COVID-19 has caused the cancellations of wedding plans and receptions everywhere. You could reschedule your wedding, but if you and your significant other can’t wait to get married, then you don’t have to! With venues beginning to open with certain restrictions, couples can now hold wedding ceremonies.
In order to help you prepare, we’ve put together some recommendations on how to get married during Covid-19 and how to make your small ceremony feel just as special as the wedding you originally planned. From recommendations for where to have your ceremony to what to wear, we want this day to be one you never forget!
Get Married During Covid-19: Recommendations
Research churches, hotels, or other venues near you to schedule your ceremony and find out what new requirements they have in place in relation to COVID-19. Your safest options will be outdoor venues such as local vineyards or parks. Make sure you give yourself some time before your scheduled date, as there may be a waiting list or specific times/dates that the location has for wedding ceremonies. Once you find out the number of guests that can attend, make sure to reach out to the people you want at your ceremony.
Getting the Perfect Dress
If your original wedding dress already came in and is the final dress you wanted for your wedding, wearing it to your ceremony is still an option! Getting your hair and makeup professionally done is up to you, but if you do, make sure you contact someone to get you glammed up ahead of time.
If you want to save your wedding dress and glam look for the rescheduled reception, then purchasing a simple white sundress or other inexpensive white dress for this day is your best option. You or someone who is attending your ceremony can do your hair or makeup for a simple and quick look. You can easily find local stores for dresses and women’s attire if you want to shop for a simple white dress for your ceremony.
Once you know where your ceremony will be, how many guests can attend, what your budget is, and if you are having any type of small reception/after party, you could start looking at transportation options that work for you. These options could help move your guests from a meeting place to the ceremony location, and then from the ceremony location to the small afterparty location. Choosing to offer transportation services is a personal choice. If you do, you can find these local transportation services very easily.
Looking into ordering flowers from a local florist for the big day is a great way to make this day feel similar to the one you had originally planned. You can order bouquets for you and for the attendants you have to support you at the altar. You could also pass out individual flowers to your guests in the pews as a symbol of thanks and appreciation of them being here on your day that looks a little different than you had planned.
Remembering your special day, especially the ceremony, is very important! Hire a local photographer to take professional pictures at the ceremony and at the small after party if you have one. If you are on a budget, you can always ask any of your guests if they want to take pictures. To facilitate this, offer disposable cameras on the tables at your gathering. Make sure if you do have someone who is not a professional take your pictures that you figure out if you want them taken on a nice camera or a nice smartphone camera.
Make-Do Reception Options
Having a small reception or after party after your ceremony is a great option to keep in mind to make this day special! With outdoor restaurants, indoor restaurants, outdoor bars, and indoor bars open in certain states, you can reserve those spaces for a certain number of guests to hold your reception. Make sure you check with local restaurants and bars about how many guests you could have at their space and about their rules due to COVID-19.
If you are able to reserve a space for a small reception, make sure you have food, dessert, and beverages for your guests. See what the restaurant or bar has to offer first, then you can always look into local catering companies and local bakeries to satisfy your food and dessert needs!
Of course, all these recommendations are just options for if you want to get married during covid-19. You can always have a reception at a later date if you still want all your guests that you originally invited to your wedding to help celebrate your marriage. If this helped you out, feel free to check out other blogs by Easy Event Planning for help with event planning and small businesses!
Written by Natalie Davidson