Your wedding date is fast approaching, but the coronavirus pandemic has created additional challenges. Many of the shops you would visit are closed, in-person meetings put you at risk, supply chain issues make it hard to find things you need, and the threat of spreading the virus means taking additional precautions. Though it may seem like the best thing to do is cancel or postpone your wedding, there is hope. Check out these health and safety tips below.
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Do What You Can From Home
Though shelter in place guidelines have loosened, the coronavirus is still a threat. As such, there’s no need to put yourself at risk while planning your wedding. Fortunately, there are several tasks that you can complete online.
- Venue Shopping – If you’re looking for the perfect place to get married, you can find them online. A simple search of wedding venues in the area will route you to several available options. Most of these locations have websites where you can view photographs, check out pricing, and schedule an appointment with a representative. Some wedding venues have even created videos or virtual tours during the pandemic for a more positive experience.
- Wedding Invitations – Instead of visiting a local print shop, design your wedding invitations online. You can choose your paper type, color scheme, font, and images. The sites even provide you with options to print inserts like the RSVP card and wedding menu that match your invitations. Once you’ve decided on a design and input your information, you can have them shipped to your door or directly to your guests.
- Bridal Party Attire – Heading to a local bridal or tuxedo shop in the middle of a pandemic can be risky. Save yourself the trouble by shopping for the latest fashions online. As long as you have the proper measurements, you can browse styles from multiple vendors while safely in your home. However, if you’re going to shop for clothes, shoes, and jewelry online, start early to ensure everything arrives on time.
- Wedding Registry – You and your significant other can even make a date and complete your wedding registry online. Several online retailers make it easy for you to create an account, shop thousands of products, and provide a special link for your guests.
- Meeting With Vendors – Do you need to talk with your wedding planner, florist, baker, or caterer? Rather than scheduling an in-person meeting, request to set up a video conference. You can talk about wedding details and view samples without leaving the comfort of home.
Keep Your Guest List Small
No matter where you plan on getting married, inviting too many guests puts everyone at risk. Small and intimate weddings are ideal during the pandemic. Shorten your guest list by eliminating anyone who is considered high-risk or lives out of town. You can also opt to invite immediate family only. If there are others you’d like to see your special day, there’s always the option to stream it for them.
Spring for Outdoors
The more time you spend indoors with large crowds, the higher the chances are of contracting the coronavirus. As such, couples are encouraged to host an outdoor event. The air circulates better, and guests have more room to social distance, which lowers the risks.
Stock Up On PPE
When interacting with others, health experts recommend that you wear personal protective equipment like a face mask. On your wedding day, ensure that there are enough supplies for your guests. You should provide plenty of face masks and hand sanitizer. If possible, setting up stations for guests to wash their hands before eating is also advised.
Be Mindful When Seating Guests
When creating seating charts for your wedding ceremony and reception, don’t forget to consider social distancing. Try to space chairs and tables at least six feet apart. You should also advise families from the same household to sit together.
Not even a pandemic can get in the way of true love. If you’re ready to get hitched and start your journey as a married couple, you don’t have to wait. As long as you keep precautions like those listed above in mind, you can have the wedding of your dreams without the stress of putting the people you love at risk.