• Holly Lenihan

Your Covid-Friendly Intimate Wedding Day

There's no doubt about it, we've all had a very weird and unforgettable year. Day-to-day life has been disrupted, lots of us are working from home, and social interactions have changed dramatically. To add to this disruption and uncertainty, you may have had to cancel or postpone your wedding, Although this must be a crushing blow, for some of us, sharing this special day with lots and lots of loved ones is the most important factor, so if it needs to be postponed, so be it.

There are, however, some of us that are more content being within a smaller group. Whether you'd planned a very small wedding right from the start, or you're now planning a wedding with just 15 of you (due to the new government guidelines here in the UK), I have some tips and ideas for you to get the very best out of your precious day.

1. Settle That Guest List

If you have had to downsize your wedding due to Covid-19, then you'll need to reduce your guest list. Loved ones will completely understand why they are now unable to come, as it is not safe to do so. By either talking to the uninvited people, or sending them a meaningful letter or card, your mind will be put at ease once everyone has been informed. A nice idea could be to send out wedding photos to them after your big day, so that they can still see you in your stunning dress and having a great time.

2. Informal Celebration

There's no reason why you can't have several very small gatherings to celebrate your day. Depending on the government guidelines at the time, you could go to a nice pub or restaurant to celebrate with those loved ones that can't be there on the day.

Here are the need to know rules for England at the time of writing:

  • Weddings are limited to 15 people

  • Other gatherings are limited to 6 people (unless you're all from the same household or bubble), and if that can be outdoors then that is best

  • Face masks must be worn in food and drink establishments until you've sat down at the table

  • Pubs, bars and restaurants are to close at 10pm

  • Bookings are encouraged

3. Rethink Your Budget

One benefit of having less people attend your wedding is that you'll have more money to play with. Was your tight budget stopping you from going on that lavish honeymoon? Perhaps now you can splash out! It may have to be a staycation, but you can still have a memorable, fabulous time. Additionally there are going to be a lot of wedding cancellations, meaning that lots of wedding day slots will be available. If you've been thinking of having a small wedding anyway, you may be able to snap up a last minute deal for a fraction of the usual price. Every cloud...

4. Do Something Unique

With more money to play with, you could invest in experiences that you may not have considered previously. For example, you could hire a professional barbecue chef and have a delicious evening meal outside; you could pamper your guests with wedding favours; or, you could even pay for accommodation for guests so that you're all staying in the same place over night. If your wedding plans have had to be changed, why not try and make up for it in every way possible!

5. Check For Hidden Talents

If you are planning a last minute wedding, it may be hard for you to find suppliers and vendors that are available for your big day. This is where your family and friends can come to the rescue! If you've a brother that's always been brilliant with makeup, or a niece who DJ's at her local student union bar... Well, you know what their wedding gifts to you can be.

6. The Pressure Is Off

One great thing about the current situation is that people have generally become more laid back where expectations are concerned. Sure, pre-covid your excitable best friend may have been planning to hire doves to deliver your wedding rings, but right now, the most important thing is for people to be together. Planning a wedding during this tough time is something to be commended, and don't forget that. Everyone will be so happy to be together, perhaps making for an even more heartfelt and emotional day.

7. PPPE - Personal Party Protection Equipment

It's a crumby situation that we're all in, so why not have some fun with it and get crafty? Perhaps during a sleepover with your bridesmaids you could make face masks that match your wedding theme, or even personalise some mini bottles of hand sanitiser as wedding favours - cute and handy!

Ultimately, amongst all the chaos and uncertainty at the moment, your wedding day still needs to be exactly how you want it to be. If you don't want a small wedding, then wait - if you don't want to wait or can't, try to keep positive and make your day the best it can be.

An intimate wedding could actually be a wonderful, emotional event to share with your nearest and dearest, and may even just pan out better than you ever thought your wedding day could.

Keep positive and stay safe :)

Holly x