Due to health protocols, many couples have organized “mini-monies”, elopements, or micro-weddings to celebrate. So if you’re planning your wedding this year, we’re here to help. We’ve come up with a guide on how to organize a COVID wedding so that you can celebrate safely.
The great thing is you can still have your dream wedding and celebrate with your family and friends. However, you and your partner would have to rethink certain aspects of your wedding to ensure everyone stays healthy and safe.
It might be quite different from what you originally envisioned, but according to Desireé Dent, owner of Dejanae Events, “Focus on the love that brought you together and make that love the center of your planning experience. The celebration will still be just that: a celebration of your love for one another among family and friends. Don’t allow masks and hand sanitizer to over-shadow that.”
So, here are some more practical tips to help you plan your 2021 wedding:
Work With Your Chosen Venue
Your ceremony venue is one vendor you’ll need to work closely with while organizing a pandemic wedding. Be clear about the guest limitations so you don’t invite too many people. Ask the venue about their rules regarding social distancing and wearing masks as well. That way, you can inform your guests about what to expect on the wedding day.
You should also consider the space layout to allow for proper social distancing. Consult with your wedding coordinator to determine how your guests can stay 6 feet away from each other throughout the event. They would probably have creative ideas for this, so be open to their suggestions. For example, some establishments are setting up socially distanced dance floors and ensuring tables are arranged 6 feet apart.
Check-in With the Vendors
Call the vendors as soon as you’re aware of the local and national guidelines. If you can call all of them including the top caterers you’ve hired, then much better.
Discuss the Toronto COVID-19 protocols with them and how they will be implemented during the wedding, and know your role in implementing those measures as their client. Remember, this is not only the vendor’s responsibility but it’s yours too as it’s your wedding and these are your guests. Do everything that you can to ensure that the event is as safe as possible.
Encourage Everyone to Wear Masks During the Wedding
Wearing a mask is a simple thing you and your beloved can do to help keep everyone safe. The idea of covering your face with a mask at your wedding isn’t inviting and comfortable. However, it does prevent coronavirus transmission. There are also cute wedding masks that will actually look great in your photographs. Speaking of pictures, you may also want to consider documentary narrative photography. It’s a unique photography approach that would make your wedding presentation stand out from the rest.
Get Some PPE
Aside from wearing masks, couples must provide wedding guests with PPE to keep the event safe. Provide masks, gloves, hand sanitizers, or any other protective items they might need. You can also set up a customized sanitizing station: hand sanitizer infused with mint or lavender will get rid of that strong alcohol scent and keep germs at bay.
These are just some pandemic wedding ideas to help you get started. The key is to do everything necessary to keep everyone safe and happy. It might be an unusual situation, but the important thing is that you’re celebrating it with the people you love the most.
Your wedding is just the beginning of a lifelong commitment. It takes dedication and patience to sustain your marriage and you must work together as a couple. You may also consider marriage counselling. It can strengthen the bond between you and your partner and give you the necessary tools to face the challenges of the pandemic and married life face on.
However, no matter what else the rest of the year would bring, the important thing is for you to tie the knot as safely as possible. Take all the necessary precautions and make the right preparations so your wedding goes with a bang.