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4 Ways to Celebrate Your Original Wedding Date During COVID

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has postponed events for many people. If you were planning a 2020 wedding that had to be delayed because of the pandemic, fear not — there are still plenty of ways to celebrate! Gather your family and friends in a fun and safe way to celebrate your original wedding date with these unique ideas.

Dress for the occasion. Wear your wedding attire on your original wedding day. Dressing to the nines can help make the day feel just as special and memorable as it would have initially. Whether you invested in an elegant wedding dress or thrifted classy suits, putting on whatever you were supposed to wear to your wedding will get you into the spirit of the day.

Hire a vendor or two for an at-home gathering. Were you really excited about the band you booked for your wedding? Perhaps you couldn’t wait to devour the food being served at the reception. Many vendors are willing to go above and beyond for their clients during these unprecedented times, so contact yours to see if they’d be ready to help you celebrate the original day in any way they can. Maybe your band will send a virtual recording of your wedding song or your caterer will send you a tray of food. Then, reach out to friends and family who feel comfortable gathering in your home to celebrate.

Set up a Zoom call. If you want to see the friends and family who would have attended your original wedding day, you can still do that! For those who are more comfortable staying home and social distancing, organize a Zoom call on your special day. Encourage your guests to set up drinks and snacks to enjoy while you toast to your nuptials. To keep everyone entertained, carve out some time to play games — wedding-related optional.

Plan a date. If you’re unable to gather family and friends on your original wedding day, you and your significant other can still make plans to celebrate each other. If the weather allows, head to your favorite restaurant for some outdoor dining. Book a weekend getaway or a couple’s spa trip to spend some quality time together. Regardless of what your date entails, as long as you’re doing something you both enjoy together, your original wedding day will still feel special.

Whether you pushed your wedding into 2021 or opted for a smaller, more intimate ceremony at home, there are still plenty of ways you can celebrate your original wedding date.

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How to Plan a Safe Wedding at Home

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This year will no doubt go down as one of the strangest and most challenging in living memory. For couples who hoped to tie the knot, many have chosen to cancel, postpone or change their existing plans.

While the destination wedding or large-scale even might be off the cards, it’s still possible for two people to come together to celebrate their love. For example, we are seeing more couples host smaller, more intimate weddings, and put their plans for the reception on ice for now.

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There are quite a few additional considerations to address when planning a home reception in today’s COVID world. Here are some pro tips:

Size matters

Given the current situation with rapidly changing restrictions on gatherings, we are seeing many couples host small, intimate ceremonies at home, followed by “micro wedding” receptions in their backyards with their immediate families and closest friends.

Creating a wedding venue in your backyard requires a lot of planning. We recommend keeping it small so it doesn’t become overwhelming and everyone stays safe. Small doesn’t have to mean lacklustre, it can still be an elegant, fun, memorable day.

Postpone your reception

Many couples are rescheduling their full wedding receptions to be held one year after the wedding day, marking their one year anniversary.

This allows the couple to move forward with their timeline as they’ve planned it while keeping everyone safe. Plus, they get to have the wedding reception they’ve always envisioned at a safer time.

This approach really offers the best of both worlds and even gives couples more time to plan and enjoy their time as newlyweds.

Plan your space

Count your guests by household groups to determine how many guests you can seat together and the size tables you will need to accommodate them. Then make sure you have enough space to spread each table 6-feet apart.

Consider a served meal

Things like food trucks or grab-and-go dining will be safer. It’s best to avoid buffet-style food service at this time. Also, utilize disposable flatware. There are some cute options online!

Keep it clean

Make sure you thoroughly clean and sanitize restrooms, doorknobs, and any surface your guests will touch before and after your event. Also, offer masks for guests to utilize when they are not seated at their own table and individual hand sanitizer bottles.

Prepare for the weather

Bring in a tent for shade or day-of rain, but also have a rain date. If it rains the morning of or the night before your celebration, the ground will likely be too soft and muddy for an event. Make sure you have a backup plan. It’s also wise to consider having your lawn treated for ticks and mosquitos before the event.

Get creative!

Social distancing won’t stop you from having to-die-for centerpieces or amazing live music in your own backyard — get creative with your decor and entertainment.

Inspiration for Your Micro Wedding

Couples have come up with some very sweet ideas to tie their micro-wedding and their full reception together such as:

*   Putting aside a special bottle of wine at the micro wedding to open at their full reception a year later.
*   Planning socially-distant photos or video and displaying them at their full reception a year later.
*   Planning to freeze their cake and try it a year later in front of their guests at the full reception rather than cutting a new one.
*   Preserving their flowers by drying them or having them cast in resin to display at the full reception.
*   Asking their DJ or live musicians for a copy of their playlist or setlist and incorporating the music into their cocktail hour at the full reception.
*   Wearing their wedding dresses and suits twice! It’s so amazing to see couples get more use out of their wedding day ensembles.
*   Ask guests to leave advice notes and read them to see if they came true a year later.

Whether you plan to tie the knot in your city apartment or in the garden of your home, there are plenty of beautiful and creative ways to mark this special occasion and seal your love for a lifetime.

Holiday Wedding Inspiration

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Holiday weddings are a great idea because it allows everyone to be together to celebrate both the holiday and your special day all at once.  When done correctly, they are also absolutely breathtaking events.

Here are some of our favorite design ideas to help inspire your holiday wedding planning.

Holiday Weddings: Colors of the Season

If you’re planning a wedding in late November or December, then you’ll want to go with the colors of the season.  Think warm rich reds, greens, golds, blues, and silvers.  Try and avoid anything over sparkly and super muted as the impact can get lost in photos.

You can mix the colors or select the main one, like a deep red, and use gold or silver as an accent.  And remember, when it comes to holiday colors, less is more, so there is no need to drape everything that doesn’t move with red and green.  Incorporate white and black to help off-set the overwhelming effect too much red and green can have on a venue.

Tip: When it comes to finding holiday decorating pieces, shop in the offseason as you’ll be more likely to find them at discounted prices.

Holiday Weddings: Incorporating Tradition

The holidays have lots of traditional elements that, when you see them, immediately envoke the feeling of the season, so tie them into your decor wherever possible.  Here are some fun ideas to consider:

  • Give gold bells as wedding favors
  • Use pine cones as your cake topper and decoration
  • Use linens and glassware with snowflakes on them
  • Add small bells to your bridal bouquet
  • Use comfy, holiday colored blankets to mark the bride and groom chairs
  • Use stockings to hold the flatware on your table setting
  • Surrounding the altar area with Christmas trees and hang mistletoe overhead
  • Use colored ornaments to decorate your buffet and gift table
  • Use lush greenery and twigs to create stunning Star of David decorations
  • Add elf accessories and snowman attire to your photobooth props for whimsical fun

Need a little more inspiration?  Check out our Holiday Wedding Pinterest board or this great article from Martha Stewart Weddings for more ideas of how to create the holiday wedding of your dreams.