Making The Most Out Of Your Small
Weddings are one of the most important events in a person’s life. This is the time that marks the start of your journey in life together. So, it is just normal to want to celebrate this important event in your life and let your family and friends witness your exchange of “I do’s,” if possible. However, because the pandemic Covid-19 still uncontained, events, and gatherings that used to be normal are no longer recommended.
In March 2020, it was advised limiting gatherings of not exceeding ten people for the following two weeks to prevent the spread of the virus; while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends postponing gatherings of more than 50 people for the following eight weeks. Today, the number of people recommended in a gathering such as weddings depends on each state; and new guidelines are coming out almost every week. However, we also have to keep in mind that the more “intimate” the gathering is, the safer it will be. Here are the tips from wedding experts on how to make the most out of your small Covid-19-friendly wedding.
- Strategically make your guest list
Keeping your wedding as small and intimate is the main concern these times. Make sure to refer to the local and national guidelines with the allowed number of persons in a social gathering. While it would be heartbreaking not to see all your loved ones and close friends present, it is best to be safe and abide by the protocols. Prioritize your family members and those that are living near you.
- Live stream your wedding ceremony
Family members and close friends that will not be able to attend your wedding get to witness your most solemn moment through live streaming. Live streaming via Facebook, Zoom, Google Meet, or any other platforms allow you to share your most memorable moments with your guests who are unable to travel.
- An outdoor venue is better
The best venue for social gathering during a pandemic will be outdoors. The open-air and natural ventilation will make the gathering less risky of the transmission of the virus. Fewer people on the guest list, on the other hand, allows you to make the gathering more memorable and fun for your guests. You can choose an open-air restaurant for your venue, or better yet, go for a smaller space within a large area — like a park-like setting or a golf course, like Montclair Country Club.
- Be thoughtful with your entertainment options
A great thing about a small gathering is that it would be easier for you to customize the activities according to what your guests like. With Covid precautions, it may not be the wisest idea to hire a full band for entertainment. Perhaps hiring a DJ to play music and as well as serve as emcee.
- Observe health protocols
You and your guests’ health are as important as your exchange of vows. See to it that everyone is observing proper health protocols the moment they arrive at the venue up to the reception: wearing their masks at all times and staying six feet apart from others not in their physical household. Make sure that hand sanitizers are available at the entrance and spread throughout the venue.