Planning a wedding is often stressful – try planning three options for the same day, just in case! Let us help you!
Vareus Events is located in Washington County – we are now in Phase I and open for business. We are offering wedding planning services for Portland Metro Area only – within 50 miles at this time and no weddings outside of Oregon.
It’s not a joke when I say to get married right now you either need to plan to elope (we can help and make it beautiful) or you need to have at least three potential weddings ready to go for Phase I, Phase II, and falling back in to Baseline – at any time.
Tips for planning a Phase I Micro Wedding:
- Hire a wedding expert to help you plan.
- All social distancing guidelines still apply.
- If you are having a church wedding please see the risk level chart above. They will not be open in this Phase, but many will allow elopement sized ceremonies with up to 10 total people inside the church and streaming available. We offer Zoom streaming set up for your videographer or designated attendee.
- In this phase, restaurants are open and an option for your micro reception.
- No overnight or unnecessary travel beyond 50 miles, so do not expect to have guests from out of town.
- Your best bet is still a back yard, or nearby outdoor setting.
- Many Metro venues are open for up to 25 total people including yourselves and vedors.
- Face coverings will be required in any public indoor space effective June 24, 2020 (you may eat and drink without your face coverings).
- Buffets should not be considered safe even if you are self-catering.
- Socially distant spacing should be maintained (6 feet apart by household not by guest).
- Plan to use a well spaced extra long head table and guest tables or plan on sweetheart table plus small tables per family for more comfortble and natural seating options.
Tips for planning a Phase II wedding:
- In this phase, churches are allowed to host gatherings up to 250 people if proper spacing is available to maintain social distancing of 6 feet per family. It is still considered a high risk activity. Consider limiting the number of guests you invite to your ceremony and stream for others who may join you for the reception after.
- Outdoor venues are best.
- Social gatherings at a private home or space should be planned for a max of 50 people (including vendors) for indoors and 100 (including vendors) for outdoor spaces.
- Plan to cap your guest list at 80 max and do not plan on buffet style services. Stick to plated service.
- Table layouts should be by family not by groups of 8.
- Consider renting smaller tables to fit families or couples as opposed to mixing people from outside of the same household at the same table.
- If using large rounds or long and wide talbes, group couples or households with extra space in between others.
- Venues of all sorts cannot host events larger than 250 people.
- Facial coverings (except while eating or drinking) are required as of June 24, 2020 in the Metro Area.
General Tips for Planning During COVID 19:
- Order enough keepsake invitations for your immediate family and bridal party, for everybody else you will need to set up a digital invite, a wedding website for up to date information and links to streaming because you don’t know what phase we will be in on your date. You may not know for certain until the day before your wedding.
- Have 3 lists of guests – those who will and must be there, Those you will invite if you can have up to 25, and those you will invite if you can have a full event (not more than 50-100 in most scenarios)
Just a few pieces or completely Custom Designed micro wedding flowers.
Your original plans are gone, but your wedding day can still be amazing.
How to plan moving forward?
Based on all of the reading, consulting with local lawmakers and their representatives, as well as experts in weddings and travel, all over the nation, we can tell you that due to economic impacts as well as COVID-19 itself, we expect weddings to continue to be impacted by COVID-19 for at least two years. We will update this page with just facts we know, as they become available.
You have a lot to think about:
- Reschedule, possibly only to be impacted on your later date.
- Host a wedding on time in the way that is allowed at the time.
Nobody should make this choice for you, and you should not worry that you will disappoint anybody you love no matter what your choice may be. Weddings are ultimately about the union between two people – joining together to create a brand new life as one.
Our job is to make this the best day possible with what the circumstances are exactly at the time you are set to get married.