We're all looking forward to the days when the COVID-19 crisis is behind us. But as we know all too well, until a vaccine is made available, the ability to host a safe event is uncertain.
I'm definitely no expert in the field of health and public safety, but while we're stuck inside with just our own thoughts to keep us company, it doesn't hurt to start thinking of ways that we can help "clean up" weddings of the future.
1) Cut the guest list
If you're looking to host a wedding in the next 6-8 months, it might be safest to consider a smaller group of loved ones to share in the celebration. With many sensitive groups still at risk with COVID-19, your guests will likely appreciate the decision to cut down on the guest list. With the money you save, you can spring to hire a wedding videographer so you can still share the day with your loved ones who couldn't be there in person.
2) Use reusable glassware
If there's one thing I've learned about cleanliness in the times of COVID-19, it's that less is more. The fewer things I leave out or use, the less I have to worry about the safety of my own space. Too often at events you look around and see used cups and trash all around you. Curb the need for guests to dirty multiple drinking vessels by using reusable glassware and serving alcohol from kegs instead of individual bottles. Take it a step further and create personalized glassware with the guest's name to avoid any struggles of misplacing your glass or mistakingly using someone else's.
3) Set-up sanitation stations
In a celebration of love, the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not it's safe to share a hug or handshake. Further put you and your guest's minds at ease by providing lots of opportunities to wash and sanitize hands throughout the wedding. Add multiple sanitation stations around the event space to help those who may not remember to wash up in the bathrooms. Or perhaps as a small gift to each guest, a mini hand sanitizer is placed at their seat.
Now, more than ever, planning a wedding or large event will be difficult and there will be many unknowns. So use this time to consider all your options and plan a fun, safe event that everyone, especially you, will enjoy.
Any other ideas for planning safe events post-quarantine? Email me at email@example.com to let me know!