Coronavirus wedding ideas ~ tips for small weddings
Small weddings, intimate weddings and even micro weddings seem to be the new buzz words when it comes to weddings! My recent couples have absolutely loved their smaller weddings. If you’ve decided you simply can’t wait and want to have a post quarantine wedding then my top 10 coronavirus wedding tips can help you have the perfect small wedding. At the time of writing this, the Government rules allow marriages and civil ceremonies with up to 30 guests. Receptions or celebrations can also go ahead with up to 30 guests and there is guidance about social distancing, how food is served and entertainment. I’ve captured several weddings that have taken place under the COVID wedding rules and have put together this handy list of hints and tips that I’ve seen and have picked up through talking to my couples. I hope you find my COVID wedding tips useful and have an amazing wedding!
Ideas for COVID weddings
- Ceremony space
- Live stream your ceremony
- Your day your way!
- Covid wedding decorations
- Personal touches
- Wedding flowers ~ bridal bouquet
- Reception catering
- Wedding cake
- More time for couple photos
- Do it yourself
1. Choosing your ceremony space
If you’re having a small wedding you’ll want to create an intimate space for your ceremony. You might have originally booked a large venue so speak to them about the best place to hold your ceremony that’s not too big but will also allow for social distancing. Seats can be arranged so that guests can be seated in their household ‘bubbles’. You might also like to consider an outdoor ceremony.
2. Live stream your ceremony
A wedding is always something to celebrate and having the most important people in your life around you can make a small wedding even more meaningful. Of course, you can still share the happiness with your wider circle. You’ve probably had to cut down your guest list quite considerably and there may be elderly relatives and guests from far flung places who can’t attend. Video link platforms like Zoom make it easy to live stream your ceremony to those people ~ recruit one of your tech-savvy guests to help set it up so you don’t have to think about it on the day. For special guests who can’t attend, you could send them a bottle of champagne and a wedding favour for them to enjoy whilst they watch you say “I do”. And whilst we’re talking technology, why not have a digital guest book where friends record a video message for you on the big day?
3. Your day your way
There are no rules! With a smaller wedding you might be less tied to a traditional structure of the day. If there’s something you’d like to do differently then why not? For example, one of my couples decided to have a ‘first look’ and see each other before the wedding. It was a lovely moment between the two of them (and me, of course!).
4. Covid wedding decorations
You’ve probably already chosen a colour scheme for your wedding and maybe a theme too. You can still decorate your venue to make you smaller covid wedding beautiful! It might be cheaper too because, for example, you won’t need as many chair sashes or table centre-pieces. Talk to your suppliers about what they can offer. We’re a very helpful bunch in the wedding industry and after a summer of no weddings, we’re all dying to get back to creating beautiful weddings albeit on a smaller scale!
5. Personal touches
With fewer guests at your intimate wedding, you can afford to splurge on some personalised wedding favours or keepsakes. At one of my coronavirus weddings, the bride and groom were told they each needed to bring their own pen for signing the register. The groom surprised his bride to be that morning with a gift of an engraved pen ~ a lovely way to remember their special date and the quirks of having a wedding during the pandemic!
6. Wedding flowers ~ bridal bouquet
If you’re having a small ceremony this year and are planning to hold a bigger celebration when the coronavirus wedding rules have been relaxed, then artificial flowers might be worth considering. The bouquet and buttonholes can be saved and it will save you buying flowers twice! The artificial bridal bouquets look so realistic these days that in your photos, you’d never know. And you’ll have your gorgeous bouquet as a keepsake!
7. Reception catering
Socially-distanced wedding receptions are likely to be here for a while. As the number of guests allowed increase, venues will be working hard to make sure everyone is safe. Looking on the positive side, this gives you an opportunity to be creative with your catering choices! You’ll want to avoid buffets and sharing platters so how about a food van where portions can be handed direct yo your guests? One of my couples opted for these individual picnic baskets that can be shared by guests in the same bubble.
8. Wedding cake
With fewer guests you can consider a smaller cake. Speak to your wedding cake supplier about scaling down your original design so that you can still keep the elements you love. If you still like the idea of a large, tiered cake, you could even have a ‘dummy’ layer ~ no one will ever know! If you would prefer guests to help themselves to individual portions then cupcakes are ideal or how about a doughnut wall (always popular!).
9. More time for couple photos
Some of the formal elements, like having a receiving line, will be cut from your day because of social distancing. This gives you more time to capture those relaxed couple shots. Take a stroll around the grounds of your venue and find the prettiest spots for your newlywed portraits.
10. Do it yourself
DIY weddings are becoming increasingly popular. The thought of hand-making 100 wedding favours or name cards may have been daunting but with a smaller wedding that becomes easier! Think about aspects of the decor that you could do yourself ~ it gives a personal touch and saves you money! For more tips check out my DIY weddings blog post!