Covid-19: Should I Skip Prom? Cancel My Wedding?

In the past few weeks, we’ve been plunged into a whole new reality, one that is ruled by Covid-19, also known as the Coronavirus or novel Coronavirus. Overnight, it seems almost everything has changed: grocery stores are subject to panic buying (good luck finding toilet paper!), you see people wearing medical masks almost everywhere and more than one in three Americans are subjected to “shelter in place” orders, wherein non-essential businesses, including schools are largely shut down and citizens are expected to self-quarantine.

It’s surely a time of uncertainty, and if you’re planning a wedding or hoping to attend prom this year, doubtless it’s also a time of frustration.

Should You Skip Prom or Cancel Your Wedding?

With state and federal guidelines changing by the day, the first thing to consider is, “Will I legally be allowed to have a wedding or attend prom?” Obviously, if public gatherings are illegal in your city or state, hosting a wedding or attending a prom is completely out of the question.

But what if you’re not subjected to any self-isolation or quarantine restrictions? How should you plan, knowing that next week or even tomorrow the scenario might change?

Firstly, we would encourage you to consider the health of others, especially your close family and friends. Is there anyone in your close circle who has compromised health or who is otherwise more vulnerable to infection? If so, we would strongly discourage you from large group gatherings, whether they are legal or not.

Still not convinced? Consider this family from New Jersey who lost four members to the Coronavirus after a family gathering.

Contingency Planning

With so much up in the air, trying to plan for a June wedding or May prom may seem daunting, to say the least. Despite this, you can still arrange aspects of either event that can be “rolled over” to a later time frame.

For instance, let’s say your planning on a May wedding that may or may not move forward given the current situation. Whether or not you have your wedding in May or at a later date, you’ll still need a dress, so why not go ahead and order one so that you at least have that in place should your May date go ahead?

The same goes for prom. Just because your April or May prom is cancelled doesn’t mean it won’t be rescheduled for a later date. Even if it’s not, it can always be used for next year’s homecoming or prom dress.

After all, isn’t it better to have a dress waiting for you in your closet than to scramble last minute for dress you may or may not be able to find?

Other Options

If you have your heart set on prom or have already booked venues and vendors for your wedding, there is another option for balancing the Coronavirus with your plans: Keep it small!

For example, have a few friends over for prom and transform your living room or basement into a prom paradise. Prom is all about who you’re with, so why not keep it small and have you nearest and dearest with you!

Likewise, for a wedding, you can always keep the ceremony small and delay the reception until the risks of Covid-19 have passed. Or, you can opt for a vow renewal in a year or two.

Any which way you choose, we hope you have a memorable time!

What Do You Think?

What do you think about Covid-19? How has it affected you? Please drop us a line and let us know your thoughts!