COVID-19 Wedding Guidelines

May 14, 2020

Weddings are back in Texas, but what does that REALLY mean? We know it can be confusing, so we are here to help. We are ready to assist you and your vendor team as we navigate these new norms and get you to “I do” safely.


From creating approved ceremony and reception seating options, to implementing new sanitization policies and safety precautions, we are ready to get back to creating #WhimJoy for you and your guests!

Here is a quick look at the new guidelines per Governor Abbott’s May 5th directives.


Ceremonies: the service providers or churches where they are conducted must follow the same guidelines as those laid out for churches

  • Strongly encourage the at-risk population to watch or participate in the service remotely
  • Designate an area inside the facility reserved for the at-risk population, or offer a service for at-risk population attendees only
  • Keep at least two empty seats (or six feet separation) between parties in any row, except for two or more members of the same household who can sit next to one another, with two seats (or six feet separation) empty on either side.
  • Two people who are not members of the same household but who are attending together can sit adjacent to one another, with two seats (or six feet separation) empty on either side
  • Alternate rows between attendees (every other row left empty)



Receptions: the same guidelines issued for restaurants during phase one should be applied.

  • Parties maintain at least 6 feet distance apart from other parties at all times
  • Make a hand sanitizing station available upon entry
  • No tables of more than six people
  • Do not leave condiments, silverware, flatware, glassware, or other traditional table top items on an unoccupied table
  • Provide condiments only upon request and in single-use portions
  • Use disposable menus with a new one for each patron
  • If a buffet is offered, restaurant employees must serve the food to customers



View our COVID-19 Emergency Management Services here