Some Minnesota Wedding Photography Info for COVID-19
***Updated for May 20th 2021: As Minnesota re-opens many pandemic restrictions are changing, sometimes daily. I want to do everything I can to ensure you have an awesome wedding photography experience. This includes keeping you updated on changes to restrictions that may affect your wedding plans. I will no longer update this blog unless major changes in restrictions affect what is happening with weddings.
Use this blog as a reference to help you with the challenges of navigating your wedding plans through the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Please know that I’m a photographer so this blog is not legal or health advice. All information here is based on what I’ve experienced so far at Minnesota weddings during the pandemic.
What to know about Minnesota weddings during COVID-19: Photography info for 2021 & 2022
Take things one day at a time because this pandemic is changing how we plan weddings. I’m approaching everything with purpose and patience right now.
It’s okay that your wedding day schedule is a tentative one. Things might change by the time you get married. I’m here to help you figure it all out and embrace whatever changes you need to make.
For all meetings, wedding planning & consultations: It’s extremely important that we meet and get to know each other before you book your wedding, and also connect for your planning conversations. Video chat really works best for this. For quick questions email, phone and texting are great too.
How do you book photography for weddings during COVID-19?
- Contact me to get info on packages and available dates.
- We will meet with a video chat to talk before you book.
- A non-refundable reservation fee holds your date. This is transferable if your plans change.
- You’ll sign an online wedding agreement that includes my flexible policies for cancelation and postponement.
- Find out more about booking your wedding photography here.
Choices you can make for your wedding plans during COVID-19:
If you just booked, get engagement pictures: Let’s do it! An outdoor engagement shoot gets us out of the house and into fresh air. I’m all for picking a scenic spot, taking a hike & making gorgeous pictures together.
Move forward with your wedding date in 2021, 2022, or 2023: Keep me updated changes you make, and we’ll still have planning meetings as needed.
Choose to elope or have a small wedding instead: Keep your date or pick a new date that I’m available for. Your retainer will transfer, we can change the date in your contract, and if you want a reception later let’s adjust your package to cover both dates.
Completely reschedule your wedding: Pick a new date that I’m available on and we can transfer your package with no additional fees.
How does wedding photography work during the COVID-19 pandemic?
This preparedness plan is in place for weddings:
- Social distancing & health screening: I will follow all mask, social distance and health screening mandates required at the time of your wedding.
- Social distance meetings: most photography planning will be done by video chat, phone or email. If in person meetings are required they will be done outside following any mask and social distance mandates.
- Portraits outdoors when possible: This is the best choice for wedding portraits.
- Touch free posing: I will guide you on how to pose for pictures while maintaining social distance.
- Hand washing: I follow the CDC’s hand washing practices and carry hand sanitizer to all weddings.
- Gear: I clean my gear before each wedding with cleaners safe for electronics.
- Working with your venue: I want to make sure everything I do at your venue follows the venue’s preparedness plan.
How does group posing work for your wedding photography?
To figure this out we need to discuss the photography situation at the time of your wedding. This includes talk about your family and social groups. It also includes planning for official guidance or mandates for group pictures given by the State of Minnesota. I will never make anyone remove their mask for pictures and will offer everyone the option to be socially distanced.
Is dancing allowed at weddings in Minnesota?
If you’re getting married at a venue with space for a dance floor, or hoping to have any type of dancing at your wedding you need to coordinate with your venue & DJ on how dancing will work. They are responsible for implementing a preparedness plan that includes accurate information about mandates on dancing.
What should you do if you postpone your wedding?
First of all, know that it’s natural to allow yourself time to grieve for the plans you had before moving on to new plans.
Once you’re ready, have a talk together as a couple about what you both want. Make purposeful decisions based on the goals you have for your marriage. The best plan is the one that feels right to both of you.
Many couples are feeling immense pressure to elope right now. Elope only if it’s the right choice, and not because it’s what’s trendy. It’s okay to postpone your wedding, or get married in a ceremony now and schedule your reception for later if you both have your hearts set on gathering with the important people in your lives.
As your photographer I will respect your feelings and decisions you make about your wedding plans.
Who do you contact first if you postpone?
Your wedding planner is the first professional you should contact. If you don’t have a planner contact your venue coordinator and your photographer. They likely helped you with wedding plans. They can help you make new plans now.
The idea of re-planning your wedding can sometimes feel too hard to accomplish by yourself. Find someone to support you through it. I’m happy to be your support, or help you find a professional wedding planner who can handle everything you need.
Specific photography options when postponing your wedding due to the pandemic.
I’ll support the decision you make in regards to postponing. I encourage you to make decisions that are best for your marriage. Here’s how I can help:
- You can transfer your package to a new date.
- If you downsize your wedding we can downsize your package.
- I can photograph your ceremony or elopement now and your reception later.
I still want to be your photographer no matter what happens with your wedding. I know this is a very tough time for many people. If you’re worried about how your photography is affected let’s talk. Your well being is my biggest priority.
I’m grateful & thankful for everything my customers are doing to support my business during this uncertain time.