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The Oregon wedding planner is seeking clarity about event rules during COVID

After hours of searching Oregon’s rules, a professional wedding planner said that weddings were only mentioned once. She is concerned about health and safety.

PORTLAND, Ore. – A professional wedding planner says after searching for hours through Oregon’s rules, she can only find weddings mentioned once.

Elisabeth Kramer is a Portland Wedding Anniversary Coordinator planning weddings in the Pacific Northwest.

She said earlier in the year when many couples usually book wedding planners and venues before the warmer spring and summer months.

“I just had an astronomical amount of leads,” Kramer said about 2021 so far.

However, it is difficult to plan any type of gathering during the pandemic.

“I don’t know if they’re legal. I don’t know if they’re safe,” she said.

Kramer’s website has free tools and blog articles for couples in Oregon to consider during the pandemic.

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With COVID-19 vaccinations starting across the state, many couples wonder if they can realistically collect people for a 2021 wedding.

One of the latest blog articles from Kramer is called Can I Legally Have a Wedding in Oregon Now?

“The traffic … just shot up,” she said.

Kramer has a degree in journalism and cites their sources and guides people through their research process. Despite her extensive digging, she said she hit several dead ends on the Oregon state’s coronavirus information page.

She found the word “wedding” which was once mentioned in a PDF titled “Reopening FAQs – Eating and Drinking Places” in the “Bars, Restaurants, Breweries and Wineries” category.

“Not really where I expected it to be,” said Kramer.

This is in contrast to Washington and California, which Kramer said have certain pages and rules for weddings during the pandemic.

Oregon’s mention made no provision for other possible venues such as churches, parks, or someone else’s backyard.

Kramer said couples, planners, and salespeople need to interpret the rules in other categories and guess whether weddings fall under the label for various events or social gatherings.

“What I’m finding right now is that when people don’t know the answer, they often make up their own and they often don’t have a health and safety priority,” said Kramer.

According to what Kramer found in Oregon’s explicitly stated rule, a wedding in countries that are at extreme risk can involve 50 people outside of a professional event space.

She said adding weddings as a standalone category would remove a lot of confusion and ensure businesses and customers are on the same page when it comes to safety, contracts, and expectations.

Ultimately, while weddings are her thing, Kramer said she was most concerned about keeping Oregonians safe.

“As much as I love weddings, I love people who no longer die.”

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