Updated: Apr 19
There is an upside and a downside.
Let's face it, 2020 sucks when it comes to wedding plans. There are so many restrictions and fears that it seems best to reschedule the whole thing for early next year. For many that has been the best choice although many months of planning for that perfect date has blown away like a bad sneeze, and the new problem is, trying to find a new date at the same backed up venue location that you were fortunate to get before the outbreak took place. And forget traveling abroad to pickup that dress you wanted to try on so badly to see how much pounds you need to shed to make it fit! Yup, this one is a wedding bummer!
Seems like there is no upside to it all right? Well unless your unwilling to make some drastic chances the aren't! But the good news is there may be a way to keep your date with some major tweeks. So here it goes.
Know your allowances.
As of recent all gathering over 10 persons are prohibited, so first off we have to think small. Let's go bear bone here. Who is needed. Well the officiant (1) the bride and groom (2,3) two witnesses (4,5) someone to capture the memories (6) and 4 of your besties. Okay you have your list of physical guest. You can think of it as your royal wedding going viral because all your friends and family will attend your wedding virtually. Besides capturing your wedding day on film and creating the prefect moments leading up to your relaxed non-stressful wedding moments, (okay, that's impossible during a pandemic!) Your ceremony can be streamed live on a public or private social media platform. With multiple views, you can have all the love from your loved ones shared.
Select your location.
Beaches are great but currently, most beaches around the world are closed. So what's a viable alternative if you want that cool waterside look and feel? Find a friend who has a good pool deck you can use. A pool side wedding is a great location for a relaxed or elegant design when setting up your small wedding venue.
Parks are closed for events, but a back yard can be ideal and beautiful. Seek out some homes in your community that wouldn't mind renting out their backyard for your wedding event. With the economy as it is, I'm sure most will be happy to oblige.
Churches are a hotspot for unnecessary attention right now, and not the safest when it comes to picking up viruses unfortunately, but a well decorated home is both different, safe and adequate. It's time to think outside the box!
Your home may be the perfect place for your small wedding. If you prefer not to use your home, rent a vacation home or cottage for a day or weekend.
Your designers can go to the venue location of your choice to setup and pull down at specific times, not to cross up with your scheduled event.
At this point There is actually no need for a sound system set up at your event. Your wedding film crew should have you miked up for the best possible audio capture.
Gathering your team
Locating an officiant that can work your wedding while adhering to the laws of your area should be easy. To keep your moment special it would be good to use your local ministers that knows you well, that way you can be sure that they will say something meaningful to you both. Not that someone that dosen't know you cannot do the same, but rather than a generic speech the officiant will lend real dialog to your wedding and your wedding film.
The best man and maid of honor should be key players that will also lend to a huge part of telling your story. The story can be about you as a couple or as individuals. But it should be told from their prospective. Make sure they prepare this weeks or even month's in advance. Do not leave this for a last minute or impromptu dialogue the day of. This will give them time to go over it a bit and tweek where needed with time to spear When filming your wedding remember, dialog is key. With that said, take the time to put in words all that your expected love means to you. Do the work and write your vows, I cannot tell you how hard it is to build a wedding film with no story. Dialog is key! Along with the vows you should make a small love note for your betrothed to add to your love story. You can write a love note or use your cell phone to videotape a message with a kiss. However you do it, is up to you. Again, dialog is key! Make it special, but most of all. Make it happen.
Your 4 guest may have to draw straws if you have a difficult time selecting them. The downside is everyone is going to want to be there but you can only select four.
Be sure to find those matching face masks for the bridal party, and have plenty hand sanitizer on hand. You will not likely have a reception, but a small get together with a few friends keeping socially distant while sharing the same space.
You may want to rent 5 tables to seat couples separately and self serve one couple at a time. Another option is to hire a caterer to prepare plates. Because there will be only a few guest, the caterer can leave directly after serving guest is done, whether it's a three course meal or a single plate. In keeping safe, it's best to keep numbers down as soon as ppssible.
There will be delays in receiving your enlargements but video delivery can be done online and your photo gallery can also be delivered without delay. If it were me I would wait until the passing of this pandemic, but for those of you that just don't want to wait this may be a good option to consider.
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