Maybe you just got engaged and you’re wondering “how will I ever have a wedding during the pandemic!” Or maybe you’ve already postponed your wedding from 2020 to 2021. It’s officially a new year, but it seems as though our dreaded friend, Covid-19, has followed us into 2021! Brian and I have helped several couples celebrate during the pandemic and would love to share a few things that we’ve learned. Read on for a few tips on how to have a Covid-19 safe wedding in 2021!
Most wedding venues that we’ve visited since last March have set up sanitizing stations for guest! I highly recommend having stations where your guest can grab a quick squirt of sanitizer throughout the day! Brian and I always pack our own, but I like the idea of knowing that everyone else is hopefully sanitizing from time to time as well. This may even be law right now too!
Before Covid-19 was ever a thing, I’ve always believed in giving people their space! Especially people that I don’t know like in the grocery store when you’re checking out! Or when standing in line at the post office. Of course, that didn’t apply to friends and family, but I’ve learned that there are ways to safely see friends and family and still allow them at least 6 ft of space. Here are a few ways that you can help your guest social distance while at your wedding.
- Space out the ceremony chairs
- Space out reception tables or limit the number of guest at each table
- Limit the number of people who get dressed with you inside of your bridal suite
Cut Your Guest Count
Guest list have always been one area of planning that quickly gets out of control! Should we invite all of my cousins although we haven’t talked in years? Or my old coworker who I see occasionally on Facebook? Cutting your guest count is one way to make it easier for everyone to social distance on your wedding day! This doesn’t mean you have to cut it down to 15 or 20 people, but just to a number that makes sense for your venue! Brian and I have worked everything from 10 to 100 guest wedding during Covid-19. Definitely don’t be afraid to ask your venue for guidance in this area. And just in case you’re wondering about the current rules when it comes to guest size in North Carolina, check this out! It comes straight from the NC.gov FAQ section. (current on 1/6/2021)
This is a given, but definitely ask your guest to wear their mask! Some couples have even chosen to give their guest cute mask that include their names and wedding date as a wedding favor. Mask have come along way in terms of design since the beginning of the pandemic.
Plan to be outdoors as much as possible. Maybe that means having an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour followed by an outdoor dinner reception. Or an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour followed by an indoor reception. If you are indoors, ask your venue if it’s possible to leave a door (or window if available) open for a flow of air! This door doesn’t have to lead outdoors, but can lead to a lobby or hallway depending on your venue.
There are lots of ways that you can have your dream wedding while still playing it Covid-19 safe. And just imagine how cool your kids will think it is when they hear that you guys got married in the middle of a pandemic! Check out a few setups from some of the weddings that we’ve worked since the pandemic started.
The Grandover spaced out chairs during the ceremony for Paris and Rondell’s wedding.
Aislinn and Joey’s outdoor ceremony at the beach over the summer.
Shree and her girls wearing mask for one of their portraits! We like to suggest a quick photo without mask if everyone is comfortable with it too!
Grace and John rocking their wedding mask!
This wedding dinner had 2 people (one couple) per table! It was very intimate and the guest enjoyed having their own little space.