Matrimonial Bliss & Love NOT Canceled

By Erin Calvimontes, Divine Celebrations

Editor: Erin Calvimontes, owner and certified/accredited lead planner at Divine Celebrations, specializes in South Asian/Ethnic wedding planning, coordinating, and consulting. Contact details: e-mail: or Phone: 412-436-0337

Weddings were happening in 2020 and in early 2021 through the Covid pandemic, and are still happening even now. However, they look different — with smaller and more intimate groups. Rest assured, Matrimonial Love won’t be canceled!

I am happy to announce that as of April 4th, 2021, the State of Pennsylvania has lifted the restrictions, and increased the event capacity! Indoor events are permitted at 25% of max occupancy and outdoor events are permitted at 50% of max occupancy. This applies to events even in your own backyard.

Included in the head counts for occupancy are, obviously, the members of your immediate family and guests. But you must also count all venue staff such as banquet captain, waiters & servers, bartenders, catering staff, and all vendors present — including priests, photographers, videographers, DJs, and planner team.

For the protection of everyone in the gathering, invitees and guests need to understand and observe these practices:

● Guests must be seated if they have a drink. No standing close to each other or mingling without masks. Guests are expected to wear masks when not seated — like when standing at the bar, being on the dance floor, and standing at the buffet line.

● Food service has changed as well. All servers must wear masks and gloves. Passed hors d’oeuvres must be handed to the guests by the server or set out on individual plates for guests to take.

● Buffets must have servers serving, cafeteria style, so as to avoid guests handling the utensils, ladles, spatula… …

● Guests are expected to physically distance from others while in line.

DJs too have adapted for their and everyone’s safety: They stand behind Plexiglas surroundings for their areas and ask guests to TEXT them music requests!

There is light at the end of the tunnel, and we all need to do our part to keep each other safe and healthy, even as we enjoy these auspicious occasions. Please contact your hosts, Divine Celebrations, or your wedding planner to help you get through all the new restrictions. END


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