are 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 even year. 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!
If you are wondering, Jennifer Ball MWP, owner of Knot Your Average Events took the extra step and was fully vaccinated with the “one & done” Johnson & Johnson shot on March 10, 2021. Due to traveling often to her second office in the Caribbean, being in close contact with her couples and in large gatherings she wanted to take the extra precaution to protect not only her family but yours too.
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 3/26/2021 5pm (unknown end date)
*could change at any date- this is the government guidelines & standards:
50 people inside OR 100 people outdoors for mass gatherings
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
Some private home venues are remaining closed due to liability reasons
under the 1st amendment– “religious” ceremonies are at unlimited capacities but must follow the following guidelines:
only family members that live under same household can sit together and 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
no receiving lines
ONLY following the 50/100 rule for photography/videography to follow ceremony (and/or reception activities)
Entertainment venues may operate at 50 percent capacity, or if fire code is not listed: 12 people per 1000 square feet, but should continue in wearing masks when not with those from same household.
Limits on mass gatherings will remain at 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
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 50 PEOPLE indoor/100 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 50% fire code occupancy OR when no fire code is stated: 12 people per 1000 square feet. They are still encouraging only those under the SAME household sit together and all remain 6 feet apart. And it seems they have lifted the mingling as long as people are wearing masks when not with family from same household. (Technically, still no dancing unless masks are worn at all times)
The new “Phase 3” restrictions went into effect November 13, 2020 at 5 p.m. and remain in effect. 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
Phone: (910) 617-2271
Hours of Operation
Mon: 11am - 4pm (EST)
Tues: 11am - 7pm (EST)
Weds: 10am - 12pm (EST)
Thurs: 11am - 7pm (EST)
Fri: 11am - 7pm (EST)
Sat: Events or by appointment
Sun: By appointment only