You’re newly engaged and starting to plan your big day. Between choosing a color palette and floral arrangements, you’ll also need to consider how the pandemic will affect your wedding. Even with the improvements that have been made since COVID-19 first hit, it’s still affecting couples and their wedding planning.
Even with regulations and restrictions being lifted, couples are still choosing some safety protocols for their wedding. It’s up to you and your soon-to-be spouse’s comfort levels in terms of implementing safety protocols. This might mean waiting another year or two until you can have the wedding of your dreams without restrictions.
It can also mean that you’ll implement different protocols, such as having everyone test for COVID-19 before your wedding or asking for proof of vaccination. Ultimately, you and your partner will need to discuss and decide what you’re most comfortable with, and how you’re going to communicate that information to your guests so they can plan appropriately as well.
Rather than putting off your wedding a few years, you may opt for a smaller, more intimate wedding instead. Your guest list will consist of those closest to you and your partner, instead of all of those additional guests that are friends-of-friends or friends of the family.
With a smaller guest list comes more flexibility with vendors and budget. If you need to add in a vendor or make a change, it’s significantly easier with less people attending. It also means that you can spend more on the smaller details like name cards that are written in calligraphy or creating a signature wedding cocktail to serve.
Lastly, you’ll get more quality time with your guests if you only have 30 versus 100. You’ll have lasting memories with your loved ones that everyone will look back on fondly.
Another option to consider when planning your wedding is getting married in the off-peak season. This typically runs from December to March, and can be a great time for your celebration that will allow more safety protocols to be implemented.
If you choose to get married during this season, you’ll have less competition with other couples, you’ll likely have better discounts on vendors and venues, and your guests will have more open time on the weekends for your big day versus the summer months.
While having a wedding in the winter isn’t the most popular choice, imagine getting married in a cozy, candle-lit venue with snow falling outside and garlands on each table. Your guests dressed in reds and greens and your wedding party “special” attendees wearing winter green bridesmaid dresses. Warm drinks such as cider or hot chocolate and a roaring fire will seal the deal in your wintry ceremony.
Additionally, having your wedding in the off-season means that your honeymoon can also benefit. Depending on where you’re traveling, you may see hotels and resorts offering lower rates for the slower seasons. You’ll also have more availability to do fun excursions together or relax at a spa.
No matter what type of ceremony you choose, there are a few safety protocols you may want to consider:
- Requesting proof of vaccination from guests
- Requesting a negative PCR or antigen test
- Wearing masks
- Social distancing
- Washing hands frequently
- Having your ceremony in a well ventilated area, or even outdoors
Again, this all depends on the levels of comfort of yourself and your partner. Whatever you decide, ensure that you communicate often with your guests and wedding party so they know the expectations and how they can send any information to you. Consider setting up a wedding website or newsletter that can update everyone as needed.
Now that you’ve considered the safety protocols you’d like to implement for your big day, you’ll want to think about where you want your ceremony to be. Having it outdoors or in a well ventilated venue are two great options that are becoming more popular during the pandemic.
Having your wedding completely outdoors in your backyard, at a golf course, or even a resort can minimize worries about COVID-19, since ventilation won’t be a concern. If you choose to have your wedding indoors, opt for a larger venue that allows spreading out and letting guests have space. This will help with ensuring social distancing protocols to an extent.
Weddings don’t exactly look the way they did before COVID-19 hit, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t celebrate your big day with those you love. From implementing safety protocols to rethinking the location and size of your wedding, there are multiple ways that you can still have the wedding of your dreams in a safe manner. At the end of the day, the safety of you and your loved ones is the most important factor when planning your big day.