How to Salvage your Wedding in the Midst of COVID-19
1) Provide virtual attendance options.
Determine the number of people you can have, and feel comfortable having, at your wedding. For all of the other guests that exceed the in-person number, invite them to be a part of your big day virtually. Consider encouraging them to join in a special moment like a virtual toast that your photographer will capture.
2) Create a Facebook Event to update all attendees on the latest developments.
Send frequent updates to your guests regarding health and safety expectations as well as any ongoing adjustments to the plan that may arise. Maybe even make a video telling everyone how excited you are to see them?!
3) Embrace the outdoors.
We know that the outdoors may, or may not, be what you had pictured for your big day. What if it's a hot day? What if it rains? Consider adding party favors that will help your guests stay cool.
4) Provide wedding-themed hand sanitizers and masks.
Have a handy aunt or friend who has been waiting to find out what they can do help? Having protective gear doesn't have to be a downer. Consider having some that match your theme!
5) Consider avoiding the traditional buffet.
We all love a good buffet, but having individually prepared meals may be the way to go during the pandemic. This doesn't have to break the bank. Many Kansas City caterers like Affordable Elegance Catering offer delicious gourmet boxed meals that can be served individually to each guest.
6) Apply safety measures in beverage preparation and serving.
Summer weddings mean that ice cold drinks are that much more important. This is where we come in. We’ve been bringing the drinks to Kansas City weddings, big and small, for the past 11 years. We value and care about every couple we work with and are taking precautions to ensure everyone can enjoy your wedding and reception, while still feeling comfortable.
Here are a few of our best practices you can expect:
- Guests receive a new cup for every new drink.
- Contactless tipping is available through Venmo.
- All bartending surfaces are cleaned and sanitized thoroughly at the beginning and end of each event.
7) Treat yourself to a few upgrades.
Okay, so this is not exactly everything you pictured. It's okay to be bummed. When the day gets here it will be perfect in every way, but sometimes it's hard to feel that way when you're planning a wedding in the midst of a pandemic. Instead of only thinking about what can't happen, start thinking about what can.
Maybe you weren't planning for an open bar, but now you can have an open bar for your smaller group or add a fancy signature drink. Meghan Spencer pointed out that a smaller wedding may mean there's extra time for a killer offsite photo shoot. With all of the stress, be sure to treat yourself to a few little upgrades that will make your wedding day special in new and unexpected ways.