Your Wedding & COVID-19

What we know so far...

BY: Amanda Perkins, Wedding Planner

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2020 and now 2021 has been filled with uncertainty, and now as we navigate through NY State's reopening plan, information - especially about weddings and other events - seems to be inconsistent. To help ease some of the confusion and uncertainty, we have compiled the following list of NYS guidelines that we believe should be considered when planning your event. This update is as of April 20, 2021.  For the most up-to-date info, click here for NY Forward Site.


As of April 2021 according to the NYS Governor's office:

-weddings of up to 50% capacity of the venue, or 150 people maximum are allowed.

-ALL guests must be tested prior to attending for COVID 19

-Event must be approved by a local health department.

*Please don't rely on the info we provide as the law.  Use this link for the most up-to-date info from NYS Forward Site.


Professionals have to follow the same guidelines as guests. Make sure to communicate with your pros as you get closer to your event date. 

Please note that the AAWA values the health and safety of you, your guests, and our member pros above all else. All of our members are required to follow all NY (or VT) State guidelines at every event they are working.


In addition to the restrictions listed above for your wedding pros, your guests are also subject to additional guidelines. Many of these will be enforced by your pros, as their licenses are on the line if guests refuse to comply:

Guests must maintain appropriate social distance at all times (when not seated) during your event, and should remain seated unless necessary (trips to the bathroom, entering, exiting, etc).

When guests are not seated at their tables, they must cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering.

Guests will be encouraged to remain seated during the celebratory events of your reception, including but not limited to, first dances, cake cutting, toasts, etc.


Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list, as new information is continuously being released, and old information is being clarified everyday. But we want all our couples to know that we are hard at work everyday trying to get the most accurate and up-to-date information to pass along to you. Please keep an eye on this page for updates, and feel free to email us at with any specific questions you may have about your event.