By modefor, Aug 19 2020 09:16AM
The following blog has been written by one of our amazing Mode for... creative team, Keri Graham.
Keri is a wedding planner, musician and book lover and has been right at the heart of the wedding industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But, even amongst the chaos, she has found some positives which she shares with you here...
2020 has been one heck of a year for the wedding industry, with only around 3 months of usual wedding trading allowed to take place.
But the good news is, you can still get married!
Now it seems we are (hopefully!) over the worst, current restrictions are that you can have up to 30 people attend a wedding ceremony. These numbers include the person conducting your ceremony and a photographer, so you can invite up to 25 of your nearest and dearest to join you.
I’m a Wedding Coordinator and personally, I love small, intimate weddings! There is so much more available time for you during the day to spend with your loved ones - although at a safe social distance at the moment!
So, why not make the most of a bad situation? At the end of the day, you’re still getting married and saying those important vows to each other, and that is the most important part of any wedding! Yes, you may not have everyone you wanted present, but you could always have a bigger ‘do’ to celebrate at a later date and invite all those that you weren’t able to.
Here’s a few little tips you can do to help make the most of your wedding at this time;
Personalised face masks
Instead of giving your guests traditional wedding favours, perhaps supply your guests with personalised face masks. They’re a great keepsake from your special day and they’ll be sure to use them! In England, face masks during wedding ceremonies have to be worn by guests, so you could have these waiting on their designated seats as they enter the ceremony room.
Video call loved ones
If there really is someone special that couldn’t make the day, arrange to video call the ceremony to them. We have some amazing technology with FaceTime & Zoom/Skype now, so this is an easy and free thing to arrange.
Get married later..….which means you get a lie in!
As there won’t be a reception or big group photographs to take, think about moving your ceremony to later in the day. This will give you time for those extra zzz’s and also, gives you plenty of time to get ready. This can really help calm and relax you on your wedding day, as you won’t have the hustle and bustle of a busy room full of people getting ready with you.
Enjoy a larger celebration at a later date
With the extra money you will be saving from having an intimate wedding, why not put this towards a bigger party to celebrate when you are able to. You can invite all the people you weren’t able to have attend the ceremony and can bring along your photo album for everyone to have a nosey at! This really does extend your wedding celebrations and gives you something to look forward to. But if that’s not your thing…..why not put the extra money towards an amazing honeymoon to start off your married lives!
Of course, for some couples, a smaller day is just not for them and that’s okay. Just please remember to postpone your day, not cancel, to help all the lovely suppliers in the wedding industry.
Keep up to date over on our Instragam @weddingsonthemind for more hints and tips to make sure you enjoy your wedding day stress free, whatever your guest numbers!