There’s a lot to think about when planning your big day let alone planning your wedding during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time in forever every bride and groom to be is sharing the exact same thoughts – wondering what they should do. Do they prepare and plan for their wedding day or postpone as either way their wedding will be affected.
However, no matter how big a problem COVID-19 is, it has certainly not stopped couples from promising to spend a lifetime with each other. If you are one of the couples who choose not to let a pandemic stand in the way of your wedding, here are the most important things you have to consider:
Know the regulations of what you can and can’t do. Plan for something small that can be upscaled. Right now according to the guidelines released by the government of New South Wales, weddings that will be held during COVID-19 are still subject to the 4-square metre rule. This will determine how many people can be in an area at once.
So when planning for your wedding, you first need to know the area of your venue in square metres. After, divide that by 4. The answer will be the maximum number of people you are allowed to invite. For example, for a 200-square metre location, there should only be 50 guests.
Downsizing your wedding guest list. You can have a small wedding and make it ultra personal plus you can always live stream your wedding on Facebook or Zoom for guests who can’t attend. This has become incredibly popular and still has everyone involved.
The maximum number of people allowed at wedding receptions and ceremonies is 150 people or 1 person per 4-square metres, whichever is lesser.
Social distancing which sucks! Everyone is not liking the idea of social distancing and let’s be honest when you have a crowd of people celebrating a marriage it’s probably not going to happen. The limitations on guests and the 4-metre rule are to encourage physical distancing. So at your event, you may need to remind your friends and families to stay at least 1.5 metres away from each other. This means that you may not get to hug, hold hands, or even talk too closely with some of your guests. While this is rather difficult, especially when you’re happy, it’s an important part of preventing the spread of the virus.
To help ensure you follow social distancing at your wedding, consider other ways on how people can offer you their congratulations that don’t involve being too close to each other. Smoke or confetti launchers are a great way!
Who’s who on the registration. The new COVID-19 compliance measures for weddings, which were effective on July 24, states that all attendees of a wedding need to provide their name and contact details for contact tracing purposes. Don’t forget to keep a record of your caterers, wedding photographer, and other vendors present on your big day too.
Additionally, a wedding in NSW should be registered as a COVID Safe Business. This means that you need to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place to make sure your guests will be protected.
So when planning your wedding, make sure to inform your guests that they should only attend if they are feeling well. You should also reconsider inviting the elderly, immuno-compromise individuals, and people from areas with high COVID-19 transmission. As an alternative, you can ask them to join your wedding virtually.
If you will have a guest book, part of your COVID Plan should also include a means on how to sanitize shared pens or ask guests to bring their pen. Consider also thinking of alternatives for your gifts like direct deliveries, online gift registries, or even electronic fund transfers.
Singing and dancing are usual in weddings. They make it more enjoyable, fun, and entertaining. However, with the COVID-19, there are bound to be a lot of changes. For one, only the couple is allowed on the dance floor. I don’t know about you, but tiktok sounds like a great place to start practising those dance moves!
Additionally, you should consider avoiding bands and opt for dj styled music. Even a solo singer or a person playing a wind instrument can quickly spread the virus. However, if you are set into having a performer at your wedding, make sure that there are protocols in place. For example, keeping the singer at least 3 metres away from your guests.
Indeed, planning and going through a wedding during COVID-19 is difficult with all the restrictions in place. But if this was to be your first challenge as a married couple, then you’ve already proven one thing: you are there for each other for better or for worse.
Who knows, maybe next year instead of looking for a wedding photographer, you might need a newborn photographer. Hopefully, by then, the COVID-19 is gone for good.