Written by: Esri Cronje | Bruidsgids
Photo by: Love my dress
There is a lot to think about when planning your special day – no matter where your wedding date falls on the calendar. If it happens to be in the midst of the COVID-19 hysteria, you might be wondering what you should do. Planning and preparing your dream day with all this added stress is not an easy task. Whether you are planning a wedding at home or abroad, there are countless factors that will need to be taken into account surrounding this virus and since the situation is fluid it will have a large influence on your wedding date.
At this point in time, a lot of uncertainty is in the air, especially when it comes to the question if you should cancel your wedding or not. On Sunday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that events with more than 100 attendees are prohibited until further notice which puts a large strain on your wedding date if it falls within the following two months.
Here are some suggestions on how to juggle your wedding and COVID-19:
- Speak with your vendors
“Sometimes it’s best to get it out of your system and think the worst scenarios so you can prepare and come up with a game plan” is the advice given by Daniela VillaRamos, an industry leader. Contact your vendors and have a transparent and open conversation about postponing the contact and wedding – the vendors will most likely cooperate and be understanding and helpful.
- Inform your guests
To avoid being flooded with questions from family and friends, we suggest that you create a wedding website. You will be able to proactively communicate all the updates surrounding your wedding on one easily accessible platform. You can add a link giving information surrounding the coronavirus in the ‘travel and accommodation’ section of your wedding website so your guests can access up-to-date data.
- Follow governmental guidelines
The government of South Africa has implemented various guidelines to follow within the current situation. Thus, if you have a date and venue set, pay close attention to what they are saying and what advice they are giving, as it is truly there to keep the condition from escalating. Also, keep in mind how many guests are allowed at the venue in order for your guests to remain safe.
- Practice extra hygiene
Basic human hygiene is extremely important at the stage of COVID-19, which means washing your hands and/or using hand sanitizer every time you open doors, press elevator buttons, purchase products from a store or any human contact. To place focus on avoiding the situation will be beneficial.
- Consider a livestream
With technology taking over, livestreaming a wedding is quite innovative. This way of hosting your wedding ceremony can come into play when you have a small and intimate wedding with your larger group of friends watching on a live stream. In this way, all the people closest to you can still be part of your special day and be safe if you are adamant to tie the knot.
Lines between boundaries are getting blurred due to COVID-19, therefore it is very important for all of us to remain calm and take care of ourselves. As newlyweds, you will face a large challenge early on within your marriage which can only make you stronger.