We have now done a fair few ‘Social Distance’ wedding celebrations that we feel able to advise on a few Do’s and Don’ts if you are planning a wedding under current restrictions.
All the below is our own opinion and are relevant for current restrictions.
Still buy that Wedding Dress of your Dreams – that dress is to make YOU feel and look good. Even though you may not have all your guests there, you will feel better and also everyone will see all the photos and videos afterwards.
Book a Photographer/Videographer – This is probably our biggest ‘Do’ and can’t stress enough. If you had already found a perfect Photographer, still use them. Let’s face it, apart from group shots, the photos will be similar to if you had a larger wedding. The memories, of course will still be there forever.
Ensure all your guests are aware of the current restrictions – Yes, you don’t want to be like a school teacher, but it is really important to emphasise to everyone attending the restrictions that are in place and that they MUST follow these. Don’t forget a £10k fine could land on YOUR doorstep if they don’t.
Take advice from your venue and other suppliers – This is always something we recommend as they have the knowledge and experience to guide you.
Still have Speeches – If you were planning to have speeches, still have them. The people making speeches will likely be attending so why not ?
Think about entertainment – Our Covid Friendly Package is ideal (well, we have to say that haha), but don’t rule out Musicians, Caricaturists and Magicians who are all able to work whilst following current guidelines.
Wipe from your memory that you are holding a small restricted Wedding – Having a more intimate wedding isn’t a negative, but can be a huge positive if you have the right outlook.
Think outside the box – Don’t be drawn into the ‘you should do xyz’ instead think about what you would like. For example a relaxing afternoon tea may be more suitable than a meal.
Don’t look at the cost per person – If you were budgeting on the cost per head it will be worth changing. The cost per head will be higher, however your total budget will likely be lower than originally planned
Drag things out – This is something we always say, no matter what. Without dancing, singing etc the evening may be harder to keep people entertained. We offer our services for 5 hours and seems the perfect length of time. It means everyone has a great time, without clock watching. Finishing by around 7pm is advised – which also helps to maintain social distancing etc.
Offend Suppliers – Yes, we are really short of work at present but please do not offend. We had a phone call from someone offering us an insulting figure to supply services for his wedding followed by ‘because we know you will be desperate’. Many suppliers have special offers etc at the moment, but we still do have costs to cover.
Think Social Distancing rules will be ignored – simply, they will not. Venues and suppliers have far too much to lose to ignore these, plus YOU will be liable for any fines.
Forget about those you cannot invite – If you are having favours, give everyone you would invite a favour still. Our FunFotoz screen is the perfect way for people to share photos and pass on best wishes from home, then you can share all these afterwards. Maybe ask your photographer for any ideas, you will be surprised what they might think of.
Forget WHY you are getting married – The 2 of you will have a lifetime together, your wedding is the start of the journey.
The above is just a little bit guidance we have pulled together, but do not forget, contact us, or any of your suppliers for any advice or ideas – you will be amazed what we can think of.