2020 was a year full of heartbreak for many. Staying positive proved to be a challenge, and many people were barely hanging on, hoping to see the silver lining during these gloomy times. Several engaged couples postponed their weddings, which caused unwanted stress and financial setbacks. Even if vaccines are now available in almost all countries, couples still need to adhere to the health regulations to avoid outbreaks. Here are a few reminders to keep you and your loved ones safe on your big day.
Communicate the safety protocols with your guests
Include the recommended safety guidelines in your invitation so that everyone is on the same page. While printed invites are more personal and conventional, virtual invitations are more efficient, safer, and hassle-free. You can also include a link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on your wedding website to keep your guests updated with the necessary protocols.
Get creative with your invites and emphasize the importance of staying at home if they have any symptoms. Regardless of if they are part of the entourage, parents of the wedding couple, or a vital guest, anyone who is feeling ill must not attend.
Reevaluate your priorities and manage expectations
Sit down with your partner and determine the non-negotiables and be flexible with your decisions. Hiring a professional coordinator can ease some of the unprecedented stress so that you can focus on other urgent matters. Consider a smaller guest count to minimize the risk of exposure. If possible, hire a videographer that can live stream your wedding so that others can choose to attend virtually.
Go for an outdoor venue with natural ventilation and enough space to practice social distancing. Create unique seating arrangements, utilize every other seat, and minimize guests at one table. Forego the buffet and choose a plated menu to discourage food sharing. Consider table beverage service instead of the open bar. You can also place designated floor markings at high-traffic and communal spaces. Keep the ceremony as short as possible and shelve traditions that promote close contact. Concentrate on the wedding highlights instead, such as the exchange of vows or the much-awaited wedding kiss.
Go for comfortable and high-quality wedding essentials
Invest in premium wedding bands that will last for a lifetime. Narrow down your choices early on and pick the one that will harmoniously go with your lifestyle. Trends come and go, so think long term and consider the quality and research for reliable vendors that offer lifetime maintenance.
For most brides, the wedding dress is the most significant emotional investment as this serves as a memento of their big day. Choosing the best wedding clothing can be extremely stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Just like how you chose your wedding rings, make sure to research early, taking into account your style and budget. Be prepared to fall in love with many dresses, but remember to stay true to yourself above all.
The COVID-19 pandemic taught us to go back to basics and to cherish what truly matters. With proper planning and execution, an intimate wedding can turn out to be luxurious. Weddings should always serve as a happy reminder that whatever the circumstances may be, love still prevails.