In these angst-ridden times, many plans, personal and professional have been delayed and rescheduled. With the government publishing new rules on a frequent basis, it is a stressful period especially for those who had once arranged their weddings on a microscopic level, to now being confronted with their big day waiting in the wings. But no need to fret so much as this article will outline the latest rules and provide some ideas on how to simulate your grand wedding experience in this space.

As of now, the latest Covid-19 guidance for weddings states that no more than 15 people can attend, including the couple and guests. Anyone working at the venue is not included in the limit. In keeping with this, wedding celebrations must be conducted in a way that abides by social distancing guidelines and only sit down meals are permitted in a Covid-19 secure venue. Alternatively, outdoor spaces in venues could be used for an alfresco dining experience.

While the rules seem a slight bit dreary, it is not entirely impossible to have a fun wedding in style. Several wedding suppliers, from photographers to caterers and interior décor designers are still available and offering services to spruce up your venue of choice. An intimate and close knitted wedding consisting of those near and dear to you may just be the perfect environment for an endearing celebration. With the benefit of technology, it is possible to invite members from far-flung corners of the world to join you remotely on your special day. Livestreaming your wedding doesn’t seem outlandish but rather an innovative way to connect with family and friends who can’t be with you physically.

It is important to ensure you have all the necessary items in place to make the attendees feel at ease. To minimise risk of transmission, be sure to have hand sanitising stations dotted around the venue, deep cleaning before and after the wedding and venue staff wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). Go a step further and provide the guests with fancy masks (make sure they meet the safety requirements and not just fancy fabric) they can don, fitting in with the backdrop of the wedding. Customised masks that go with the theme of the wedding can be worn and taken home, and possible even serve to be a nice relic of an extraordinary wedding in rather extraordinary times.

In order to comply with the two-metres social distancing rule, you can place a clear sign stating that you’d like everyone to stay 2 metres apart. You can make a DIY design or get an elegant one made that ties in with your decoration. Using the two-metre rule to your advantage by spacing out chairs and tables seems creative and enables you to be quirky with the overall arrangement. With relatively few people attending your wedding, you can invest more in other big items on the wedding list such as more floral displays and more good quality, ravishing food. You have the liberty to be unconventional and pull of a wedding no one has attended before.