Planning a wedding at any time is a rollercoaster ride of excitement. A few nervous turns and all the mega highs you can dream of, but planning a wedding during a global pandemic has certainly added a few unexpected bumps along the way. But, fear not, weddings post Covid, are no less wonderful, they just take a little extra planning and consideration and we are going to share some tips to help create your wedding, your way…safely!
For the thousands of couples that have had to postpone their weddings, we are all excited to finally be allowed to celebrate with family and friends. As we continue along this less than smooth ride out of lockdown, we remain cautiously optimistic that things are going to return to normal, albeit a slightly modified norm.
WEDDING SAFETY (DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME – THE POLICE)
We all know this virus isn’t going to just magically disappear, but with a few jabs, some comical face masks and a test or two we are learning to live with it. As a responsible venue, we want to do everything we can to ensure the wellbeing of our guests and have put a number of measures in place. We like to call it ‘subtle safety’, no massive signs and luminous sanitising stations, just tasteful bits dotted around so you know we are taking care of you.
OUTDOOR WEDDINGS (DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT – TOPLOADER)
The great outdoors is becoming a popular 2021 wedding theme. As some guests still feel slightly nervous about attending larger gatherings, outdoor space offer peace of mind in the fresh air. Did you know we have built a rather spectacular pergola for this very reason, and of course, who doesn’t love getting married under an arch of fabulous flowers?
POST-COVID WEDDING RECEPTIONS (WEDDING SONG – BOB DYLAN)
So, the limit on numbers has finally been lifted and you can invite everyone to your wedding (well not everyone, but you know what we mean), but social distancing is still important. A big part of your special day is what happens after you say ‘I do!’ The strictest rules have now been dropped, but there have never been rules about speeches, so all the embarrassing stories about what you got up to at uni are still bound to be spilled – brace yourself 😉
A BIG PARTY! (DANCING QUEEN – ABBA)
After all the restrictions we have been living with, I’m pretty sure everyone is ready for a big party! Sadly, dancing on the dance floor and super loud singing is still officially on the no-no list. But nobody wants to have to do a seated shuffle to the music, so you can still have a jolly good razzle with just a few adjustments and still stay within the rules. And with any luck, in a couple of weeks traditional parties with all the singing and all the dancing will be back in full swing.
ZOOM GUESTS (VIRTUAL INSANITY – JAMIROQUAI)
With the current travel restrictions and uncertainty, there are still going to be some of your guests who are unable to attend your special day in person. Here is where Zoom comes into its own…Why not send your guest a ‘wish you were here’ package with some fizz and cake so they can toast you along with everyone else? Just make sure you get someone who is vaguely tech savvy to set up the Zoom party, we all know how that one goes when it’s left in the wrong hands.
As you can see, you can still have the most sensational celebration on your wedding day, you just need to be prepared for some tiny tweaks with safety in mind. We will help you plan your day so it’s everything you dreamed of and more, we have got you from ‘I do’ to ‘adieu!’
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