In light of all of the Coronavirus news, legislature, and developments - it has sent Utah brides planning their wedding into a panic. With good reason! Nobody knows when the social distancing and travel restrictions will be lifted. What started off as a "two week" measure will most likely turn into months of us rarely leaving our houses and avoiding crowds of people. I don't know for certain; of course, but it seems like this social distancing will be around longer than we think it will.
Now, if you are a Utah bride getting married in the first half of 2020 I do not want to make you panic. However, I do want to give you solutions and options in the event that when your wedding date gets closer, and there is no sign of bans on large groups of people getting lifted, you can still have a meaningful wedding day if postponing isn't an option.
Option 1: If you are planning on being sealed in an LDS temple you can have a small sealing ceremony (8 guests), pictures afterward (still only 8 guests), and postpone the reception until later this summer. If you have booked a wedding with me, I am more than happy to move around my schedule and be flexible when the time comes to reschedule your reception.
As of right now, some temples have suspended all ordinances - like the LA temple, while some temples (many in Utah) are still open but have restrictions. The Timpanogos Temple on the church's website states: "Based on First Presidency direction, temple activities have been temporarily adjusted. Where possible, living sealings and associated living ordinances will continue to be performed."
Option 2: Elope and have your wedding and reception later in the year. This is an option I hope more brides will get excited about! There are so many beautiful places in Utah to Elope. Southern Utah, for example, is great this time of year. You can avoid the snow and get warmer weather, red rock, and gorgeous views.