If you were planning on getting married in 2020, or even in 2021, you’ve likely been feeling a lot of stress and anxiety about how your event, and your life, will come together. But while you might not like the idea of having to make sacrifices and compromises, this is something that you’ll likely have to cope with for the next few wedding seasons. So to help you in doing this, here are three things to consider before your coronavirus-era wedding.
How Your Event Will Impact Your Guests
Although your wedding day is supposed to be all about you and your future spouse, during this global pandemic, you’re going to need to look outside of yourselves and really think about how your choices could impact the lives of your guests.
According to Jenn Sinrich and Anna Price Olson, contributors to Brides.com, it would be considerate of you to think about how your wedding events will impact people’s time, finances, and their health. Because all of those things can be in short supply for those that you’d like to have at your wedding, especially grandparents who may be living in assisted living communities, you should try your best to create an environment where everyone can feel safe. But to do this, you’ll likely need to make some changes.
The Best Way To Pare Down
For many people, the most obvious way to make changes to their wedding that will increase the safety of everyone involved is to pare things down and go with something smaller and more intimate. This could mean having your ceremony at home with only a few guests. Still, Ashley Fetters, a contributor to The Atlantic, shares that people can attend virtually. Then, once the threat of COVID-19 is diminished, you can hold a larger event to celebrate with everyone that couldn’t make it to the ceremony.
Opt For An Outdoor Event
Another option that you might want to consider, especially as states start opening up more and allowing more people to gather together, is to hold an outdoor event. By choosing to move your wedding outside, you’ll have better airflow, which can make it harder for the norovirus to spread. Additionally, you may find it easier to put more distance between people with an outdoor venue.
However, Daniel Bortz, a contributor to the New York Times, reminds us that an outdoor wedding won’t necessarily be easier or less expensive to pull off, since you’re likely going to have to start from scratch with creating your wedding venue. But if it allows you to celebrate your union with the people you care about, it could be well worth it to you.
If you’re going to be getting married in the time of coronavirus, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you plan and prepare for your wedding events and festivities.