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Simply Eloped Policies During the Age of Coronavirus

Simply Eloped Policies During the Age of Coronavirus

We are currently able to perform ceremonies in most Simply Eloped destinations. See the bottom of this post for more details on these destinations, as well as the status of others.

As encouraged by the CDC website, Simply Eloped will be enacting certain protocols to ensure the safety of our customers, their guests and our vendors. Some of these policies are recommended and others are required for Simply Eloped to perform your ceremony fore the foreseeable future.

Simply Eloped will be:

  • Limiting our group gatherings to local county or state recommendations. This number does vary by location. In some cases, such as Nashville and Gatlinburg, groups of 25 are permitted to gather. Colorado, however, is still only permitting groups of 10 to gather.
  • Encouraging our vendors to wear masks
  • Encourage 6-foot distance between vendors, the couple and guests
  • Decline attending should you have a fever or cough
  • Encouraging couples to livestream or record the ceremony in lieu of inviting a large group of guests
  • Honoring park and venue closures
  • Replacing your vendors should they feel any symptoms of sickness

As you can imagine, hair and make-up services have also been impacted by Covid-19. We have some standards and regulations in place based on state recommendations. See below:

  • Hair and make-up artists will be required to wear masks
  • Social distancing of 6 feet will be implemented when services are not being given
  • We will required everyone to either wash or sanitize their hands upon arrival of service, after using the restroom, sneezing, or coughing.
  • No more than 3 people total in the room while services are being given
  • Client must wear face mask when services are not being rendered
  • All tools and equipment will be sanitized and/or disinfected between each client/service.

We will reassess our policies as markets, parks and venues begin to open back up. If you ever have questions, we highly suggest you check the CDC website for their most recent guidelines on safety protocols for group gatherings. Below, you can find some specific questions that may arise if you are currently a Simply Eloped customer and some information on restrictions lifting in the markets we provide services.


Questions and Answers amidst the COVID-19 coronavirus and your wedding day

Is Simply Eloped booking or performing ceremonies right now?

We are following state & county guidelines, as well as following CDC recommendations for small group gatherings.

We have our wedding day planned with Simply Eloped, but we are now afraid to travel. What should I do? 

You have a few options if you’ve decided that traveling is out of the question for your big day. You can postpone your ceremony for a later date at no additional cost, or you can choose to swap markets to a location that’s closer to home or within driving distance. We have your back, and we will help you through this process!

We put a pause to our wedding planning with Simply Eloped because of the coronavirus, but have since decided to resume planning. How should I go about this?

If you’ve decided to continue your wedding day plans and you’ve postponed your ceremony with Simply Eloped, simply contact a representative and let them know of your decision. They will work to contact your team and check in on availability. Should your team be unable to perform a wedding, we will have other team members lined up in their place.

What do we tell our guests if we end up having to cancel or postpone due to the coronavirus?

Because the coronavirus has become prevalent on an international level, you might find that guests are relieved of your choice. Because the general public is advised to steer clear of large gatherings, postponing your wedding until there is less public risk is completely understandable.

Does Simply Eloped perform ceremonies in a non-public location, such as an Airbnb or private residence?

While it can vary market-by-market, Simply Eloped has always been more than happy to perform ceremonies at private residences if that’s what our couple wants! Get in touch with us, and we can chat about specifics of making it happen.

We had a traditional wedding planned out of the country within the next few weeks, but because of the outbreak, family and friends were banned from traveling and we had to cancel. Can you help us on such short notice?

In one word: Absolutely. We know that this is a difficult time for anyone planning a wedding, near or far, and we will make sure we do everything we can to give you the wedding of your dreams — even on short notice! We want your wedding day to be perfect and safe, so contact us with what it is you were thinking, and we’ll do what we can on our end to make it happen!

Steps We’re Taking For Simply Eloped Couples

Any couple who has booked Simply Eloped’s services can postpone their ceremony for a later time at no additional cost. Similarly, we’re offering free market swaps, so if there is a location that is in driving distance or does not require flying, you can switch to that market at no additional cost.

