You and your future spouse have likely been planning your wedding for months. However, the recent pandemic means that you’ll have to make some major changes to your big day. However, adjusting the details of your wedding day doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. This can be a chance for you and your fiance to be creative when it comes to making your wedding day one to remember.
You Can Reduce Your Guest List
Whether you decide to have your wedding at a local park or garden or choose to invite your friends and family to a virtual ceremony, you’ll have to cut down your guest list significantly. Even if you’re having a wedding that involves in-person guests, your wedding party, family, and friends will have to be at least six feet apart and everyone should wear a mask that covers their mouths and noses.
This means if you originally planned to have more than around 25 people at your ceremony and your venue doesn’t allow for people to socially distance, you’ll have to change the venue as well. While this may be a disappointment, keep in mind that you’ll likely get your money back for the venue you’ve reserved. Since your guest list will be much smaller, you won’t have to worry about paying for guests to eat at the reception.
A virtual ceremony means you won’t have a traditional guest list at all. You can use a streaming service to invite your friends and loved ones so they can witness you and your fiance exchange vows. This ensures that everyone at your virtual wedding is practicing social distancing. An online wedding ceremony also gives you more peace of mind since you won’t have to worry about whether everyone is properly wearing their mask.
You Can Wear Non-Traditional Clothing
If you and your fiance are getting married during the pandemic, you won’t have to worry about spending thousands of dollars on a wedding dress, tuxedos, and dresses for the bridesmaids and flower girls. You can still stick to your color scheme if you’re having a socially distanced wedding or you and your spouse can wear clothing pieces in your original wedding colors.
Again, you may have had your heart set on wearing your dream wedding dress, but think about all the money you’ll save. You probably won’t want to spend money on an elaborate dress or reception outfit if your guest list is much smaller than you anticipated.
You Can Take Advantage of Technology
A COVID-19 wedding is a wonderful way to take advantage of your technology. Add a comment section to your virtual wedding site so your friends and loved ones can send you their good wishes and loving messages in real-time. You and your spouse can take pictures before the wedding date and display the photos in a slideshow as you exchange vows to make the occasion visually appealing.
Search for local photographers who can capture the personalities of you and your spouse. For instance, if you and your fiance met in the Chicago area, find Chicago wedding photographers who can take photos of you and your fiance near popular city landmarks. This is also a practical way to employ a creative professional in the city who is likely suffering financially from the pandemic.
For the reception, take advantage of Zoom or another video conferencing app so you can talk to your relatives and friends and receive virtual gifts like greeting cards or gift cards so you can enjoy some of the traditional aspects of your wedding day in a new way.
You Can Have a More Elaborate Honeymoon (or Savings Account)
If you decide to go through with your wedding during the pandemic, you’ll likely save lots of money on the venue, your clothing, decorations, and flower arrangements. This means you can have a more elaborate honeymoon once it’s safe to travel.
If your original honeymoon was only three days long, you may have enough funds from your adjusted wedding plans to add a few more days onto your vacation. Or, you can use the money you’ve saved on your wedding plans to add to your savings account. The additional funds could make it easier for you and your spouse to carry out your future plans of getting a new home or automobile as you start your life together.
Keep these tips in mind if you’re planning your nuptials during the pandemic. None of us could have fully prepared for these major changes, but you and your spouse can make the best of it and look back on your special day fondly in the years to come.