If there is something 2020 has taught us in the wedding industry, it’s guidelines for our health and safety have nothing romantic. Hand sanitizers, masks and long distance dancing are not part of the dream party every bride imagines. However, despite more and more people getting vaccinated, we still have to deal with restrictions and rules.
By the end of 2021, we may be able to have bigger events, but there are still a few precautions that are highly recommended if you expand your guest list. Although your risk can be reduced with the vaccine, the comfort and safety of guests remain a priority.
A month ago, a bride asked me, how could I help her enforce the rules, in an elegant way? I give you some suggestions.
Starts with the invitations
Alert your guests already from the invitation, they are asked to use masks, follow social distancing and various rules to prevent infection.
You’re anxious to have the wedding you’ve always dreamed of, I understand that, but there are a few things to keep in mind. For starters, even if your loved ones are fully vaccinated, there is still likely to be general discomfort that you shouldn’t ignore. Do not abandon caution, as we are slowly returning to normality.
Avoid buffets, increase tables, more “bar” points to avoid queues. People will also feel more comfortable with fewer people at each table.
Favor social distancing, many guests will continue to wear masks, vaccinated or not.
It is important to note health restrictions will continue to vary based on where the wedding is held. However, you should follow to the standard guidelines that have been established up to now, including face masks, social distancing, hand washing, etc … However, doesn’t mean you can’t put your own personal touch!
Use strategic points where to put sanitizing stations. You can make everything more chic with customizable template, like this in photo.
For example, a colorful graphic of a bar menu printed on plexiglass acrylic, help guests and serves to read the drinks available, and also as a barrier for the barman.
Whether you are in the early stages of planning your wedding or close to your “Yes, I do”, communication with guests will be crucial. While 2021 may be a little more predictable than last year, there will undoubtedly be details that will change in line with COVID regulations.
To make sure guests are always up to date, couples can do various things to let their guests know that they are doing everything they can to keep them safe. On the invitations, they can make an RSVP card asking if they will have the vaccine and / or ask to [receive] a negative COVID test 3 days before the wedding. They can also create a wedding website with a page dedicated to COVID updates and what they are doing to keep guests safe. Couples could also text all their guests, informing them what is expected of them on their wedding day and what they are doing to keep them safe.
One of the best things you can do as your upcoming wedding day approaches is to stay informed. Prioritize ever-changing guidelines and remember that while adding elegant touches to your wedding day is always possible, the comfort and safety of guests will ensure that the show continues!