It has been a year since our world changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As things slowly shift to the “new normal” you may be considering how to move forward with your wedding ceremony. Here is some advice as to how you can create a safe environment for you and your guests.
Host an outdoor wedding.
Now that spring it here, there is no excuse! The flowers are in bloom and the air is warm. An outdoor wedding will allow space for a greater number guests with the ability to maintain safe social distancing practices. According to the Mayo Clinic, “When you are outside, fresh air is constantly moving, dispersing these droplets. So, you’re less likely to breathe in enough of the respiratory droplets containing the virus that causes COVID-19 to become infected.” Set up your space by spreading chairs apart at six feet of distance or more. You can allow families or parties from the same household to sit together, which will create a more enjoyable experience for them. Consider pre-reserving clusters of seats for these groups to minimize reshuffling prior to your ceremony.
Let everyone know in advance that masks are required for attendance. If your guests are uncomfortable in a mask, give them the option to livestream your ceremony. Provide an assortment of new or disposable options at the entrance for those who still show up without a face covering.
Provide Hand Sanitizer Stations.
Purchase large bottles of hand sanitizer and place them in different areas of your wedding space. Feel free to have your bottles monogramed, decorated, or glamorized in any way that seems fun or suits your theme. Although handwashing is the most effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19, sanitizer stations can prevent unwanted spread through touching contaminated surfaces.
If you are organizing a safe outdoor wedding in your very own backyard, here are some tips to get your planning underway.
“Safe Outdoor Activities During The COVID-19 Pandemic [Blog Post]”. The Mayo Clinic,
www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/safe-activities-during-covid19/art-20489385. Accessed March 14, 2021
It has been almost a year since our world changed due to COVID-19. Important events have been put on hold or canceled to keep us safe and healthy. However, we understand that the excitement surrounding your wedding did not change with a national slowdown. Wedding plans may just need to be adjusted or postponed to allow safe social distancing practices. If you are considering ways to still get hitched and keep others healthy, here are some ideas that will allow you to have both.
Many brides are holding a small, socially distanced wedding with a virtual option for those who are uncomfortable or unable to attend. There are terrific platforms available to allow your guests to sign in and never miss a beat, right from the comfort of their own home. If you choose this path, send a link in advance and inform your virtual guests they may need to download software or an app in advance to participate. Place your camera at an angle that allows the most coverage of you and the venue. That way your online guests to capture the full essence of your event.
Whether you add an online option or not, micro-weddings are a safe alternative for in-person weddings. First, include those already in your close circle to eliminate exposure with people you have not seen in a while. You can also ask your guest to get tested prior to your wedding and wear a mask while socially distancing. Weather permitting, take the festivities outdoors and spread out. Open air is a safer alternative to indoor gatherings. A small intimate ceremony can make your nuptials feel romantic and sweet with those you love the most. Here are some ideas for small backyard gatherings if you want to keep things close to home.
Postpone the Celebration
If you have a dream wedding in mind, there is no reason to kiss it goodbye. Instead, consider getting married with just a witness or small gathering of loved ones and host a large event on a later date. This alternative will allow time for wedding venues to re-open at full capacity and people to celebrate without anxiety. If you need tips for sending postponement announcements, click here.
Backyard weddings are more popular than ever. Venues are postponing events due to the pandemic, travel restrictions are in place, and safety requirements for small gatherings have created a challenge. So, brides who are still eager to tie the knot are bringing things right into their very own backyard. If you are considering a wedding at home, here are tips to consider.
Organize your rental supply checklist.
While wedding venues have rooms set up and ready to entertain, it may be a challenge knowing exactly what you should order to create the same atmosphere. Here is a checklist to get you started:
- Tablecloths and linens
- Chairs – for the ceremony and meal
- Chair draperies
- Table décor – centerpieces
- Plates, cutlery, glassware
- Bars tables to serve food
- Beverage station supplies – beverages and pitchers, ice bucket, beverage glasses
- Floral arrangements and greenery
- Guest book
- Arch for the ceremony
- Trash bins
- Serving utensils
- Extension cords, power strips
Order appropriate food conducive to a backyard gathering.
Perhaps you had dreamed of a formal sit-down dinner indoors. You can still enjoy your favorite dishes; just modify how you serve them to suit your ambiance. When people think backyard wedding, comfort food typically comes to mind. So, include your upscale finger foods and side dishes while mixing them with your classic backyard selections. If you had your heart set on lobster as an entrée, consider serving it in a pastry or handheld appetizer instead. Pig roasts, hamburgers, and easy to serve buffet options have historically been a hit.
Create a unique beverage station.
Stock your bar with the typical favorites, but also include a specialty cocktail exclusive to your event. Think seasonal or original. If you have an innovation cocktail creation, this is the best time to share it with your favorite people. Ordering a keg from a local brewery or cidery to serve is a also great way to make your ceremony intimate. Anything that makes your wedding memorable is key.
Add a place for games and entertainment.
Backyard games such as cornhole, tetherball, horseshoes, Canjam, and so on are perfect entertainment to mix with the DJ and wedding festivities. It also creates a casual, fun, and intimate setting that fits the ambiance of an outdoor wedding.
Make restrooms accessible.
Be sure to have clean restrooms available and easy to access. Allowing traffic inside to use the powder room can create unnecessary traffic and chaos. An outdoor setup can eliminate congestion for the caterer who is preparing food indoors. Here are some upscale options to consider: Luxury Restroom Trailers – Edmunds Waste Removal.
Curbing the spread of COVID-19 has been a hot topic for months. If you are planning a wedding right now, the stress of making changes to your timeline, catering to CDC guidelines, and debating difficult next moves (based on unknown factors) can be emotionally taxing. You have spent months on planning so the final decision to postpone your event it not an easy one. But if it is inevitable, here are some tips to get your information out to your guests in the most efficient way.
Where to start
Before you make an announcement to your entire guestlist, individually call your wedding party to give them a heads up. These folks are essential and may need to make travel adjustments quickly. More than likely, this is your close circle and their availability could help determine when you chose to reschedule.
Get the Word Out
Once your wedding party has been notified, it is time to let your guestlist know the change in plans. Begin with posting details on your wedding website. You may not have a reschedule date, but the more information you can share the better. Then, start calling friends and family while encouraging them to pass the information along to other guests they are in close contact with. Then begin emailing individuals to either give them a heads up or to confirm they have been notified by another source. It may be helpful to create an email draft and blind copy each guest to streamline this process. While you may want to call each guest personally, there may not be enough time to do so.
Divide and Conquer
This is a time when you and your fiancé must work together. You worked on creating your guestlist together, so take the names of those you personally added and begin calling, emailing, or visiting those guests, respectively. Let your fiancé do the same with his list. Or, divide your list in half and start reaching out until everyone has been notified. If you work together, you will cut the notification process in half.
Now that you have tried to reach everyone on your guestlist electronically or in person, send a postponement announcement. This is essential for any guests who you missed or were unable to be contacted. Not everyone will visit your website, so this will eliminate any surprise. If you have a change-of-date, this is the time to notify every one of those details as a full invitation is not necessary. If you do not have a date change yet, let them know details are pending. Give your guests an electronic RSVP option rather than a paper trail this go around.
If you want to go ahead and tie the knot and plan a celebration on a later date, here are a few reasons why this option could benefit you.