Top 5 Tips for Planning Your Wedding During the Pandemic
The pandemic has completely turned the world upside down. And as part of it, millions of couples have had to either cancel, postpone or rethink their wedding plans.
If your wedding is fast approaching, chances are that you’re having to change your plans so that it can accommodate social distancing and other safety measures.
However, that doesn’t mean that your wedding still won’t be fun! Of course, if you’re wanting a big extravagant wedding, the best option is probably to postpone. But if you’re happy to have a smaller, more intimate wedding, then there’s no reason why the day won’t be just as magical.
To ensure that you’re on the right track, here are 5 top tips you can use to help you to plan your wedding throughout this unprecedented time:
Take Time Out for Yourselves
This is a very stressful time, and because of this, you’re likely getting stressed with the ever-changing rules and regulations. This is why it’s important to take some time out for yourselves. By planning a date night or just taking a day off of wedding planning, you’ll go back to it feeling refreshed and at ease.
This time off also allows you to reassess the situation, prioritizing exactly what you want within your wedding. For example, before the virus, items like luxurious centerpieces and seat covers were probably a must-have. However, now they might just be an added bonus. Think about what really matters and whether you truly need certain things to make the day amazing.
Ask if You Can Get Married Outdoors
If you’re not already planning to get married outdoors, why not consider doing this? Many venues will have gardens at the back of them, so there’s no harm asking them whether this is possible.
Not only will you be able to get beautiful pictures of the ceremony, but research indicates that it’s harder for the virus to spread outdoors. If you’re having your reception this year, then you can also host this outside.
Giving you more space to enjoy the day, guests will feel more comfortable being outdoors for the event. You could even include extraordinary additions like these Party Pony Trailers, lanterns, etc. However, at the moment DJs aren’t allowed.
Rethink Your Guest List
Due to regulations, as part of the planning, you’ll have to cut down your guest list. A way of keeping your wedding small, you’ll have to unfortunately cut friends and family from it. Even though this is a horrible thing to do, unfortunately at the moment it’s the way it has to be. Thankfully, people will understand because the circumstances are beyond your control.
If you do want to have a bigger ‘wedding’, you could always also elope now and then plan a vow renewal/reception in the future when the lockdown rules have eased even further.
If your wedding is in the next few months, your venue has probably contacted you in regards to the safety protocols that are in place. This could either involve rethinking your seating plan so that there are only two households per table, ensuring that in the ceremony everyone is at least 1 meter apart, etc.
And while they would have taken care of things like this, you might also want to implement your own protocols to keep everyone safe – such as no hugging, kissing or shaking hands.
Live Stream The Ceremony
It’s not fun to miss out on a wedding because of the pandemic. So for those family members/friends that have had to stay at home, whether it be because you had to cut down your guest list or for their health, it’s a nice idea to live stream the ceremony.
Thankfully, because of the technology that’s currently around you can do this easily – whether it’s through software such as Zoom, through the Facebook Portal, etc.
So, there you go! Those are 5 tips you can use to help plan your wedding during the pandemic. At the end of the day, if you’re happy to have a smaller wedding with certain alterations, there’s no reason why it can’t be unforgettable. Plus, that reception with everyone in the future will be even more bittersweet!