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Tips for handling coronavirus (COVID-19) at your wedding

March 14, 2020

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How To Have a Successful Wedding during Coronavirus Outbreak | Texas Wedding Photographer

As you are well aware, COVID-19 is taking the world by storm and canceling gatherings all over America. Unfortunately, Weddings are not immune, but if you’re in an area where you are still able to hold your wedding, here are some tips to make it as safe as possible for everyone involved.

PS my degree is in Nursing, believe it or not, so I’m glad I can intertwine my love for people, hand hygiene, and photography all into one post! 

 

1. Sanitation Stations

Ask your venue to provide sanitation stations at every entrance, The beginning of buffet lines, and the dance floor.

Also ask them to sanitize your reception space and ceremony chairs–Especially if there was an event the day before yours. *Purell is hard to come by right now, so your venue might not have access to these things. But it doesn’t hurt to ask!

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Fun fact: the sun naturally sanitizes things with its UV rays! So if your ceremony is in full sun there is no need to sanitize those chairs.

2. Contact the RSVP’s

Get a final headcount. A week before your wedding round up your friends and family to reach out to every guest who RSVP’d that they would attend to make sure their answers are still the same. Things change so rapidly as the virus spreads; they might be taking extra precautions or unable to make it to the wedding. Assure them that it’s okay for them to stay home, especially if they’re over 60.

3. Live Stream

Add live streaming to your wedding for guests who can’t make it! This would be something to add to your conversations over phone calls and texts when you’re checking on a guest’s RSVP so they know they can still watch from home.

4. Contact Vendors

Once you have a better idea of who’s coming to your wedding contact your venue and caterers (having a wedding planner comes in HANDY!) and let them know your number changes. Venues are often in charge of setting up tables for your seating layout, and obviously caterers need to know so they can bring the right amount of food and have less go to waste.

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5. The Seating Chart

While you’re finalizing the seating arrangement for your reception, seat less guests per table so there is a little more distance for each person. And if you have the room, make sure there are extra tables so your guests can really spread out. Covid-19 is a contact virus but can easily spread through a cough, sneeze, or laugh. So the more space the merrier.

6. Plated Dinners > Buffet Lines

Consider having your meal plated and served. Buffets are great but can also be a pit of germs. Have you seen the scene in Vegas Vacation with uncle Eddie? 😂(If your budget doesn’t allow for plated dinners have someone is at the beginning of the buffet line making sure every guest gets a pump of hand sanitizer).

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7. Wedding Insurance

If your wedding is coming up but still 14+ days out you might be able to get wedding insurance coverage in case of mandatory bans of gatherings or quarantines. I found this article helpful.

8. Leave room for love

Try to avoid hugging, especially those who are over 60. You could unknowingly be carrying covid-19 (or the flu) to them. I know this is hard in the South because we are a bunch of HUGGERS, but when you’re giving your couples toast at dinner let tell them how much you appreciate them being there and let them know you’ll be first-bumping, peace-signing, or elbowing them later ✌️

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9. Wrap up early

Consider wrapping up your reception a couple of hours early. I know some of you have been looking forward to your crazy dance party, but the more alcohol your guests consume, the more germs fly!

10. Bouquet Sanitizers

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Attach a travel-sized hand sanitizer bottle to the back stems of the bouquets! Have the guys put theirs in their inner coat pocket. We don’t need any pant bulges in your wedding photos. 😂You can buy Travel-sized bottles and fill them with Hand sanitizer (one of your bridesmaids or parents is BOUND to have one of those gigantic bottles of hand sanitizer)

11. Sanitizer Games

Get creative. Every time someone says the word “wedding” or “ceremony” everyone gets a pump of hand sanitizer. I’m sure you can come up with more games like this!

 

Be sure to share this post with your friends and family here or on Instagram and Facebook! Especially if you know someone getting married in these trying times.

 

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xoxo, Allison

 Allison Jeffers is a photographer and educator serving sweet couples and helping other creative entrepreneurs reach their goals. She specializes in wedding photography, elopements, and proposals as well as Bridal and Engagement portraits in Texas. She is available for travel worldwide and has her passport ready!

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