Whether couples consider extra precautions, like conducting rapid COVID-19 tests at the wedding, will likely depend on whether the event is indoors or outdoors, how large the group is, or whether attendees have health conditions that make COVID-19 particularly risky, Kay said.
Cordogan, at Big City Brides, has had a handful of clients hire testing companies.
Others have offered guests wristbands signaling their preferred degree of social distancing: one color for those happy to hug, another for elbow bumps, and yet another for people who want plenty of space, Cordogan said.
Couples using the wristbands have typically had family members who are elderly or immunocompromised attending, but Cordogan said she thinks it could work for any group, as people gathering for the first time in months may not know how cautious their friends and family are feeling.
One key wedding feature still off-limits: a packed reception dance floor. Whether dance floors will be allowed in the bridge phase is still being discussed, the Illinois Department of Public Health said in an email.
Bowles, who said her DJ was among the first people she hired for her wedding, is crossing her fingers that restriction lifts before August. “It’s a dancing crowd,” she said.
Erickson, at Walden, said some couples have brought in alternate, socially distanced entertainment like board games or dueling pianos. Photo booths remain popular, though props are off limits, she said.
“Everybody’s holding their breath,” Cordogan said. “And even if they have to dance at their tables, they will dance at their tables.”©2021 Chicago Tribune. Visit chicagotribune.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.