Understanding Oregon's COVID-19 Guidelines and What They Mean for your Wedding
Updated: Jul 2
LAST UPDATED: June 30, 2021
Updates To The Blog:
OREGON IS OPEN!**
We've all been waiting a long time for Oregon to have more clear COVID-19 guidelines for weddings, but this is much better. On June 30th, Oregon lifted the state-wide COVID-19 restrictions.
This includes but is not limited to mask regulations, distancing protocols, occupancy limits grouping regulations, etc.
**It is important to note that businesses like venues still have the right to enforce COVID-19 rules and regulations. "Open" means that the state is not requiring all businesses to enforce mask rules.
Venues can independently decide what occupancy limits to operated under, require masks, etc. Remember, it's all in the name of keeping our neighbors safe! If one of our venue friends requires masks, we will gladly comply.
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How to Plan a Wedding with COVID-19 Restrictions
With Oregon Open starting June 30th, most of these restrictions and guides are no long applicable. However, we will keep this information for any couple who wishes to have a COVID-safe wedding.
Stay safe and Stay Healthy as always!
You're not alone if you're confused on how to plan a wedding under the Oregon COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. This blog will help you navigate it all.
Because guidelines change often and county risk levels update every 2 weeks, we are doing our best to keep this post updated.
Sadly, Oregon has chosen to not create wedding specific guidelines, which can make planning a wedding in a pandemic much more difficult than it needs to be.
Rest assured, Your Perfect Bridesmaid has been planning weddings throughout the year, so we have become experts when it comes to navigating these guidelines. Additionally, as a founder and Vice President of the Live Events Industry of Oregon (LEIO), a coalition of 4500+ event professionals in Oregon, I have regular meetings and interaction with local and state officials about these guidelines.
Combining all of that information, we've created this blog to summarize what you can and can't do to help you tie the knot with significantly less stress.
Weddings and Changing County Risk Level:
As we are probably all familiar by now, Oregon assigns a "risk level" to each county based on the county's COVID-19 metric trends over a two week period. First, you'll want to determine what wedding will be in, as that county's risk level will determine what you can and can't do.
What is the hardest right now with wedding planning is that counties could change risk level just a week before you wedding date.
The best wedding plan you can have right now is a solid Plan B for the worst-case scenario. We definitely, definitely, definitely recommend having a planner to save you some stress. At Your Perfect Bridesmaid, we are staying on top of any and all updates to COVID-19 restrictions. We can help you:
Build and check your plan to make sure you, your friends and family can celebrate safely (and legally),
Communicate with vendors and make sure you are on the same page with COVID-19 restrictions,
And help you make last minute plans as necessary.
In this next section, we'll help you break down what your wedding will look like under each risk level.
COVID-19 Restrictions for Oregon Weddings
Planning anything in a pandemic is hard. Planning a wedding in a pandemic with no specific wedding guidelines is a whole nother story. We've made it simple, and broken down restrictions as it relates to your wedding.
Because there are no wedding specific guidelines, we had to pull our information from a few different area's of Oregon's re-opening plan. We gathered all this information from the list of documents below:
Sector Risk Level Guidance Chart (activity-specific restrictions for each risk level, updated and effective April 28)
Outdoor Event Guidance (for guest count limits)
Indoor Event Guidance (for guest count limits)
Faith Institution Event Guidance (for guest count limits specifically in faith institutions)
Eating and Drinking Guidance (for serving food and alcohol at your reception)
Self-Service Guidance (for buffet-style food)
Please keep in mind that all the information below is pulled from publicly available government documents.
Here are some of our couple's Frequently Asked Questions, click on the question to go directly to the answer!
How do I make my seating chart with COVID-19 at my wedding?
WEDDING GUEST COUNT:
How many people can I have at my wedding?
The biggest thing to note is that the max number of people you can have at your Oregon wedding includes both your guests AND the vendor staff (i.e. catering staff, officiant, vendor staff, etc.). We recommend to talk with your venue to understand how many staff need to be present.
Additionally, there are different limits depending on if your wedding is at an outdoor or indoor venue. If you are going to have a combination of indoor and outdoor events, then your guest count has to follow the indoor limits, as guests will move in and out of the building.
GUEST COUNT IN CHURCHES AND FAITH INSTITUTIONS
What if I want to have a wedding in a church?
Faith Institutions allow for a little more wiggle room when it comes to guest coun. Oregon has specific guidance for events in faith institutions which allow for more guest than other indoor venues.
As far as we’re concerned, these guidelines only apply to the ceremony where people don’t have to take off their masks to eat. However, we’ll tread lightly here because there is no language that actually says “wedding ceremonies” or “wedding receptions” in these guidelines.
Also, notice that services have a limit of 1 hour in a county that is at extreme risk.
How do I plan my seating chart with COVID-19 restrictions?