Many couples postponed their weddings and millions of large events were canceled in 2020 due to the global pandemic.  Last year there were many unknown aspects of COVID-19 and the future was looking bleak. Fast forward to a year later and there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. Every American over the age of 16 is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and enough supply for all Americans is predicted by the end of May.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced in March that it is safe for vaccinated people to gather with other vaccinated people indoors, without masks, and without social distancing. They can also gather in small groups with unvaccinated people if they are at low risk of serious illness from the virus. Yay, wedding time!

This is great news for couples who would like to move forward with their weddings and their lives together. Other large events can also start moving forward with their plans. This is the return to normal that Americans have been looking for, life moving forward with a positive outlook. This came much faster than Dr. Fauci, one of the most trusted sources on COVID-19, had predicted. He encouraged couples last year to postpone their weddings until 2022. For some, that is still a more realistic date, as many things go into the planning of large weddings, for others the blessed day can now happen this year if they are ready.

Now the question becomes how involved couples want to get in the personal health decisions made by their guests. Should they require everyone attending their wedding to provide proof of vaccination? Do they ask everyone to make sure they get vaccinated but on the honor system? Or do they simply let people make the decision for themselves and take their own risks?

It is estimated that approximately 50% of Americans have already received the vaccine. Since everyone is now eligible to accept the vaccine, and vaccination supply will be available for everyone next month, that pretty much relieves any worries anyone should have regarding whether to hold large gatherings such as weddings and events. Since the opportunity is now there for everyone who wishes to have a vaccine, those who do not wish to take the vaccine can feel free to take their risks in attending such events unvaccinated.

So, begin planning your wedding without worries about COVID-19. You have enough other aspects of the wedding that need your focus and attention, from venues to food to photographers. It is finally time for everyone to begin planning for their bright future once again.

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