COVID-19 Wedding Hacks
The coronavirus pandemic has had a tremendous impact on couples who had their big day planned for 2020. Many have decided to postpone their wedding celebration, the unexpected disruption is affecting the entire industry and everyone is pivoting together in this uncertain time.
The most important advice we can give is to be proactive. Give yourself time to grieve, but keep informed and move forward with a new date or plan. Since so much around this pandemic is still unknown, we understand most concerns but there are still plenty of ways within this “new normal” to celebrate your love with a bang.
MINIMONY & ZOOM WEDDINGS
Rather than wait, many couples have decided to move forward with having a ceremony on a much smaller scale in an effort to adhere to social distancing laws. ABC7 Chicago highlighted couples who moved forward with their wedding plans but cut the guest list in half and had a “minimony”.
Zoom weddings are also a new trend. Whether they simply don’t want to wait or are just playing it safe for all involved, it’s an innovative way to virtually celebrate with loved ones. And you can still make it fun: consider sending party packages with champagne to those who are calling in or hiring an entertainment act to provide music for a virtual dance party.
Many indoor venues are still closed or are only open for events with 10-50 people. Outdoor wedding options are a huge hit for people who would like to move forward with their weddings without this restriction while still keeping their guests safe. If you or a close friend have a nice open backyard, this may be an option to consider. There should be enough space for guests to keep their distance and adjustments like a short, standing ceremony or a cocktail-style reception will ensure guests can stay 6 feet apart.
If you’re set on an in-person event and are postponing until 2021 or 2022, we have some advice for you too. There’s a bit of a rebooking madness happening for the wedding industry right now, so if you haven’t started to settle on new dates with all of your vendors, that would be a good first step. There will likely be some not-so-fun logistics to work through but many vendors are finding new ways to accommodate their clients. We are in this together so at least reach out to see what your options are!
And you should keep guests informed about the plans as they evolve (even if they’re still up in the air). But the good news is that there is an opportunity to get creative.
Regardless of what you decide to do, know that your love will overcome this pandemic’s upheaval and shift in plans. Let’s just say you’ll certainly have a story to tell when all of this is said and done!