Despite the obvious challenges we face in dealing with a pandemic, there are indisputably, silver linings…could your wedding be one of them? You might think you’re getting a raw deal – your vision of filling an elaborate reception hall with friends and family from all walks of life has been replaced with images of a much more simple affair (aka micro wedding), paling in comparison to what you had been planning in your mind for months, maybe even years.
But here’s the thing about love: it perseveres and ultimately wins regardless of whether fantasies play out as planned or have to be adjusted. Countless couples have contacted me over the last few months in search of a to officiate their not-so-exciting Covid wedding. At least that’s their mindset when they initially reach out. Fast forward to their wedding day and they’re singing a different tune. Over and over, couples tell me how happy they are that their original wedding plans were overturned in exchange for what they thought was a stroke of bad luck, but turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
If you’re considering shelving your grandiose wedding plans, my advice is do it. Hands down. You can always have a big reception when circumstances allow, but chances are, you will be so happy with a scaled down version of your plans, you may decide to pocket the money and put a down payment on your first house.
There are four key points you need to consider when shifting gears in favor of a Covid wedding:
Get Creative…If you simply can’t imagine having a wedding without 200 of your closest friends, you will need to get creative. Consider enlisting the help of technology and stage a virtual wedding ceremony. is the common theme of 2020 weddings. It’s a fantastic way to loop a large crowd into your wedding ceremony without shelling out thousands of dollars on an open bar. At one wedding I officiated, they took the Zoom concept a step further and selected a few important viewers to participate in the ceremony by reading passages and poems that held special meaning for them. Another wedding couple lined up a full day of receptions at different venues. They assigned guests a time and venue, making sure each gathering was no larger than guidelines set by the state. They enjoyed a day of venue hopping and were able to celebrate with all their friends and family – just not under one roof.
Style ….The number one question to ask yourself when planning a Covid wedding is, how can I make this day really special? The intimate nature of smaller weddings allow the addition of unique elements not conducive to a larger gathering. Perhaps you can splurge on a. But what will really set your wedding apart is your wedding ceremony. This often overlooked component to weddings is, perhaps, the most important. Steer clear of clichéd phrases and cookie cutter services. Make the ceremony about you – how you met, what makes your relationship special – add your favorite quote or reading – and, of course, the centerpiece of all ceremonies – write your own to each other. If writing your own ceremony or personal vows sends you running for the hills, I’ve got you covered. to turn your thoughts, feelings, and hopes for the future into a ceremony your guests will never forget. What better way to celebrate your love for each other and make your Covid wedding a silver lining?for everyone to enjoy. Or maybe you can now afford a fun party favor – like