EXPERT TIP BY KATELYN FANCY, WPICC WEDDING COORDINATOR AT LITTLE MUSHROOM CATERING (www.littlemushroomcatering.ca) Cambridge, ON | Photo above: Chasing Moments Photography
COVID-19 was the centre of attention for the vast majority of 2020 and 2021, which has wedding professionals and engaged couples all trying to figure out a “new normal.” Trying to plan one of the most important events of your life may be a whole other level of stress when everyone is already trying to wrap their heads around a myriad of new rules. With frequent announcements that could change everything about the event, from no dancing, limited guest count, and bar closing times, it has been difficult to plan ahead and keep track of these rules.
For those who decide to move forward with their wedding, you need to be prepared for the unexpected. Anything from a change in venue and guest count, to a change in the way you feed and entertain your guests. No one could have anticipated that these would be things you’d need to prepare for, nor did you think that hand sanitizer would be an essential part of your décor! Here are some tips to help you get through.
Style of Service: Your guests will remember the food, vows, and the venue when thinking back on your wedding. As a catering company, we have seen big changes for couples when it comes to food. Not only are we seeing smaller guest counts, but many couples are opting for a plated meal, or in many instances, have asked us to prepare individually packaged meals for guests to take home after the ceremony.
Entertainment: When it comes to entertainment, this is your chance to get creative. Even though you may be unable to dance, there are plenty of fun activities to keep your guests entertained. We have seen couples put on a fireworks show, play the shoe game, do trivia, musical bingo, or even hire a magician. If having that traditional dance party is something important to you and your fiancé, consider eloping and then have a wedding reception once there are fewer restrictions.
Budget: With a smaller guest count, your overall costs decrease. This could be a blessing in disguise as it gives you the opportunity to upgrade the food and bar menu, décor elements, and entertainment if you desire. You may decide to add another dinner course or choose a fancier dessert, upgrade your cutlery, add a beautiful floral backdrop, or maybe upgrade to that beef tenderloin you originally wanted. Small details like these can make your wedding day even more unique and personalized.
Asking for Help: Your wedding vendors are here to help; whether you need someone to live stream your ceremony, or maybe you need to scramble to find a different venue, a form of entertainment, or change your menu or floorplan. Most of your wedding vendors would be happy to provide advice, suggestions, and try to help you navigate wedding planning during these unprecedented times. You do not have to do it all alone!
Remember that regardless of when you get married, the love you share with one another is what is most important!
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