Lockdown Weddings: How To Celebrate Weddings During A Pandemic
Over the years, weddings are something to look forward to. A celebration of a union between lovers witnessed by family and friends. There have been many ways that people celebrate weddings. From the grandest and most elaborate, to the simplest and most intimate ones.
However, we are faced with a pandemic that forced us to make drastic changes in how we traditionally do things. With the current situation that the world is facing, the way we celebrate weddings is yet again being changed to fit into what is termed as the “new normal.” This situation is the unfamiliar reality that couples need to deal with. So, how do you celebrate weddings during a pandemic?
We Say “I Do” or We wait
Before even considering how you can celebrate a wedding during a pandemic, you first need to decide on the most significant factor, are you pushing through with the wedding or not? This decision will set the motion for what is going to happen next. You and your would-be-bride or groom need to really think this through.
Being caught off guard with this situation, like most people are, is definitely normal. However, you have the option to push through with the wedding or postpone it on a later date. Whatever you decide on, make sure that you communicate it with your family and friends, as well as your wedding coordinator so necessary arrangements can be made.
Pushing Through with the Planning and Celebration
Planning a wedding is already a challenging task. It is more challenging to re-plan the whole thing in order to abide by the protocols implemented during a pandemic. Nevertheless, the attitude you must keep is that everything can be figured out. It may be a challenge at first, but everything will eventually fall into place, and you will be able to pull it off, somehow.
- Contact your wedding planner (if there is one) - for those who have a wedding planner, once you have decided to push through with your wedding, the second best thing you must do is to get in touch with your wedding planner. For some who don’t have a wedding planner, what’s ahead may be more challenging, but again, relax because everything can be figured out.
Go over the new plans with your wedding planner and be open to any suggestions that they may give. It is also critical that you incorporate safety and strict sanitation protocols during the whole event. Although it is understandable that your wedding day is the most momentous day in your life, the last thing you want is for it to be a venue for the virus to spread.
- Talk to your team - If you have communicated your wishes to go on with your plans to proceed with the wedding with your wedding planner, this process can be dealt with easier. Together with your wedding planner, inform your suppliers of the changes to your initial wedding plans.
Talking with your venue and catering partners, photographers and videographers, as well as the musicians. Basically, everyone that is involved in your wedding should be informed of any changes to your initial plans. If deposits have been already made to your suppliers, the most appropriate thing you can do is revisit your contract and be honest with them regarding your plans.
Being honest and transparent with your wedding concerns, especially during a time like this will be a considerable help in order for your team to find solutions that would best fit your wishes.
- Everything about your guests - Since lockdown protocols are still in place, the concerns over gathering your guests will always be a concern. Your utmost priority should be everybody’s safety at all times. With that in mind, if you have made up your mind to proceed with your wedding, you may need to limit your guests to less than 10.
For some, this will be a challenge to do, however, you can consider having another celebration with a much more sizable crowd once things get better. If travel bans are still in place, guests that need to travel will most likely not be able to make it. For those who are within your local area, they may be able to make your list.
Another option that you can look into if you want to celebrate the moment with more guests than what is allowed, you can do this virtually. Innovations in our technology have evolved wonderfully to cater to times like this. Although your guests may not be able to be at your wedding physically, they can still be present and celebrate with you virtually.
- Focus on the things that matter most - Lastly, this pandemic may have ruined your initial plans, but you must focus on things that truly matter. Your wedding may be celebrated in the midst of a pandemic, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it the best way possible. Always keep an attitude of gratitude, so you can see this situation on a brighter and lighter perspective.
If You Decide To Postpone…
Canceling or postponing a wedding can be mentally, physically, and emotionally difficult for the bride and groom. However, with what is happening to the world because of this pandemic, it could also be the best decision some couples will make. This is to make sure that everybody is kept safe and that they can still somehow have the wedding they dreamed of.
- Keep everyone updated - If you decide on postponing your wedding to a later date, the most essential thing to do to keep everyone in the loop. That means informing your immediate family and friends, and more importantly, your wedding partners of any changes in your initial wedding plans.
- Get started the soonest - Once you have informed everyone of your new plans, the next thing you need to do is to get started as soon as possible. Many couples who have decided to postpone their weddings will look into setting it in the latter part of this year or most likely in 2021.
With that in mind, there will be, most likely, an influx of rescheduled wedding dates during those dates. You better have a good head start, so you can get the date you want.
- Be open and flexible - Postponing and rescheduling your wedding celebration does not mean everything will be back to normal. There might still be safety and sanitation protocols that you need to adhere to. In times of uncertainties, it is always better to have an open mind and be flexible in managing any situation.
Weddings are something that everyone is looking forward to. It is a celebration of love that is shared with loved ones, friends, and people that matter most in our lives. We may be facing a global pandemic, but we can always come up with new and creative ways to make memories that will last a lifetime.