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