Couples all over the world are now navigating a new way to have their friends and families celebrate their weddings. Like you, other couples are making unprecedented decisions about how to host a wedding that is filled with celebration and happiness while keeping their guests feeling safe. Phew, that is a lot to take on, but know You Are Not Alone. Couples everywhere are dealing with the same scenario and it is proving to be challenging for everyone. However, on the bright side, wedding guests have never been more forgiving! Need to change your date? That’s fine. Need to limit your guest count? That’s fine. Need to have everyone wear masks that match your wedding colors? That might be too much, but it’s fine to ask. The point is that your guests are people that love and support you and your future spouse. It is okay to ask for what you need from your guests, your wedding party, your vendors, and your venue.
Mercantile Hall has put together 15 tips to help you navigate your nuptials post quarantine.
New Types of Seating Charts – Create A Type of Seating Chart: Quarantined Together, Sit Together.
You May Ask To Wear Masks – You are allowed to ask your venue, catering, florist,and DJ staff to wear masks during your wedding and during set up.
Please Celebrate From a Social Distance – It is alright to ask your guests to celebrate from afar. Follow the current CDC guidelines for those who might be in higher risks – See Link here.
COVID Response Cards – Send your invitations with a COVID Response Card -include a card that explains the venue’s guidelines or CDC guidelines for large gatherings (based on your anticipated RSVP count.) Post messaging on your wedding website, or email the info too. See Mercantile Hall’s Messaging on our COVID Plan Page.
Have a Face Time Attendant – Consider asking family members to serve as face time attendants to live stream with those who may not be able to travel to your wedding.” You could also host a private zoom call, or even go on social media live to share parts of your celebrations.
Use the Entire Space to Create Safe Distancing – When designing your venue layout consider spreading out the tables and potentially adding a second bar area. Consider having 8 per table or adding more tables to decrease space between your guests.
Plated Or Served?- Speak with your caterers about having the staff serve at the buffet or change your dinner to a plated option.
Decorate & Disinfect – Consider wearing gloves when decorating your tables so that everything remains sanitized.
Sharing is Not Always Caring – In your dressing suite- have your make up artist or stylist bring new make up or hair products, rather than re-using. Also, tell your wedding party to bring their own makeup, hair, and beauty items.
Design Hand Sanitizing Stations – When designing your wedding decor, include hand sanitizing stations throughout the venue. Talk to your venue about where they will have sanitizer out for your guests.
Re-think Desserts -Bakeries are now offering individually wrapped cookies, cakes, cupcakes and if you have already ordered a cake, ask if the staff could serve the cake to each person rather than having it out during the event.
Alternatives to a Signed Guestbook – Assign a friend to sanitize your pen or marker in between each person that is signing.
Ship to Home- Ask your guests to mail your gifts or cards directly to your home rather than having them bring them to the wedding.
Less Can Be More – It is okay to reduce your guest count if you are concerned with the size of the event. At this time people are more forgiving than ever.
Enjoy Your Day – This is a big day in your life but remember to enjoy the day. Everything won’t be exactly as you planned but make it special for you and your guests.
All in all, we know these are not the items you pinned to your wedding board but they are now part of our reality. Addressing these items and having a plan in place will put your mind at ease as well as your guests.