This COVID-19 Virus
I appreciate this is a very anxious and worrying time for everybody who is organising a special event, especially those getting married in the coming days and weeks.
The present health scare presents us with unprecedented challenges and unchartered waters. We need to work together across all sectors to implement World Health Organisation and HSE guidelines.
We need to find the best solutions through working together so life can continue as best as possible in this difficult situation.
SOME SMALL ADVICE:
Guests can be asked to give a personalized wave, rather than the usual hug and kiss at the wedding. Create your own personalized greeting for your wedding day; this can be described in your invitation or as a sign at your ceremony. It may be a good idea to
set up a wedding website for your wedding. Many wedding portals provide these services; it is a great place to give updates on what is happening as well to your guests.
Keep in contact with your bridal store as the majority of bridal wear is manufactured in China. If you have not yet chosen a wedding dress and your wedding is really soon, off the rail is a really good choice. My tip is to buy a dress that fits really well or buy a dress a size up and have it altered. Both of these options are great, as you then know you have your dress in the country.
Again, guys get your suits sooner rather than later.
HAIR AND MAKE:
This is very important to organize with your vendors or friends, that sponges, brushes etc. are sterilized. Ask if you can purchase new sponges, brushes etc. and keep them afterwards as a gift for yourself. I would ask hair and makeup artists to wear masks if possible. They work in a very close proximity to you and your party.
The typical shaking of hands or gesture of peace shaking hands should be removed from your ceremony or service. I would sit guests every second pew in a church to prevent close contact. In a civil or humanist ceremony situation, I would move the row seating about a meter apart. I would also look into using facetime and phones to share the service if you as a couple would like to share the ceremony to close family members who may not be able to attend.
Make a sign or write a poem on the ceremony booklet to give messages but also keep it fun!
“PLEASE SIT EVERY SECOND PEW ,
ONE FOR ME AND ONE FOR YOU
THOUGH OUR LOVE FOR YOU IS DEEP
OUR DISTANCE WE MUST KEEP
A KISS A HUG, WE MUST SAY NO!
A WAVE AND A SMILE IS OUR NEW HELLO!” Franc
If you are having a humanist or blessing ceremony and have the chance of doing it outside, this is a perfect location, surrounded by fresh air. The guidelines at present are under 100 guests for the service or for the venue inside to be safe.
I suggest no communion at the service, this may seem drastic but safety should come first. No gathering in queues to shake hands with the couple after the service. If the couple are not getting married onsite at their venue then I suggest letting the couple get into to their transport outside the ceremony. Then guests empty from the ceremony take pictures of the couple sitting in their transport having a drink. Then off the couple go with a sign in the back window see you back at …..venue all guests follow them to their venue by car.
Speak with your wedding hotel or venue. A lot of hotels have already action plans in place and have dealt with circumstances like foot and mouth epidemics in the past. The Hotels I have been to over the past few weeks have already put sanitizing action plans in place. In my experience remaining calm and cooperative will deliver the best results for you. Couples need to remember everybody from family to friends to properties want the best for them in these difficult times.
THE DRINKS RECEPTION OR COCKTAIL HOUR:
Ensure plenty of space and furniture for people to stay spread out at the drinks reception. If serving food, I suggest individual portions served, no buffet style offerings.
Speeches before dinner always work well. I would ask the best man to explain when toasting to the couple, not to clink glasses but raise their glasses to toast.
Another fun idea is if guests tap their own glasses with spoons anytime during dinner or speeches. Each time this happens on mass by everybody present the couple must stand up and kiss! It is a norwegian tradition that can be great fun.
LATE NIGHT FOOD:
Better to have individually portioned food again than buffets. bags of tayto maybe? I hope these few tips will help you couples out there at this difficult time to have a safe fun wedding. Please message me on instagram or facebook if I can be of any help
regards always Franc!
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