We have contacted all of our vendors, requesting that they let us know immediately if they have developed any symptoms, in which case, we will line up replacements to perform ceremonies. We are also requesting that our vendors do not shake hands or hug our couples or any of their guests.

The health and safety of our couples, vendors, and employees are a top priority, and we will be doing everything we can to help stop the spread of the virus.

Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of market status of places Simply Eloped performs ceremonies (updated 6/16):

CALIFORNIA (Big Sur, Lake Tahoe, San Diego, San Francisco & Wine Country)
SEMI-OPEN: California is currently discouraging gatherings state-wide and only issuing marriage licenses to county residents. San Francisco is issuing marriage licenses online to non-residents through June. San Diego, Lake Tahoe , Napa & Sonoma Countys & Big Sur are only issuing county licenses to county residents Please check with Simply Eloped on which county you intend to marry.
VIRTUAL CEREMONY: Currently offering virtual legal ceremony for California residents

OPEN: Decisions are determined by county. Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder & Colorado Springs options are available. Please check with Simply Eloped regarding which area you would like to have your ceremony.

OPEN: Miami – open to groups gathering 50 or less; Orlando – open to groups gathering 50 or less; Key West: opens to tourists as of June 1st, open to groups gathering 50 or less

OPEN: open to groups gathering 50 or less; 6′ social distancing highly encouraged

CLOSED: all visitors will be required to heed a 14-day quarantine upon landing. This quarantine is through July 31st. Beginning August 1, Individuals Required To Get Valid COVID-19 Test Within 72 Hours Prior To Trip, and Show Proof of Negative Result, To Avoid 14-Day Quarantine.

IDAHO (Boise, Sun Valley, Stanley)
OPEN: open to groups gathering 10 -50; 6′ social distancing highly encouraged

ILLINOIS (Chicago)
SEMI-OPEN: Limit gatherings to no more than 10 individuals in large public and private outdoor spaces.
In any outdoor and indoor common spaces, face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth. Marriage license offices closed. Chicago will enter a new phase & we will know more June 26th. 

VIRTUAL CEREMONY: Currently offering legal virtual ceremonies for Illinois Residents

OPEN: Gatherings of up to 100 people are permitted; when outdoors must wear masks and maintain 6′ social distancing. Hair and make-up services are not currently permitted

NEVADA (Las Vegas)
OPEN: Open to groups gathering 10 or less. Private venues & state parks are open and offering services

SEMI-OPEN: Open to groups gathering 10 or less but marriage license offices are closed to in person services & Central Park will not be issuing any permits through June. Masks & social distancing encouraged. NY and NJ are implementing a joint travel advisory, which declares that people coming from states that have a large amount of COVID-19 cases will have to quarantine for 14 days. States that currently meet that standard and therefore require quarantine are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas.
VIRTUAL CEREMONY: Currently offering virtual legal ceremonies for New York State Residents

OPEN: open to groups gathering 25 or less; 6′ social distancing highly encouraged

TENNESSEE (Gatlinburg & Nashville)
OPEN: open to groups gathering 50 or less; 6′ social distancing highly encouraged; masks are required for group gatherings

TEXAS (Houston & Dallas)
OPEN: open to groups gathering 10 or less; 6′ social distancing highly encouraged; masks not required but encouraged. Note, Houston has been hit hard in recent days, Simply Eloped has opted to not book any ceremonies for the month of July. 
UPDATE: For Houston, marriage licenses are only issued by appointment at one of the many offices. The appointments are booked through July 18th. At this time we recommend ceremonies in Houston only after July 18th. Dallas County Clerk’s office is open and issuing marriage licenses.

Washington D.C.
OPEN: Gatherings of 50 or less permitted. 6′ social distancing highly encouraged; masks are required for group gatherings

St. Augustine
OPEN: Gatherings of 50 or less permitted. 6′ social distancing highly encouraged; masks are required for group gatherings.

AirBnb & private residencies
We are happy to provide our services in a private residency or Airbnb in a market that permits gathering in the event a venue or location is closed or unavailable due to Coronavirus.

If you have any questions regarding the status of a marriage license bureaus in any of our markets, please refer to this post.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

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