Covid 19 has turned many couples wedding day into a nightmare. Some couples have postponed their wedding for a year or two, others have decided to have a smaller wedding, 10 people indoors (depending upon the size of the venue) or 25 outdoors. (these are the restrictions in London Ontario as of October 30, other cities and municipalities may vary) As the weather will be changing significantly over the next few month, indoor will be the place to be. Many communities have mandatory mask wearing if indoors and this includes weddings. The only times masks can be take off are for couples, while exchanging vows and guests when seated and eating or drinking. (Please check with your local health unit for their rules and any changes to these regulations)
Here are a few ways you can modify your wedding day to keep not only you, but your family and guests safe.
Avoid activities that have guests congregate, such as receiving line, registration book or photo booth. I know it is usual to hug and congratulate the happy couple and members of their family, but it is of utmost importance to do so at a distance for this time.
Photographers, Videographers and Officiants must keep a 6′ distance and wear a mask. Group photos should be limited to those in the same social circle, or have guests wear masks, even when taking pictures outdoors. (might prove a fun game later to identify your guests with their mask on!)
Singers/band/trio must perform behind a plexiglass barrier, other performers must be a minimum 6′ away from guests .
Each person that needs a microphone has to have their own. This applies to the officiant. You will also need a microphone for the couple if you want to hear their vows.
Place gift bags on the chair of the guests. Consider individual hand sanitizer and personalized masks as party favours.
Keep music volume low, so people don’t have to shout over each other, limit alcohol.
Guests must remain seated. They must also remain masked except when eating or drinking and only the couple and their parents may dance.
Family style and buffet meals are not permitted. Assign seating, keep social circles together, have less people per table. The caterer will serve each meal individually, and will usually have utensils pre-wrapped.
Create an online guest book, where people can share their wishes.
You will need a list of your guests, family, vendors and wedding party phone #’s for contact tracing by the health unit should someone be exposed to COVID 19.
These measures may seem extreme for some, but they are mandated by local health units based on scientific data. Let’s keep everyone safe and have a wonderful wedding day.