If you're planning a 2021 wedding in Vermont, you likely have some questions around the current state guidelines for events and travel as it relates to COVID-19. To help, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions about weddings in Vermont during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Vermont's wedding professionals managed hundreds of safe, beautiful weddings and elopements in 2020, and the industry is ready to do it again this year!

The below information is current and accurate to the best of our understanding as of April 6, 2021. As new information is available, we will make every effort to update this page. Please note that this guide is not a substitute for legal advice, and we encourage readers to consult with their wedding teams to discuss how the state guidelines apply to each specific wedding. 

What will the gathering size limits be this summer for weddings in Vermont?

The state has issued the following numbers as a baseline for planning for summer 2021: 

As of May 1, 2021:

  • Indoor: 1 unvaccinated person per 100 sq ft up to 150 people + any number of vaccinated people
  • Outdoor: 300 people + any number of vaccinated people
  • Masks & social distancing with non-household members required

As of June 1, 2021:

  • Indoor: 1 unvaccinated person per 50 sq ft up to 300 people + any number of vaccinated people
  • Outdoor: 900 people + any number of vaccinated people
  • Masks & social distancing with non-household members required

As of July 4, 2021:

  • No gathering size restrictions
  • Masks & social distancing encouraged

These dates and numbers are tied to vaccination milestones to ensure a safe easing of personal restrictions and continued reopening of the state's economy.

EXAMPLE: A 6,000 sq ft venue with a pre-COVID capacity of 200 guests

  • May 1: Up to 60 unvaccinated guests (1 per 100 sq ft) + 140 vaccinated guests (total 200 guests)
  • June 1: Up to 120 unvaccinated guests (1 per 50 sq ft) + 80 vaccinated guests (total 200 guests)
  • July 1: 200 guests - no count of vaccinated/unvaccinated 

Can out of state couples or guests visit Vermont for a wedding?

Yes! 

As of April 9: cross-state travel is allowed without quarantine with a negative COVID test within 3 days of arriving or returning to Vermont. 

As of June 1: no quarantine will be required for cross-state travel.

Are masks required for my Vermont wedding or elopement?

As of Saturday, August 1, 2020, Vermonters and visitors are required to wear masks or cloth facial coverings over their nose and mouth any time they are in public spaces, indoors or outdoors, where they come in contact with others from outside their households, especially in congregate settings, and where it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet.

However, you and your partner may remove your masks during your wedding ceremony provided you stay six or more feet from the officiant. 

Guests may remove masks to eat and drink while at their tables / with members of their household / while socially distanced from other guests. 

Can we have a dance floor at our wedding?

Yes; bust a move!

Can we have a cocktail hour or a buffet at our wedding?

Yes; after May 1, guests can stand for cocktail hour. Buffets will also be allowed.

Can we obtain a marriage license in Vermont during coronavirus?

Yes; you can obtain a marriage license in VT. Check with the town office on how to get your marriage license; some are operating by appointment only.

If both you and your partner are Vermont residents, you may go to the town clerk in either of your towns of residence. If just one of you resides in a Vermont town, you must buy the license in that town. If neither party is a Vermont resident, you may get the license from any town clerk in the state.

Can brides get hair and makeup done?

Yes, hair and makeup stylists are still able to perform styling services. To keep everyone safe, your team will likely ask you to wear a mask during your hair styling. You do not need to wear a mask during makeup application. Have a conversation with your styling team regarding if/how they want to set up a separate space for these applications. (As the weather warms up, some stylists are able to accommodate groups outside, on a covered porch, for example.) You will likely need to limit the number of people in the "getting ready" area to people who are only getting services done at that time. 

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Sources:

Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development

Vermont Department of Health

Vermont Forward Roadmap to Reopening