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PA Is Lifting the COVID-19 Restrictions – What It Means for Your Wedding

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COVID-19 has been a massive problem for all of the world, but with the COVID-19 vaccination starting to get into more and more people, it has started becoming less of a problem. In Pennsylvania, starting on May 31st, 2021, most COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted. However, that doesn’t mean that things are going to instantly head back to normal.

If you have decided to do a summer 2021 wedding, or want to take this change in legislation as a chance to resume wedding plans that were cut off by the pandemic, then you need to know a few things.

What’s Actually Being Lifted?

Before you throw your collection of masks into the garbage and crowd up next to people at your wedding, you should know what is being changed. For starters, the 25%-75% occupancy rating for businesses has been lifted. All businesses and gatherings are open at 100% capacity, so everyone can come to see your wedding. Other than that, and all businesses reopening, that’s about it.

What Isn’t Being Lifted?

As you are planning a wedding in 2021, you should still keep in mind the restrictions that haven’t been lifted for gatherings. For example, mask rules have not been lifted until over 70% of people in Pennsylvania have been vaccinated, so you will need to wear your mask when entering a business. Additionally, you will still need to practice social distancing and stay six feet apart.

Additionally, while it isn’t a rule most wedding locations will have surfaces be cleaned and sanitized before and after the event. If you hire caterers for your wedding, then they will have their own rules regarding the preparation of food and the giving of that food to your guests.

Finally, while weddings are a grand event for both family and friends, it’s still common sense to have people who are sick stay home. Whether they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or some other sickness, keeping them home is still something that will slow the spread of any disease.

How Does This Impact Your Wedding Band?

The increased occupancy rating means that more and more people can see the two lovebirds get hitched. Additionally, it means that the dance floor will be packed whenever the reception music starts to play!

If you need to hire wedding bands PA, then there are some things you will need to keep in mind when adding music and dancing to the equation. Most live wedding bands will still be in service for you during your wedding, and you just need to make a few adjustments.

While the 6ft dancing rule might make it hard to have everyone on the dance floor, you can get around this restriction by simply having some live music for ambience. There’s nothing like having a meal while soft music plays in the background, and it really adds to the atmosphere.

If you really want to have your dance floor get used, then hiring a live band is a great idea! They know what songs to play so that people can get into the energy and dance, even while respecting social distancing rules. You might not be able to do a conga line, but you can still bust a move!

Additionally, certain traditions such as the Father Daughter dance and the First Dance are still unaffected by the COVID restrictions. The couple will still be able to dance to their wedding song, only this time they can do it in front of all their family and friends.

Wedding Bands in Philadelphia are still great options if you need live music for your wedding, and they won’t be as affected by the various COVID rules still in place.

Other Ways You Can Have A Safe and Fun Wedding

Even with all of the restrictions in place, here are a few more tips to make your wedding the best it can be:

1. If you don’t want to deal with the chaos of a kitchen and having everyone crowded together in order to be served, try having your catering delivered to you. Several restaurants deliver catering packages to your location, and you can easily set it up and have it for the guests to eat. It puts a bit of work on the guests, but then you don’t have to worry about the food preparation and just about getting it to your guests. And most wedding bands, will fit in your yard to help take your at-home wedding to a whole other level!

2. Additionally, you can livestream your wedding or place it on Zoom to show the people who might not be able to get to the wedding for travel or health reasons. It might not be the same as being there, but it is pretty close and allows people to get a look at the wedding ceremony. Plus, they can still interact with the guests and with the bride and groom, so it’s not an entirely passive experience.

3. Finally, you can make masks custom for your wedding guests. Instead of suffering through watching everyone wear boring surgical masks, people will design custom face masks that can match what people are wearing. The bride and groom can even have special face masks just for them. It will certainly make the mask requirement a lot easier to bear! Plus, it will make pictures easier to take and look at when everyone’s smiles are not obscured by their masks!

Having A “New-Normal” Wedding

Getting married is something that is still possible during the era of COVID, and with the increase in vaccinations and the decrease in restrictions, more and more people are getting back to their new normal and resuming their weddings. As long as you keep an eye on the restrictions that will more than likely keep on changing, you can have a wedding without a hitch.

Whether you are resuming wedding plans that were put on hold, or have found new love in the midst of the pandemic, you can make sure that your wedding goes off without a hitch. Then the wedding venue can be filled 100% with friends, family, and loved ones!

Nils is an active musician and businessman in the Philadelphia area. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a degree in Jazz Studies on Saxophone, he returned to the east coast and began his employment at BVTLive! He is currently the Marketing Director, and an Event Specialist at BVTLive and the Saxophone player and horn section leader in the band Big Ric Rising. With hundreds of wedding performances under his belt, Nils continues to freelance on both saxophone and voice, working very much in the artistic world as well as the wedding and special event industry.

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