Is it safe to celebrate weddings this year?

2021 could be biggest year for weddings, experts say

Some wedding industry experts predicted that 2021 could be one of the biggest years for weddings ever.
Some wedding industry experts predicted that 2021 could be one of the biggest years for weddings ever.

Some wedding industry experts predicted that 2021 could be one of the biggest years for weddings ever.

Many couples were forced to cancel their plans in 2020. Those couples are joining the couples who already planned to marry in 2021.

The COVID-19 pandemic is not over and many are wondering if it’s safe to celebrate weddings. The concerns are rising as the delta variant spreads. Many potential guests are feeling unsure.

“If you are fully vaccinated with a normal immune system it is very unlikely that you are going to get infected and if you are, you are not likely to get very sick in any capacity,” Cleveland Clinic Critical Care Physician Dr. Joseph Khabbaza said.

Khabbaza said if you are immune-compromised or have another medical condition you should talk to your doctor about the risk of attending events, even if you are vaccinated.

More: Chart: Michigan COVID vaccine coverage

There are several factors all guests should consider before attending a wedding.

  • How many people will be attending?
  • Will most guests be vaccinated?
  • Will unvaccinated guests be wearing masks?
  • Is the wedding outdoors? Is there space to spread out?

If you decide to attend a wedding, but still have concerns, you should wear a mask. Even if you have been vaccinated.

“Try to ignore any noise or insecurities because you will never regret an extra layer of caution, even if you are one of the few people who are masked,” Khabbaza said.

Experts said it’s really important for couples getting married to communicate clearly with their guests about what COVID precautions will be in place and how many guests you’re expecting.

Read: Complete coronavirus coverage


About the Authors:

Karen Drew is the anchor of Local 4 News First at 4, weekdays at 4 p.m. She is also an award-winning investigative reporter and part of the Local 4 Defenders team.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.