't want my entire wedding day to be ruined because I'm stressed out about guests feeling really uncomfortable being there, but those individuals just probably won't come anyway. But, on the other hand, I can't just wait this out a year either, as we want to start a family.

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