COVID-19 Minnesota Wedding Photography Information
Use this blog as a reference to help you with the challenges of navigating your wedding plans through the novel coronavirus pandemic. This page will be updated when I learn new information that will be helpful to you. The information here applies to weddings in Minnesota.
I will do my part to advocate for you, my clients, the ones who trusted me enough to hire me to photograph you. I’m grateful and thankful to be serving you. Fellow wedding professionals: I’m here to listen, help you and be a friend every day, including now.
Wedding Photography & COVID-19 FAQ
As you read this guide, know that much of wedding planning during a pandemic is “wait and see”. Couples are constantly waiting to see if the state reopens more, or if guidelines change. For current couples, I want to make sure we keep in touch. If you make significant changes that affect your date or location please let me know as soon as possible so I can adjust my plan too. If you want guidance on wedding planning I’m here to listen to whatever you want to talk about.
How do we book our wedding photography?
- We can meet with a video chat to talk before you book.
- A non-refundable retainer is required to reserve your date. This retainer is transferable if your pans change.
- When you book 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.
How does wedding photography work during the pandemic?
The following preparedness plan will be in place for all wedding photography in Minnesota with your safety in mind:
All weddings must follow the executive order on face masks. I will be following this order too by wearing a mask at all weddings. If you or guests can’t wear a mask due to health or disability reasons I will accommodate you as the order states.
From the MN Dept. of Health: “Per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless alone”
These practices will also be in place for weddings:
- Social Distancing: I and any assistants present will follow all mask and social distance rules in place at the time of your wedding.
- Sanitizing: My gear is cleaned before each wedding with cleaners safe for electronics. I follow best hand washing practices and carry hand sanitizer
- Health checks: For all weddings, if I find out I was exposed to Covid-19, or have any symptoms, I’ll notify you and we’ll discuss the next steps to take in your planning process.
How many guests can I have at my wedding in Minnesota right now?
Updated January 11, 2021: Current information on guest counts can be found in the Gathering Requirements for Celebrations & Significant Life Events PDF available here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/safeevents.pdf
If you have specific questions on your wedding guest count, contact me and I’ll help you navigate this document.
Is dancing currently allowed at weddings in Minnesota?
As of January 11, 2021 the Gathering Requirements for Celebrations & Significant Life Events PDF says group dancing is not recommended, however it gives guidelines for dancing with social distancing and masks. If you’re getting married at a venue with a dance floor during this time it’s best to coordinate with your venue contact on how dancing will work.
Can we have group portraits at our wedding?
There isn’t a lot of specific guidance for photographers or portraits in the current Celebrations & Life events PDF. Your best option is quick portraits, outdoors if possible, with only one household in a portrait.
An alternative to group portraits at your wedding is to put a portrait of each household into a digital collage. I can help you with this. Designing the collage is a complimentary service with your wedding photography.
Are engagement sessions allowed in Minnesota during the pandemic?
Yes. All portrait sessions can be done outdoors with members of the same household. This means engagement sessions can happen, but group portraits with people not in your household are on hold right now.
What should we do if we postpone our wedding?
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 a large gathering.
As your photographer I will respect your feelings and all decisions you make about your wedding plans.
Who do we contact first if we 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.
Photography options when postponing your wedding due to the pandemic.
I’ll support the decision you make in regards to postponing. You have my promise to be your advocate and help you make decisions that are best for you. 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 for everything my customers are doing to support my business during this uncertain time. Contact me here if you need help.