CHICAGO — Excel sheets with proof of vaccination alongside RSVPs. Questions about whether a bar for an after-party checks vaccine cards. Disagreements about whether people want to test, or be around people who won’t test, for COVID-19.
These are all some of the new layers of planning a wedding and surrounding events like bachelor parties or bridal showers, not only for the bride and groom or even a wedding planner, but maids of honor and best men.
In the time of COVID-19, this can mean navigating bachelorette and bridal shower guests’ vaccination status, conversations that can be at best tricky and at worst argumentative, and making tough decisions around who can come and how. Especially when occasions involve people traveling, the logistics can be impressive.
When Eliana Brant agreed to be a maid of honor for her Chicago friend’s wedding, she expected to be walking down the aisle in April 2020.
Like most 2020 weddings, that timeline changed.
At the bridal shower in February 2020, coronavirus was not yet an acute concern. Then, for the March bachelorette party in New Orleans, a pregnant attendee canceled at the last minute, concerned about exposure.
The bride, Megan McCann, remembers how they brought hand sanitizer and wipes but it became clear the world was shutting down; police closed Bourbon Street on their last night.
“The flight home was pretty scary and surreal,” McCann said. The next morning, they postponed their wedding for the first time.
A year and a half later, they’re in final prep for the celebration, rescheduled multiple times. In June, they eloped to Wisconsin for a small ceremony. Now, the wedding celebration is planned for early December. And Brant is coordinating an after-party.
“You would think that it would be a fairly straightforward task,” Brant said. “But still being in the pandemic, it definitely comes with extra challenges and considerations.”