However couples plan to celebrate their “big” day, the sobering reality is that it is likely going to look a lot different than imagined as the Covid-19 pandemic rages on. The first hurdle is deciding whether to postpone plans or move ahead with proper safety precautions. For those who decide to move forward, there are resources to help you take control and the icing on the cake is that celebrity wedding planners, Mindy Weiss and Debbie Geller, are two of them.
Weiss, the founder of Mindy Weiss Party Consultants, whose clients include Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi and the Kardashian family and world renowned planner Debbie Geller, founder of Geller Events and recognized as a top planner by Martha Stewart Weddings and Harper’s Bazaar, have joined forces to launch MAD About Weddings. MAD is a virtual wedding planning series that walks engaged couples through the often overwhelming wedding planning process from the comfort and safety of their own homes.
In an exclusive with 6 Feet Apart, the experts lift the veil on some of the biggest Covid-related questions couples are facing right now.
8 Tips For Planning A Wedding During Covid
1. Don’t Let Covid Be The Elephant In The Room
Communicate with your guests about what precautions you’re taking. They will want to know, and may decline the invitation if they don’t have enough details.
2. Provide Masks!
Even if they are the paper ones, have some on hand so that if people forget or are uncomfortable with what they brought, there is an alternative. If the budget allows, a themed mask is a keepsake that truly marks the time of their wedding.
3. Revise Cocktail Hour
Although the regulations vary from city to city and state to state, many don’t allow cocktail hours which can mean no hors d’oeuvres. This is the favorite part of the meal for many guests so think about doing a small selection for each guest individually as their first course.
4. Take Distancing Seriously
There is an app called “AllSeated.com” where you can work on your room layout and make sure that guests are separated by enough space. Remember, the chair will come out approximately 1.5’ from the table, so a table that is 6 feet away, means that your guests are only about 3 when they are in their seats. If you have the space, the tables being 9’ will ensure that their chairs are at a safe distance.
5. Outdoor Events Are Safest
If you are hosting something outside for safety, make sure that the guests know that and provide ample heating if possible. If not, make sure guests know to bring a jacket or a wrap.
6. Do Not Feel Rejected
Know that everyone has a different comfort level when it comes to personal interactions and Covid, and if guests decline the invitation, don’t take it personally.
7. Best Not To Blast The Tunes
Think about the volume of music you are playing. If guests are socially distanced and trying to have a conversation above the volume of the music, that can get tricky.
8. Sanitizing Stations Are “In”
Pop some pretty hand sanitizers around, they will be used!
Mindy Weiss and Debbie Geller
MAD About Weddings
Mindy Weiss and Debbie Geller began planning weddings together thirty years ago, combining their unique talents to create a formula proven for long-term success. As lifelong friends, their careers are coming full circle with the launch of MAD About Weddings, a new partnership to bring their seasoned expertise to the masses through an online series of 12 video courses.