Everything you need to host a beautiful, socially distant wedding
It’s a weird time for a lot of things, and weddings are no exception. While you may have dreamed of having hundreds of your friends and family join you and your spouse-to-be in a celebration, for a lot of us, that just doesn’t seem safe right now.
But here’s the good news for you and your guests: Now, there’s a lot less prep required. No one needs to book a flight, get a babysitter or even leave their house. The focus is suddenly on the most important part of the day: You and your partner pledging your lives to one another.
However, that doesn’t mean your day won’t be amazing and special and capture your love in a way that is uniquely the two of you. It just might look a little (OK, a lot) different from what you once imagined. Here’s how to make it magical.
While you may not be able to bring everyone together in your dream location, be sure to check in with your planner or the venue manager before canceling — or postponing — outright . Many venues are offering scaled-back weddings with an option for a bigger celebration later.
Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston is offering what it’s calling “minimony” packages, and it currently has 29 couples planning to wed in 2020.
Inspired by the at-home Zoom weddings we all keep seeing on the news, the Fairmont’s senior catering manager, Alice Fay, told us, “Couples were so creative in hosting their ceremonies virtually and involving family members, and the resonating message from these couples is that love does not have to wait!” Rebecca Millette, events and marketing manager for Cambridge, Massachusetts restaurant Puritan & Company and The Herb Lyceum event venue in Groton, Massachusetts, is planning to use the outdoor space at the Lyceum to host socially distanced weddings. “We’ll be able to have it all open and have that air flow and spread everything out a little bit more with stationary appetizers in different sections in the gardens, something under a tent, something out by the lavender,” she says. “I think giving people the opportunity to roam around and enjoy the space would be safest and the easiest for them.”
However, a backyard can also make the perfect venue, with a recent bride (who prefers to remain anonymous) telling us, “Our wedding was on May 2 in a family friend’s backyard, a 10-minute walk from our Brooklyn apartment. The in-person crowd was quite small — just me, my husband (still so fun to say that), my mother-in-law, father-in-law and brother-in-law. Plus, our two gracious hosts who remained socially distanced from us.” Just add technology
There are so many ways to add remote guests to your service. Many couples choose Zoom , which has skyrocketed in popularity during this time, as the user-friendly service allows up to 1,000 people to join a broadcast. That’s more guests than many couples had planned in the first place! You can also do breakout rooms for one-on-one time after the ceremony.