• Kimberly Morrill

Understanding Oregon's COVID-19 Guidelines and What They Mean for your Wedding

Updated: May 19

LAST UPDATED: May 19, 2021

Updates To The Blog:

  • New Mask Guidelines! (Updated May 18)

  • Masks are NOT required (but always recommended) for any one at outdoor venues

  • Vaccinated individuals are exempt from wearing masks inside only if the venue allows and can provide staffing to screen individuals at the entrance.

  • Guests must bring proof of vaccination to be exempt from wearing masks inside

  • Venues or businesses have the right to require face coverings! Please talk with your venue.

  • Read the full update HERE

  • Counties are still moving up/down in risk level. Make sure to stay up-to-date with your wedding venue's risk level and prepare for a plan B until new guidance releases!

  • View Oregon COVID-19 Risk levels by County

Table of Contents

  1. Intro

  2. General Advice

  3. Quick Links to Government Documents

  4. Wedding Restrictions by Risk Level, Comparison Chart

  5. Guest Count

  6. Seating

  7. Food & Drink

  8. Private Residence Weddings and COVID-19

How to Plan a Wedding with COVID-19 Restrictions

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.

an image of a sign that says "love is in the air but so is COVID-19 so please practice social distancing"
Photographer: Erin Fortin Photography

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.

Oregon county risk level assessment chart based on disease activitiy.
Oregon county risk level assessment chart

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.