A Guide To Planning A Memorable Wedding During Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought all mass gatherings to a screeching halt, as concerts, festivals, parades, and conventions have been canceled or postponed to prevent the further spread of the virus. Moreover, thousands of couples have reportedly postponed their weddings, and more than 95 percent of those who were planning to get married this year have decided to reschedule their nuptials for next year. But while most are putting their wedding plans on pause until the health crisis is over, some are still choosing to push through.
Online weddings becoming the norm seems to be an indication that couples are determined to say I do, regardless of the inconveniences and stress brought about by the global pandemic. If you want to have a wedding this year but aren’t a 100 percent onboard with the idea of a Zoom ceremony, don’t fret. With a little creativity, you can still have a memorable wedding during Covid-19.
Consider having a pop-up wedding
Since the day you got engaged, you probably have visions of having an exquisite wedding with no less than a hundred guests, a big and lavish reception, and a ceremony held in a well-known venue. But now that we’re dealing with a pandemic, you may have to opt for a simpler but still meaningful celebration to protect your loved ones from being infected. To do that, consider having a pop-up wedding.
This concept has been around for years, but it’s suitable for the current situation as it allows you to have a wedding and reception in any location that you choose. The wedding planner would take care of everything from booking the spot, officiant, food, photographer, flowers, and even your hair and makeup so you won’t have to deal with them yourself. Pop-up weddings are intimate, so you’ll need to pare down your guest list, and be prepared to wrap up the party immediately as most pop up weddings last from 1.5 to 2.5 hours.
Have the ceremony in your backyard
Perhaps nothing is more intimate than having your wedding at home. Invite only your immediate family and closest friends to the event. If you can, invite no more than 20 guests to celebrate your special day. Do a rustic theme for your backyard wedding so you can keep things casual and simple. Decorate your outdoor space with string lights, and use plants as centerpieces. Say your vows under a homemade wedding arch decorated with fresh or faux flowers, and remember to keep the ceremony short. Also, to follow social distancing guidelines, forget about having a buffet. Instead, serve food in bento boxes and have a maximum of three to four people per table.
Provide guests with masks and hand sanitizer
No matter where you’re having your wedding, remember to always keep the health and safety of everyone in mind. Have a couple of protective face masks on hand and give them to loved ones to wear during the ceremony. You may also wear one yourself. In fact, why not customize masks that would go well with your dress and your groom’s outfit? You should also set up a sanitizing station so guests can disinfect their hands as often as needed. If you’re having a wedding at home, make sure to place the chairs at least three feet away from each other in order to comply with social distancing rules.
A perfect wedding during Covid-19 is possible!
Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. By keeping things simple, you can still have a memorable wedding while protecting your loved ones’ health. Congratulations, and enjoy your special day!