For those of us who were planning to tie the knot in 2020, it’s time to make a contingency plan. While this can be disappointing, it’s not the end of the world. After all, weddings are all about making it work! Just don’t forget to throw that party for your friends and family to celebrate with you when all this is over. Read on for our list of alternative wedding ideas if you’re getting married in this Covid-19 era:
You’re already keeping in touch with friends and family through Zoom, IG Live or Skype – why not live stream your wedding too? You could even get a professional videographer to do the job, and you just might be pleasantly surprised at the results. Your emotions will be captured even more clearly, and a professional will know exactly what to anticipate and when, which means your guests will get an up close and personal view of everything that’s going on. Just recently, this couple in Brunei did something similar! Take it to the next level by sending out invitations and getting food delivered to your “guests” so that everyone can enjoy a meal together and toast the newlyweds! Make sure you include your Zoom meeting number (or equivalent) in your invitations.
Since we’re all being told to stay home anyway, we might as well get married there! Besides, isn’t it kind of romantic to start married life literally at home with your beloved? If you need more space, you could think about renting an AirBnB with a backyard. Otherwise, keeping things simple at home with minimal décor and plenty of natural light is perfect. You’re not meant to have lots of guests anyway!
We’re all under strict orders not to have big gatherings indoors, so why not take it outside? An outdoor wedding would certainly allow for more guests, as long as everyone maintained social distancing. Keep things local, perhaps a neighbourhood park or a simple garden wedding, with just a handful of your closest friends witnessing from a safe distance away. It will mean so much for you to be able to see your loved ones cheering the both of you from afar, and for them to see you too!
No matter which option you choose, it’s best to keep your guest list as short as possible. If you’re not sure how to go about trimming the list, here’s a good guide. This is a great opportunity to think about who you really want to be a part of your wedding – with the exception of the elderly, of course. You could even do a short getaway with just both sets of parents (below), have a breakfast picnic with your (small) bridal party, or take a short drive or ferry ride to an island near you.
Or… you could totally elope! Do any of the ideas that we have suggested, just don’t tell anyone. Back in 2013, this couple did exactly that when they eloped in Vegas. If wedding planning is starting to stress you out, with its overflowing guest list and growing obligations, eloping could be the answer. When all this Covid-19 business is over, you’ll be able to have that wedding reception, knowing that you had this very private and special moment – just the two of you.