In over 20 years of events and weddings, I’ve never experienced anything to the level of COVID-19 and I have LOTS of stories to share. Actually, it was ALL of those stories and education that prepared me for today’s current uncertainties. We used several of our past experiences to prepare our clients, couples and vendors throughout the months of quietness.
Before the very first announcement from our local NC governor, Master Wedding Planner, Jennifer Ball (JB) sent out a 4-page PDF calming our KYAE clients as to how we foreseen the next few weeks. Within hours, the governor advised the 100 person event cap which JB had already recommended for any events for the next year.
Watching closely, researching, listening and learning on April 4, 2020 JB sent out a 16-page PDF to clients and couples planning events over the next year. We also updated all of our payment plans to assist all of our couples survive the next immediate months. We worked with vendors mentoring them on how to handle their clients’ cancelations and encouraging postponing.
On May 11, 2020 JB developed her version of safety measures during weddings IF & WHEN they were safe to continue. Feel free to download these helpful tips and advice to create safe ideas and possibilities. Please note NONE of these are FDA or government approved but are the intellectual property of Jennifer Ball & Knot Your Average Events. We look forward to safely hosting weddings and events soon!
We, KYAE as a company must follow all government guidelines and protocols due to our insurance policies not covering our company IF we go against government guidelines/advisories/regulations. (Most companies are learning about this clause and are forced to follow the guidelines in order to protect their assets and business they have worked so many years to create, develop and protect.)
Currently as of today (unknown end date)
*could change at any date- this is the government guidelines & standards:
10 people inside OR 50 people outdoors
people should remain 6 feet apart
masks should be worn (except when eating or further than 6 feet apart)
hand sanitize and wash hands often
limit time of exposure of group
Restaurants are at 50% capacity (meaning that building MUST be the one actually cooking/serving the meal)- lots of protocols with this aspect PLUS the RESTURANT SALES must be % of food vs alcohol sales.. and now must end alcohol at 11pm section (includes restaurants attempting to host weddings must follow 10/50 rule)
section 8a public/government own venues are now open to the 10/50 rule (includes restaurants attempting to host weddings)
some private home venues are remaining closed due to liability reasons
section 8b no onsite alcohol consumption (Free standing bars remain closed; so technically no alcohol at events; unless going by food/alcohol % like in a restaurant BUT the bartender is ONE of the 10/50 people on site)
under the 1st amendment– “religious” ceremonies are at unlimited capacities but must follow the following guidelines:
guests must arrive right before ceremony is to begin
only family members that live under same household can sit together
all other guests shall be spaced 6′ apart
sitting every other row/pew
shall enter one door exit a separate door
guests shall not sing, say Lord’s prayer, say Amen during service
all guests shall leave once ceremony is over
no receiving lines
ONLY following the 50/10 rule for photography/videography to follow ceremony (and/or reception activities)
Large outdoor gatherings with seating of more than 10,000 may operate with 7 percent occupancy for spectators with safety protocols
Smaller outdoor entertainment venues may operate at 30 percent capacity, or up to 100 guests, which ever is less
Movie theaters and conference centers may open indoor spaces to 30 percent capacity, or 100 seated guests
Bars may operate outdoors only at 30 percent of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests
Outdoor amusement parks may open at 30 percent capacity
Limits on mass gatherings will remain at 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors
Statewide 11 p.m. curfew on alcohol sales of in-person consumption will be extended
BIGGEST QUESTION WE GET:
CAN we host weddings & wedding celebration receptions: YES! With restrictions…. weddings can still host unlimited numbers WHEN following the THREE W’s! Wedding receptions follow under the MASS GATHERING 10 PEOPLE indoor/50 outdoor mandates if hosting an open cocktail hour, dance floor and mingling throughout the event… IF the event is a fully seated event (walk in with masks, meal (encouraged plated), only to get up for restroom breaks, then leave then that event may fall under the 30% fire code occupancy OR 100 people whichever is LESS. They are still encouraging only those under the SAME household sit together and all remain 6 feet apart.
The new “Phase 3” restrictions will go into effect November 13, 2020 at 5 p.m. and remain in effect through December 4, 2020 Cooper said the mask mandate would likely stay in effect long term until there was a vaccine or cure for the virus.
“If you’re still at high-risk, you’re still safer at home,” Cooper said. “If you’re going out, do what works — wear a mask, keep social distancing, wash your hands often and don’t patronize or go to places where people aren’t doing that.”
IF you are planning to travel or have family over for the holidays and they do not already LIVE under the same roof, they are recommending everyone has a Covid-19 test a few days to make sure everyone is safe.
Please remember that operating outside of the current mandates of gathering size limits puts ALL vendors at risk of being cited for misdemeanor violation, loss of liability and workers comp insurance, loss of business and professional license, loss of membership in professional organizations with code of ethics, and loss of ABC license for venues and bartenders.
These are big lifelong consequences for allowing large gatherings. This does not include the health consequences when an event becomes a spreader site.
Please know venues and vendors are not saying no just to ruin someone’s wedding day. They are trying to save their business so they will be in business for years to come.
Knot Your Average Events
Based in Whitsett, NC, Serving Worldwide
Call: (910) 617-2271
Hours of Operation
Monday: 11am - 4pm (EST)
Tuesday: 11am - 7pm (EST)
Wednesday: 10am - 12pm (EST)
Thursday: 11am - 7pm (EST)
Friday: 11am - 7pm (EST)
Saturday: Events or by appointment
Sunday: By appointment only