HOW TO PLAN A WEDDING DURING THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN
Brides, we’ve (potentially, maybe, could have) made it out of the worst of lockdown! It’s time to celebrate love once again!
The last few months have been tough for all, and we’ve felt heartbroken for all the brides who had to postpone their dreams. Now with regulations easing, brides-to-be’s are faced with another choice- postpone their wedding and its original vision to 2021, or get married in the upcoming months by adapting and defining a new celebration that’s full of imagination and inventiveness.
So, while the circumstances are not yet ideal, for those brides looking to getting married in 2020 or early 2021 there is plenty of opportunity to get creative with the constraints and create a truly magical socially distant wedding.
Here are our top tips on how to plan a socially distant wedding
COVID WEDDING REGULATIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Currently, weddings are allowed in South Africa but have a limitation of 50 people including the wait staff, or if you’re having a backyard or informal wedding at a private residence, the limit is 10 people. If you’re planning on going ahead with your wedding, it’s key to embrace a ‘less is more’ approach to your dream day.
Make sure to chat to your vendors once you know that you’re proceeding and discuss what their regulations and policies are like. Many industry suppliers have had to shift their planning and servicing too, so make sure you consider any conditions or delays that they may have.
Create a Covid-19 checklist
It’s going to be vital to incorporate the safety protocols of Covid-19 into your planning. Ensure that you plan for items such as masks, personal sanitizers, as well as the accompanying documentation and temperature checks at venues. Remember, a lot of people have differing levels of comfort and ideas on what socially distancing means, so make sure that you understand what your expectations are so you can communicate these clearly to guests.
SOCIALLY DISTANT WEDDING IDEAS
Colour Code your Comfort
This must be our favourite idea for encouraging a socially distant wedding! Let your guests indicate their comfort with other people by adopting a colour code system, and let them, literally, read the room. You can incorporate this idea into various features of your wedding- a bangle, pin, or mask.
Provide a Personal COVID care pack
Inside, you can include small items such as a pen, hand sanitizer, a custom mask (with matching wedding theme), as well as their wedding favours.
Create Safe Spaces
Try creating pockets or unique spaces that can accommodate smaller groups, instead of the traditional horseshoe or pew layout. Make use of separate tables or utilise ‘soft seating’ with items such as floor cushions, occasion chairs, ottomans and couches.
Ditch the Buffet
In our experience, where’s there’s food, there’s people! Going plated is the simplest way to minimise any risks of contamination. Many venues are only offering plated dinners currently, so make sure to find out what your venue is offering.
FIND YOUR WEDDING DRESS
If you’ve decided to make the most of Summer 2020 and are ready to find your dream dress, we have over 150 styles available, with many styles ready to leave with you. Love it and leave with it! Gather the girls and start creating your bridal vision with our range of bridesmaids dresses!
- You can book a FREE virtual appointment – https://brideandco.co.za/virtual-appointments/
Once we have received your booking request, one of our Bride&Co stylists will give you a call to set up your appointment based on your availability. You will receive a 1 hour personalized virtual session to identify your needs, styles and receive advice based on your needs. Our virtual appointments are done in the comfort of your home via a Zoom call and can be attended by you and any of your bridesmaids/family members.
- You can book a FREE in-store appointment– https://brideandco.co.za/book-your-free-fitting/
Our stores are currently operating under strict health conditions. When visiting any of our open branches, our couples are advised to attend their booking with one additional person i.e. Bride & Groom or Bride & 1 Bridesmaids. All our products and fitting room are regularly sanitized accordance to hygiene standards before and after every appointment.
For more on the Appointment Process, click here
Stay Updated about the Coronavirus
We are working on keeping you up-to-date with all the guidelines to use during your lockdown wedding planning. Keep an eye out on all the developments about the outbreak by following World Health Organization and the SA Coronavirus website
We will be updating this article as we learn more.