Under normal circumstances, weddings are already hard and stressful enough to plan and organize.
At its heart, a wedding is the beautiful intersection of culture, family expectations, values, social status, and the couple’s individual ideals. That is why, for the most part, weddings are glorious and memorable milestones in a person’s life.
Over the spring and summer, a lot of weddings have been postponed and rescheduled because of the coronavirus. If before, you were afraid of an out-of-control uncle who had one drink too many, now the stakes are higher.
The most sensible thing to do is go the rescheduling route. However, if for personal reasons, time is of the essence and you wish to push through with it, then perhaps the following suggestions will help you make the most out of getting married in a pandemic.
8 Ways for You and Your Guests to Enjoy Your Pandemic Wedding
Secure your internet connection.
A lot of weddings have taken place online the past several months in different venues. Some took place at home, others in backyards, and some other notably unlikely places such as addiction recovery centers. If you decide to push through with your wedding at this time, you need to make sure you have a strong and stable internet connection, especially on your virtual big day.
Send out virtual invites.
Virtual invites are a lot more convenient to hand out and definitely a lot cheaper than a printed one. Add a QR code for your guests to scan which will give them the link to your online ceremony.
Ship out guest care packages.
Just because you’re having a virtual wedding doesn’t mean you can’t give your guests a tangible experience. Send out guest care packages before the big day. You can include simple wedding favors, non-perishable hors d’oeuvres, and a mini bottle of champagne.
Pick the right tracks for your wedding playlist.
What is a wedding without music? Make a playlist of tracks to play on your wedding day. Divide it into three categories — one for the ceremony, another for the cocktails, and lastly, some party music.
Set-up your background.
Take time to set up your background. Make sure that it is clean and clutter-free. Dress it up according to your theme or whichever you feel is appropriate for the ceremony.
Include your wedding’s signature cocktail recipe in the invitation.
To let your guests enjoy a more interactive livestream wedding experience, include the recipe for your cocktails along with the digital invite that you sent. This way, your guests can whip up their drinks and join you in your virtual toast.
Pop the champagne.
No wedding is complete without the celebratory champagne-popping. Just make sure you don’t get any of it on your digital devices.
Cut the cake.
Just like the popping of the champagne bottle, the cutting of the wedding cake is another must-do in any wedding. You may include a mini-cake that’s the same flavor as your wedding cake in your guest care package so that your guests may also enjoy the sweet treat with you.
These are just some of the ways you can liven up your virtual wedding and make it more interactive and experiential for your loved ones. Whether you choose to go with a simple online wedding or go all out with your gimmicks, the most important thing is you share this meaningful day with those close to you.