Micro-weddings are this season's must-have. Yes. Thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, wedding celebrations have also had to adjust and change in 2020/2021. The happy couple can either postpone or play it safe; there are no other options. So what is a respectable and safe way to host a Covid-safe wedding?
The Texas wedding industry has seen celebrations during this time that include guests in masks, table assignments that only include family members, and even small, multiple dance floors. Can you imagine it? But on the bright side, wedding planning of micro-weddings does allow for a lower budget, smaller guest list, and more creative freedom.
Let's take a look at some wedding planning tips on how to host a Covid-safe wedding:
Keep it Small
Keep your guest list small or appropriately small in terms of what your Texas wedding venue can handle. So, is the venue big or small, indoors or outdoors, how many people can it usually host? Once you know these details, consider what a safe amount of people will be.
A large, open air space is the ideal venue. The reason being, the risk of transmission is said to be 18 times higher indoors. If you have to choose an inside venue, ensure there is a lot of ventilation. Find out how many doors and windows there are, and if they can all be opened?
Keep it Short
Rather than starting early in the afternoon and going on till after midnight, consider a shorter ceremony followed by a reception that is only a couple hours long. This will cut down any possible length of exposure time.
Keep a Distance
For your ceremony, ask family members to sit together and guests to leave open spaces between those not from the same household. Don't fill up each seat at a table, leave a seat's space between non-family members and others. Ask guests to try and stay at their tables and not hang around in big groups. Having wait staff serving the food, with a clear Covid-strict policy is best. But if you opt for a buffet, place markings on the floor to show an appropriate distance while lining up.
Make an Announcement
Start with your invitation. Let your guests know what to expect with a brief list of rules for the big day. And make sure to stress the importance of staying home if guests feel unwell before the event.
If at all possible, skip the dancing. People dancing closely and singing along can be a super spreader. If you really can't imagine your Texas wedding without a boogie, then opt for smaller, separate dance floors, or keep to couples only dancing - not in big groups. The dance floor must be outdoors and rather tend towards slower songs if possible.
Limit the Alcohol
The issue with an open bar is that consuming a lot of alcohol encourages poor decision-making. This means you will likely see everyone becoming a little looser with the Covid-safe rules as the evening progresses. Instead, perhaps consider offering one or two drinks per guest.
Fun Covid-Safe Wedding Elements
- Tag everyone's glasses: Find a decorative way to add name tags to everyone's glass; this will stop any inadvertent glass swapping.
- Creative cocktails: Offer a signature cocktail or two as the only alcohol on the day. Keep to your theme, and make it fun.
- Sanitizer as gifts or table decor: Have personalized, homemade labels made and added to hand sanitizer bottles and give them as gifts or have them on the table for use throughout the event.
- Hugs and kisses signs: As family members and old friends reunite, a wedding is usually a place for many hugs and kisses. Why not have fun with the fact that this is now out of the question? Make paddles that show a sign for hugs and kisses that your guests can hold up to show their sentiment and emotion while avoiding getting up close and personal.
Sure. A wedding during the pandemic is far from ideal and may not be exactly what you had in mind, but with innovative wedding planning it can still be fun, beautiful, and memorable. Remember what it's all about—a couple making a commitment to one another and celebrating this together with friends and family.
Visit Hollow Hill
For a Texas wedding venue that offers Covid-safe wedding practices and rustic elegance, come to Hollow Hill. Hollow Hill is one of the most unique wedding venues in Fort Worth, Texas, offering beauty and charm. We have a unique outdoor barn-style wedding venue in Weatherford, TX and the wedding venue has a lot to offer.
If wedding planning isn't your strong suit, the staff are ready to help the bride and groom plan their perfect event. Schedule a tour to see our Weatherford wedding venues in-person or virtually, and we can start planning a Covid-safe wedding for you. For more information, go to www.hollowhilleventcenter.com.