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Planning a wedding is stressful on its own, but planning a wedding as the Coronavirus Pandemic is on a whole different level. There’s a good chance that no matter how well you plan, Covid-19 could have some unexpected impact on your wedding.
No matter where you are in the wedding planning process here are 5 tips to help you plan a wedding during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
1- Stay calm
You have hired a team of professionals that you can trust to keep you afloat in these uncharted waters! Know that your vendors are working hard behind the scenes to make this as stress-free as they can and have grace and trust in them along the way.
Newly engaged? Make sure that you hire trusted and experienced vendors and lean on your venue’s preferred vendor list. Feel free to check the Wedding Planning Guide.
2- Head outdoors
Not only is natural light better for photos, and a fresh supply of moving air in an open environment impedes transmission. So consider having your wedding ceremony and dinner outdoors, and then dance your ass off under the stars. If you already have an indoor reception booked look into options for setting up outside the venue – it’s amazing what some lights and a little creativity can do.
3- Elopements and small weddings
Fewer guests mean there’s a much smaller chance of transmitting illness and a smaller spread in case somebody does show up sick. Add to that, more space for social distancing and less chance that an event size restriction will interfere. If it’s just the two of you and an officiant standing six feet away the chance of infection is minimal. If you’re in the process of planning a big wedding you might want to consider having an elopement soon and a reception later, when things settle down. Check out the elopement information HERE.
4- Encourage Cleanliness
Invite your guests to wash their hands before dinner. Create clever signs that encourage bumping elbows. Set up cleanliness baskets or give out gift bags with Hand Sanitizer and wipes. And it’s probably a hard pass on self serve buffets and family-style dinners for the time being.
5- Livestream it
Just as we are now relying on video chats to stay connected to the people we love, streaming your wedding in real-time offers you the opportunity to have your cake and eat it too. You can elope alone and still share the experience with everyone.