We don't want it to be this way, but it is. So let's make the most of the ultimate wedding challenge: keeping your special day COVID-19 free!
Naturally, the most important action to be taken is the careful adherence to all health guidelines but forth by your local health authority. If you're able to have a small group gathering outdoors, you should still do it responsibly! When it comes to keeping COVID-19 at bay and making sure your nuptials are a celebration, not cause for concern, it's best to go above and beyond.
Here are a few ways to make your COVID-19 measures a little more you.
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Personalized hand sanitizer bottles
Let's start with the fun stuff! Monogrammed hand sanitizer bottles, gloves, and single use napkins or paper towels will keep your guests' hands spotless without feeling too clinical. These little bottles can also be sent home as favours—it's personal touches like these that leave a lasting impact.
Masks as favours
Masks will probably be a must at your wedding, but do not despair: these life saving, pandemic slowing face coverings can also present a great opportunity for coordinated photo ops, and can be excellent favours for your guests. Think of it this way: guests could be offered masks coloured in your wedding colour scheme. Or your MOH, bridesmaids, and best man could wear masks labelled as such. This is a fun way to spruce up a necessary safety precaution.
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COVID-19 seating chart and social distancing
COVID-19 brings up new issues for seating charts. If you're able to have a party at all, consider seating your guests according to their respective "bubbles," and ensure safe social distancing between tables or other zones your guests might inhabit throughout the event. This could look like seating whole families together, or friend groups altogether, to lessen guests' exposure to new or unfamiliar people. This alone won't stop the spread of COVID-19, but it might help. Bad for mingling, great for public health!
Clear pathways and guidelines
Just like our favourite restaurants and shops now have strict guidelines to control the flow of people, your wedding should too. Clearly delineate which doors are for entrances and exits, how to approach the bar, how to procure cocktails or snacks from caterers, and clearly mark squares on the dance floor to encourage groups of up to six to keep their distance. It's a new world, but we can make it work for us!
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Website and streaming for extended family
Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, your second and third cousins should probably not be attending your wedding in the time of COVID-19. This doesn't mean you need to exclude the extended family and friends, though! Build a streaming service into your wedding website (really easy and affordable to make with a platform like Squarespace) and encourage family to tune in to your big day there. Run this by your videographer—they will probably be able to handle setting up the stream! If not, a great webcam and a Live video on YouTube will do the trick. It's a lot easier than it sounds.
How are you making your wedding COVID-19 proof? Let us know below!