5 Tips When Holding A COVID-Conscious Wedding
If there's one thing we can be sure of during the COVID-19 situation, it's that getting married has been more challenging than ever. Couples are in a complicated position where they need to choose between their dream wedding and they're and their family's safety.
But it's possible. There are marriage success stories out there that serve as proof that love wins against any circumstances. And we're willing to bet that you're on the same inspiration boat as us.
If you and your partner are keen on tying the knot this year, we're here to help you out. We've got you covered with these six tips on how to hold a memorable wedding, despite the given state of the world today!
1. Always practice safety measures.
Safety should be your prime priority during your wedding! Wearing masks on your big day may not be part of the ideal attire for the event, but it's important to keep the risk of infection to a minimum.
Aside from the masks, practice social distancing during the duration of the event too. Adjust your seating arrangements so that your guests can still have at least two meters apart.
Also, keep sanitizers around the venue so guests can sanitize their hands whenever they want. You can dress it up according to your wedding's motif so they won't look awkward. Alternatively, you can include sanitizers as wedding favours decorated with ribbons or stickers.
2. Use technology.
Looking to have all your friends and family witness your marriage, even when they're not physically present? Livestream your wedding using streaming platforms like Zoom. With a camera, a stable internet connection, and your chosen platform, it won't feel like you've downsized your guest list at all.
New to the live streaming party? Here are some of the most convenient streaming platforms you can use:
- Google Meet
- Facebook or Instagram
Once you've handled the technical part, inform your guests about the streaming details, such as:
- The link of the live stream
- Time and date
- Dress code
- Other particulars for those joining (such as muting their mics during the ceremony)
If you want to keep some physical memorabilia of your wedding, get a photographer for your wedding day. You won't need to worry about photographing important moments of your marriage. You can then use the photos to create a photo album book that you can share with ALL your guests.
3. Discuss with your vendors about your new plans.
If you want your special day to run smoothly, you're gonna need to work with your vendors about the nitty-gritty of your wedding.
Don't be afraid to discuss your new wedding plans with your vendors. If there are people that can understand what you're going through, it's them. Whether you're planning to use fewer flowers or go for a simpler, ready-to-wear dress, they'll be willing to work on a solution with you.
It's also good to discuss your contract with your vendors if you signed one. If you're going to have financial obligations with your new wedding date, ask them for more time for the deposits and whatnots.
If you still haven't signed any contracts with any vendors, consider working a deal with local businesses. For instance, your local flower shop may have the perfect supplies for your floral decors and your wedding bouquet. You get more cost-efficient items for your special day, and you get to support local businesses who are also affected by this pandemic.
4. Be open to adjustments.
First things first, you need to work on your goals and priorities with your partner. Do you really want an outdoor wedding? Which guests need to be present for the wedding? Will they be able to attend despite the restrictions in place? Do you still want to push for a reception afterwards so you can mingle with guests?
Whatever goals you decide to prioritize for your newly-adjusted wedding, it's best to downsize your guest list, probably to a half. This is the best way to keep social distancing measures alive. Plus, some venues have a limited number of people allowed in the place.
For your reception, go for dedicated plated meals for each guest instead of a buffet style. This would lessen interactions and impose little to no risks of transmission.
5. Keep a positive mindset.
Even if your grand vision of a wedding didn't happen, it's okay. You can always make your wedding dream come true when you renew your vows!
If you're feeling lost, anxious, overwhelmed, or sad in the middle of your wedding planning and daily living routines, it's normal. You're not alone in the feels train - there are plenty of soon-to-be-married couples who aren't sure what to do.
In fact, you deserve applause for building the determination to get married this year, no matter what happens. Hats off to you and your partner!