Here comes the wedding crasher!
With wedding season approaching fast, many couples around the world have had to postpone or cancel their wedding due to the Coronavirus. Luckily, some weddings have still managed to continue, but with a few tweaks to either their guest list or the location of the ceremony.
For those who were supposed to get married during this time, now is your chance to get creative! If you're adamant about keeping your wedding, you still have a few options that you can choose from.
Have a mini wedding ceremony.
Your wedding is such a sacred time that is spent with friends and family, so it can be hard for you to completely call off the wedding – especially when you have been planning it for months. If you are determined to get married as soon as possible, an option is for you and your partner to have a small wedding ceremony where it is just the two of you, or if it is safe, have a few family members present to share the moment with you. Coronavirus.gov advises to keep groups to a maximum of ten people per gathering.
You can always reschedule the reception to another time so you can celebrate with the rest of your friends and family. The ceremony can take place inside of your house or in your backyard, but be sure to still practice social distancing if any guests come to watch.
Livestream your wedding.
If you have decided to have a small wedding with only you and your partner, a great way to share the moment with your family and friends is to livestream it! You can set up an Instagram or Facebook Live to capture the wedding. Your family and friends will still be there to celebrate with you, but from a distance. This is a much safer option to choose from during these uncertain times.
If you can’t wait until the reception to celebrate with your friends and family, you can host a virtual after-party! After you have finished your mini wedding ceremony, keep the livestream going and have an intimate after-party. Pop a bottle of champagne, cut your wedding cake and share the moment with everyone who is watching.
Tips & Suggestions
It is always safe to be cautious even if you are having a small ceremony with just a few friends and family. Here are a few tips you should consider when hosting a wedding:
- Keep in contact with guests: In order to keep all of your guests informed, be sure to set up a group chat online or post to your wedding website to update them with new information about the wedding. Let them know if anything changes, such as location, date/time, or if you are considering live streaming your wedding. This will keep things organized so you don’t have to worry about everyone not knowing what is going on.
- Talk to your vendors: It is very important to talk to all the vendors that you have hired for your wedding to see if you are able to reschedule or to see what their cancellation policy is. Many venues and vendors have been allowing couples to change their wedding date without any penalty.
- Pre-plate the food: An easy way to stop the spread of germs is to have a plated dinner instead of a buffet style. Pre-plating the appetizers, drinks and main course will reduce the likeliness of someone touching the utensils or drink bottles and spreading the virus.
- Sanitize everything: This might be a no brainer, but make sure you sanitize everything! Bring along some disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and disinfectant sprays for you and your guests to use. Microphones, cellphones, computers, etc. carry tons of germs, so a disinfectant wipe will go a long way.
- Distance is key: If you are having a small wedding with only a few friends and family members, you should try to limit the amount of hugging and hand shakes going around. Even though you know and love everyone who is coming to celebrate your special day with you, the virus could still be in someone that has no idea they have it. So it is key to keep your distance, but still have a great time!
Keep your head up!
Remember that it's always better to be safe than sorry, so if postponing is an option for you, it might be the best route to take. Don’t let the coronavirus ruin this special moment in your life. Even if your wedding day didn’t go the way you planned, everything will work out in the end and the most important thing is that you are marrying the love of your life.
Please continue to be safe, practice social distancing and good hygiene, and take care of your loved ones! We want to say thank you for supporting Modern Gents, we will be here for you whenever you do choose to get married!