When it comes to having and planning a wedding amidst COVID-19, we have noticed one specific question come up repetitively which is “what can we do to make sure our guests feel comfortable and safe?” Which is why we wanted to take a moment and share some ideas from previous Lesner Inn couples!
One of our favorite trends we’ve been seeing come through our doors is the use of colored ribbons, pins, wrist bands, or place cards to distinguish guests who are okay with giving a handshake versus those who would rather say hello from a distance.
These indicators are a great way for guests to be able to communicate with each other about their preference without the awkwardness or repetitiveness of explaining it to each guest they see and greet.
And don’t forget to have fun with your chosen indicator! Have them match your wedding colors or theme! Place them in a basket, add some greenery, decor and signs to explain the colors or indicators!
Masks & Hand Sanitizers
When it comes to safety and guidelines the word masks frightens every bride but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a mask look bridal and work for you!
No need to wear the blue paper masks when you can do personalized wedding masks for the bride, groom and bridal party! You can even do personalized masks for your guests with your wedding date, last name, or venue location drawing as a favor!
Don’t want to do the personalized masks? No worries, get masks that go with your color scheme, floral arrangement, or designs you have created for your wedding. Don’t be afraid to look around and see how you can make a mask blend in with your wedding theme or colors.
Did someone forget their mask? Place a basket or box of masks and make it a cute display! You can also place their provided masks on their ceremony or reception seats!
As for hand sanitizers you can combine mini bottles with your provided masks and create a favor bag for your guests. Don’t want to do a favor bag? There are so many other ways to customize your hand sanitizers from personalized labels to perfume shaped bottles. One of our favorite sayings from a July wedding was a hand sanitizer labeled “We spread love not germs” accompanied with their last names on the label.
Don’t forget to also place some hand sanitizers at your bars, guest book, entrance, and at the dinner tables to make your guests feel even more comfortable!
6 is the magic number so be sure to have signage and other indicators for your guests to be aware of their distance and just like everything else, signage can match your wedding colors and theme!
Need or want a sign at the bar? Use cocktail drawings instead of figures to indicate the 6 feet requirement! Design the signage to match your wedding menus, invitations, save the dates, etc. Have fun with your signage – it doesn’t have to be scary!
Biggest tip? Don’t be afraid to use and ask your vendors! Your DJ will be a great go to throughout the night to do friendly reminders such as mask requirements or social distancing reminders without being overbearing or awkward.
And as a friendly reminder when it comes to planning your COVID-19 wedding just remember one thing. At the end of the day you’re getting married to the love of your life. Everything else is secondary.