The lockdown stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak garnered a mixed bag of emotions. On the one hand, there are many, who are thanking their stars for finally getting to spend time with their loved ones. On the other hand, you have those whose plans have been thwarted by the standstill.
The lovestruck couples who were ready to get hitched were amongst the first to be hit by the lockdown. All the hours of planning, booking, and scheduling boils down to nothing!
Or does it?
As the guidelines are relaxing around events, those planning to say “I do” can finally breathe a sigh of relief. While you cannot do anything to change all the happenings around you, you can still safely celebrate your D-day. If you are looking for inspiration, here are six tips on making your wedding day memorable despite the Coronavirus:
Add Spunk to Your Pre-Wedding Shoot
If you were caught off-guard even before you could have a pre-wedding shoot, then now is the perfect time to capture the essence of everything happening around us! Hire a professional movie maker and get them to capture a few excellent shots and clips of you with your beau.
You may find unending lists of inspirations and suggestions that suit your vibe. While everyone aims for romance, you can opt for something funny and apt for the given situation. It will definitely help lighten the mood in such trying times.
Reassess the Guest List
As evil as it may sound, you get the once in a lifetime opportunity to reevaluate your guest list and get some names off the list. Plus, you have a legitimate reason as to why you had to uninvite some people (yes, wedding dramas!)
With travel advisories and other restrictions, you may already know about those who may not make it to your special day. So start by scratching out the ones who positively cannot make it. Next, reconsider the “maybes” on your list. Consult with them and their availability to get a clear idea. Finally, bump off some polite invites and keep the event strictly for family and close friends only.
Send out Digital Invites
Now that you have sorted the guest list, it is time to get to the invites.
You may feel robbed of the sheer joy of visiting your loved ones and personally handing over the invitation cards. However, that does not mean that you can no longer send out formal invites!
Fortunately, the digital age brings about a digital solution – e-vites.
If you possess the creativity, all you need is a decent invitation maker! Put together your ideas, and you might conceive something entirely unique and artistic! You may use the shots from your pre-wedding shoot to create your digital invite. Tools like InVideo allow you to make personalized invitations that you can send in a single click!
It is also worth mentioning that they are a lot cheaper than physically printed cards (that may eventually end up in the bin anyway).
Naturally, you can no longer have all the pomp and fervor that you imagined for your wedding day. So cut down the extravaganza and make smarter and more practical choices. Depending on the number of guests who will attend the wedding, you can have a small and intimate ceremony right at your home. Alternatively, you can book a wedding venue to ensure that the social distancing norms are being followed.
If you plan on hosting the wedding at your home, then DIY will save the DAY.
The social media platform is loaded to the brim with wedding ideas, DIY tips, and other content that will inspire you to make the most of what you have. Most of the DIY material ranging from twine to fair lights may be readily available around your home. Reuse and create pretty decor items to go with the theme of your wedding.
Hair, Makeup, and Clothes
You may have said yes to the dress, but it is now time to pair it with something essential – face masks.
Coordinating your mask with your outfit can be a fun way to make it a part of your wedding day. If possible, you can have masks stitched out of the same material as your wedding dress. However, if you are purchasing a pre-stitched outfit, you may consider decorating your masks or personalizing them. Glue on some stones and sequins to your mask, and you have something that complements your wardrobe.
These make for excellent props for the photoshoot!
On the D-day, keep your hair and makeup simple. Choose something that is smudge-proof lest wearing the mask ruins your look!
Keep Everyone Digitally Included
While it may be a relief to cut out a couple of unnecessary guests off your list, you may be sad about the ones who genuinely cannot make it no matter how desperately you want them to be a part of your special day. Fortunately, video conferencing technologies can come to your rescue!
You can always include your loved ones through Skype or Zoom. You can even consider creating a dedicated Facebook page and add the invitees to the account and live-stream the celebration of your love. These streams can also be saved as video recordings. All you need is a functional online video editor that can grant it a polished look. Once they are done, it is only a matter of publishing them for everyone to enjoy!
the Knot it Up
Like any wedding, there may be several things that don’t go your way. On the other hand, you may witness some unexpected surprises that will make your special day even more memorable. Irrespective of the stage at which your wedding planning may have hit pause, the above six tips can help the process get back in action. You will have to improvise along the way and make the most of what you have, despite the lockdown.
Rather than stressing about the preparation, take a moment to enjoy being with the love of your life. Because eventually, it is all about this love.