The bride, looking stunning in her white dress, is walking slowly towards the aisle. The groom is waiting patiently on the altar, with joyful tears in his eyes. Friends and family are there to witness this once in a lifetime event. All eyes on the beautiful bride. Is this how you imagined your wedding?
But the pandemic happened. Who would have thought that you’ll be needing to wear a mask as part of your wedding outfit? And with virtual guests?
Newly-engaged couples are currently faced with a big decision – should they postpone or push through with their wedding? There are so many things that need to be considered. Whatever the decision may be, below are some advice that you might want to check out:
1. Go back to your vision as a couple.
Discuss with your partner. What is your vision for your wedding? Some couples have dreamt about this day for so long. So if they are not in a rush, they can choose to postpone it for now and achieve the wedding that they have in mind. For other couples, they don’t want to be hindered by anything and just want to start their life together. The decision still depends on the couple; besides, their love should conquer anything.
2. Conduct plannings through virtual meetings.
If pushing through with the wedding, it would be best to practice safety measures and, as much as possible, avoid physical contact with other people. This is where technology can be of big help. Conduct your meetings with suppliers through video calls.
3. Keep the ceremony small and intimate.
This is for the interest of everyone’s safety – not just the couple but also friends, family, and suppliers. It would be more feasible to practice social distancing with a limited number of guests. Also, given all the restrictions due to the pandemic, a small ceremony would be easier to plan and manage. Don’t fret as you can still do a bigger celebration when the situation gets better.
4. Livestream the ceremony.
Thanks again to technology, we are able to do things we didn’t even imagine to be part of our normal life. During weddings, some relatives from out of town travel far just to attend. Given the pandemic, we do not want to risk their health in traveling. There are a lot of live streaming technologies that you can use so all the important people can still witness your big day even if they are away.
5. Explore having drive-by greetings.
We’ve seen this in some weddings during the pandemic. Friends, while inside a car, pass by the church to say their best wishes to the newly-wed couple. Some even wear their wedding outfits and bring a glass of champagne. Nothing can stop them from celebrating love! This might be an unusual practice but it is really heartwarming to see these people become part of your special day – even while practicing social distancing.
6. Celebrate (virtually) with friends and family.
From the drive-by greetings, continue the celebration through a video conference call with your friends and family. To make the guests feel like they are really in the wedding reception, you can send packages to their homes. How about a bottle of wine and a charcuterie board?
No one can tell when this pandemic will be over. And in this time of uncertainty, what’s important is that you are both certain about your feelings and your intention of marrying each other. As the saying goes, love conquers all.