Brides and grooms across the Buckeye state are leaping for joy this morning. Yesterday, new state health orders removed the 300-guest limit for all banquet halls, event centers and reception venues in Ohio. In addition to removing restriction for guest counts, guests will no longer be required to remain seated at all times during wedding receptions. While guests are still required to wear masks and social distance, congregating in social areas and dancing are now permitted! Make sure that your dance floor is as large as possible to accommodate social distancing while dancing. If you’re concerned about how to make this possible, speak with your venue.
As of February 11, 2021, buffet lines are permitted as well. Buffet tables and salad bars must be at least six feet from guest tables, and the lines for the buffets may not extend into the guest seating area. Also, anyone going through the buffet line must wear a mask. This includes children, so you may need to make arrangements for your catering staff to be prepared to serve those who can’t wear masks. It may be safer and simpler to ask your caterer to continue staffing the buffet line with servers so that guests only touch their own plate and not serving utensils. Prior to February 11, 2021, this is how many weddings handled the ban on self-serve buffets so that they could continue to have buffets during the pandemic.
These latest health orders are great news for engaged couples throughout Ohio. Although there are still some restrictions and requirements in place, we are finally starting to see a return to normalcy. While planning a wedding during the COVID-19 pandemic certainly complicates the planning process, it is still possible to have the wedding of your dreams! Devoted Cincinnati Dayton is dedicated to “Guiding You to I-Do,” so always check back for the most up-to-date information regarding everything you need to know about planning your Ohio wedding!