Needless to say, hosting a wedding or a special event during a pandemic has its challenges. Here's how to get creative and say "I do" in a safe and responsible way.
COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into the plans of couples everywhere, posing a hard question for those wishing to get married: Do we postpone the wedding? For many the answer is yes, but if you still decide to make the walk down the aisle this wedding season, here are some tips to keep you (and your guests!) as safe as possible.
Protective Essentials Party Favor Bags
One of the best parts of going to a wedding are the memories that you share (not to mention the free food)! However with our new sense of "normal", it's important that we don't share germs as well. While masks and hand sanitizer might not be the most photogenic party props out there, they do help prevent the spread of the virus - and who's to say you can't make them into cute little party bags for the guests?
Keep Guests Safe with Quality Protective Essentials
For the safety of your guests, make sure to have adequate hygiene supplies on hand, as not all protective essentials are created equal. Hand sanitizers in particular have been getting a lot of attention recently for containing harmful chemicals and carcinogens such as benzene, methanol and 1-propanol. Be sure to check the ingredients and reference the FDA's list for hand sanitizer recalls before deciding on which sanitizer to go with. Also make sure to select a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol or more. Lemyn Organics is 70% alcohol (plant-based!) and is guaranteed free of impurities. Every batch is independent lab tested for purity before a single drop goes into the bottle and is always free from harmful toxins including benzene, methanol, 1-propanol, as well as 1,500 other questionable ingredients. Plus, Lemyn is medical-grade and kills 99.9999% of germs - more than the leading competitors!
Personalized Sanitization Stations
We know that "sanitization stations" may not sound very romantic, but with SANI-STOP's customizable solutions and sleek designs, you can seamlessly incorporate cleaning stations throughout the venue. Durable and weather-resistant, they're perfect for outdoor use and make contactless cleaning a breeze (the Sentinel Sani-Stop comes with a convenient foot pump)! They're easy to assemble and move around, and can be secured for windy conditions. Most importantly, it's your guests' one-stop solution for hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, masks, gloves and tissues (depending on the style you choose), so that they can be ready for those happy tears. You can even personalize your Sani-Stops with your names or a logo!
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Host your event outside, if possible.
The last thing you want to do is get people sick or start a super-spreader event at what's supposed to be one of the most memorable days of your life. Choosing to host your wedding outdoors with social distancing (and keeping the guest list small) is far safer than hosting a party indoors. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), "Indoor events, especially in places with poor ventilation, pose more risk than outdoor events." This is because outside, the particles that we exhale have a greater chance to disperse and fall to the ground more rapidly than indoors. Not to mention, it's much easier to remain socially distanced outside. You can also display creative signs outside to help guests maintain a safe distance from each other.
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Before planning your event, you may want to consider these risks laid out by the CDC. It can be referenced as a helpful tool if you are planning to host a small gathering. You can also check out the CDC's Events and Gatherings: Readiness and Planning Tool guide here.
Keep the guest list small
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If you can't wait to get hitched, a popular option for couples during the pandemic has been the mini-wedding. Leigh Anne Jasheway from The Syndrome Mag describes mini-weddings as including "only a few guests (usually 5-10) who are in the same 'bubble' as the engaged couple." You could potentially look into ordering those huge inflatable human bubbles as Leigh jokes about in her article, but by bubble we're talking about the small group of people that you have an agreement with to keep each other safe while still being able to see them. OSF HealthCare describes creating a COVID-19 bubble as "when a group of people agree to a certain level of protective measures as a condition of physically interacting or socializing together. By keeping this group small and exclusive, you can reduce your risk of exposure to the virus."
As Leigh points out, just because a wedding is "mini", that doesn't mean that it can't be memorable and fun. Smaller weddings opens the door for more creativity, and also saves you a lot on venue costs (money that can be saved for a honeymoon down the road)! Backyard weddings are trending, and how cute would it be to have your furry friends participate in the wedding ceremony?
However you plan to walk down the aisle, we hope you consider this guide to help keep your guests, yourselves and your communities safe.
Have some creative ideas on how to host a safe and responsible pandemic wedding? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!