Coronavirus and Your Chicago Wedding

Posted: 3/12/2020


Coronavirus Chicago Wedding

Coronavirus and Your Chicago Wedding


With the global spread of the Coronavirus, and fears of a wider outbreak in the United States, many couples are understandably nervous about the potential impact upon their upcoming weddings. This article is meant to bring some clarity to the challenges couples will, or may, face as their weddings approach.

When is your wedding? If it’s more than 3 months away, there’s a good chance you may not be impacted much. As of this writing, new cases of Covid-19 in South Korea are already dropping, according to Johns Hopkins Medical Center, which now has a real-time map tracking the global outbreak by the numbers. The first spread happened about 2 months ago. So if the United States follows the same pattern of new cases, the worst could be over by Memorial Day. Of course, nothing is certain. But there is also promising new research on potential treatments and even a vaccine.

What can you do to minimize your risk? First, if you’re sending a mailer to your invited guests, include an insert with the CDC’s recommendations – wash your hands frequently, try not to touch your face, and if you feel ill, call your doctor promptly and ask to be tested for the virus.

At your wedding, put out hand sanitizer on every table – dinner tables, escort card table, gift table, etc. While face masks may or may not be a sure-fire form of protection, they can stop an infected guest’s cough or sneeze from reaching people nearby; so consider making a basket of masks available to your guests who want them.

Get your venue’s assurance that all surfaces have been cleaned and sanitized just before your reception.

Since your elderly relatives are most vulnerable (especially those with underlying health problems), don’t be surprised if they choose not to attend. Yes, it’s disappointing, but consider visiting them as soon as possible after your honeymoon to share your joy. Also, you may wish to skip an Anniversary Dance, where the longest-married couple is the last couple left on the dance floor.

Accept that some invited guests may choose not to come, or may be unable to travel if there are restrictions. Try to get an accurate count a couple weeks before the wedding, so you’re not paying for 30 meals that won’t be needed.

Are you having your ceremony and reception at the same place? If it’s during the warm season, consider having your ceremony outdoors, where your guests can be spaced just a little farther apart, and a guest’s infected sneeze may just be carried harmlessly away by the wind.

Some benefits of being a Fourth Estate Audio client. First, if you're nervous that a face-to-face entertainment consultation may expose you to a risk of virus transmission, we're happy to meet via Skype instead.

You can do all of your wedding entertainment planning right at home, with our simplified online party worksheets and our interactive online song request list.

Also, if you decide that you just don’t want to risk your wedding right now, your deposit payment will apply to any event you schedule with us up to one year from your original wedding date.

I hope this article has been helpful.

Jay Congdon, President

© Fourth Estate Audio, 2020 - Jay Congdon is president of Fourth Estate Audio, a professional Chicago DJ and Chicago Wedding DJ company.

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