Getting married in times of Covid-19: common-sense rules for a safe ceremony.
We are living through a year that will leave its mark. The Covid-19 health crisis has changed our perception of things, disrupted our daily routine and upset everyone’s short- and long-term plans – especially those of future spouses.
Clearly, weddings and coronavirus do not go hand in hand: the security measures imposed to limit the spread of the virus affect both the organisation of the ceremony – secular or religious – and the reception.
Yes, weddings can take place, but in compliance with the rules in force – which differ from country to country – and with a few simple common-sense precautions so as not to spoil the memory of the best day of your life.
Weddings and coronavirus: the common-sense rules to follow
The rules adopted by world governments to deal with the current Covid-19 emergency are many and varied, depending on whether the virus is contained more or less effectively. And when it comes to weddings, the regulations are even more different depending on the location of the event and the type of ceremony you have chosen to celebrate.
One of the few things that are clear is that the bride and groom are not obliged to wear masks. So two things remain unaffected: the “I do” moment, and the most-awaited sentence in the whole ceremony – “You may kiss the bride”!
But to make a complete summary of the requirements in force would be very difficult. On the other hand, we can show you the “common-sense rules” which your guests should follow for a safe ceremony.
During the ceremony
1. As far as the guests are concerned, although not all countries have a maximum number of participants, it is a good idea to try not to extend the invitation to those you have just known for a short time. Especially because for all enclosed spaces, numbers are restricted: so remember to inform yourself in advance about the size of the spaces and their capacity.
2. Crowding is forbidden even during the ceremony: the recommended distance between the guests remains the one we all know by now. Mask-wearing is compulsory both for those celebrating the ceremony and for the guests.
3. No-one with a temperature equal to or higher than 37.5 degrees Centigrade or showing respiratory or influenza symptoms can take part in the event. The same goes for those who have been in contact with Covid-positive cases.
During the reception
1. At the restaurant, the spaces must be organised in such a way as to avoid crowding. The tables must be arranged so as to maintain the correct distance between the guests. Here it may be helpful to have a seating plan so that people from the same household, who do not have to be spaced apart, can be seated at the same table.
2. With regard to masks, guests must wear them indoors when they are not seated at tables and outdoors if distances cannot be maintained. The venue staff, on the other hand, must wear them at all times.
3. It is possible to arrange a buffet, but avoiding that the guests touch the food, so serving must be done by the staff. Self-service is only allowed in the case of dishes packaged in single servings.
Inform your guests – but how?
We have talked about regulations, guidance and common sense. But how can you inform your guests about the rules to follow during the ceremony and reception without having to deal with the subject during your wedding?
Distributing leaflets would be awkward and old-fashioned. Even worse would be putting up posters like the ones you find in supermarkets – the wedding planner would go crazy!
We suggest a convenient and elegant alternative. With given2.com you can create a website dedicated to your wedding day through which you can clearly communicate to all your guests what are the regulations and common-sense rules to respect at your wedding. Because for the success of the event – and to guarantee safe and secure enjoyment – everyone must be “educated” clearly. Your event’s website is ready, can be customised as you wish and shared with your guests. It will be a useful tool to get their confirmation of participation, and a practical channel of communication.
Love in the time of coronavirus is a bit strange, certainly less physical, and more cautious. But fear not: your wedding day is and will always remain the best day of your life. And no pandemic can change that. Don’t worry – #andratuttobene (everything will be all right) – you have Given2’s word.