How to get married during coronavirus: creative ideas for your wedding
Written by Cortlyn Adams and all graphics created by Sophie at Mod Bird Design
Are you wondering how to get married during coronavirus? If you are a couple who finds themselves having to change their initial wedding plans because of the coronavirus outbreak, I am so sorry. I want to do my part to help provide helpful resources for you to guide you through this time. In this blog, you will find helpful tips for planning to still get married during the coronavirus outbreak. I know that these options are likely not what you dreamt your day would be, but I hope these possible solutions give you a spark of joy as you continue to prep for your wedding day.
Due to the effects of coronavirus, Between the Pine recommends all to adhere to CDC regulations and guidelines put in place by local and national governments. Between the Pine strongly encourages everyone to make decisions about events and travel that are in the interest of their personal and the public’s health and wellbeing.
How to get married during coronavirus: Mollie’s top recommendations
Live stream your wedding ceremony
Plan a reception and party for later
Have your guests celebrate from inside their cars with a parade
Plan an intimate elopement ceremony
Make your postponed wedding a vow renewal
You can also check out the other resources I’ve made for couples during the coronavirus outbreak:
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Could I postpone the party, but still get married during coronavirus?
Absolutely you can! If your wedding date holds special significance for you or you just can’t imagine tying the knot on a postponed date, you can absolutely still get married on your planned day! You and your love can still exchange vows, rings and seal it with a kiss, even during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re still wanting to celebrate with your best people, you deserve that! You can plan a large reception later in the year after the gathering restrictions have been lifted. Click here to read my tips for what to send to wedding vendors about postponing a reception.
Creative ways to still get married during coronavirus
What do car horns, Zoom meetings and you getting married have in common? I’m here to tell you! Replace the chapel pews for the parking lot, and let your guests honk their car horns in celebration from a safe social distance! Or, send a link to a video conferencing service for your guest to tune in to your wedding ceremony virtually during coronavirus. Never before have well-spaced parking lots and links to group meetings been more important! Keep reading for more details of creative ways to still get married during coronavirus.
Looking for more resources on coronavirus in regard to your wedding? Click below!
Coronavirus can’t cancel a live stream! What you need to know to stream your wedding day
If you are still wanting your closest people to be a part of your wedding day, you could live stream your ceremony! Using a video conferencing service like Zoom is a great way for your best people to be a part of your day, just virtually! If you choose to live stream your ceremony, be sure to think through this logistics before your wedding:
Make sure you’ve set up your free Zoom account prior to the wedding day.
The free account on Zoom has a limit of 40 minute meetings, so make sure you’re streaming less than that limit so your ceremony isn’t cut off for your guests.
Test the signal at your ceremony spot. Some remote elopement locations may not be able to be streamed if there isn’t any service.
Make sure your guests know how to mute their microphones so you and other guests don’t hear unwanted background noise.
Have someone record the video conference! This will be a fun recording to look back on and see where everyone was during your wedding ceremony.
Ask your guests to still dress up like they were coming to your wedding! Let’s be real, we’re all looking for a reason to get out of our pajamas these days anyways (lol). So, if you’re wedding day was going to be black-tie, ask your guests to get glammed up with you as they watch from their home.
Social distancing because of coronavirus: how your wedding guests can be involved safely
Between the Pine acknowledges that shelter-in-place guidelines vary state to state. Please comply with all local and federal ordinances that have been put in place at this time.
Besides joining virtually in your wedding ceremony, there are some creative ways for your wedding guests to be a part of your day. If gatherings less than ten people are allowed where you live, you could still have your close family or friends present for your wedding ceremony. Another option that I alluded to earlier is to have your wedding guests wait in their cars in the parking lot, and as soon as you walk outside after your ceremony your guests can celebrate you with signs, honking horns and cheers. Another option is to set up a “parade” route of sorts. After you get married, you can drive around town by your friends’ and families’ homes and they could wave at you from inside or celebrate with you from their driveway.
Thinking you may want to elope during coronavirus? Wander through our elopement resources below!
Is the courthouse closed? Still have your wedding ceremony during coronavirus
If you’re facing roadblocks like the lack of a marriage license, a closed courthouse and cancelled vendors, I am so sorry. I want you to know that if your heart is set on getting married on the date you dreamed of, then these roadblocks should not stop you! You should still have sweet moments getting ready that day, a ceremony that is meaningful and reflects your personalities and celebrate your love together! Then, as soon as the courthouse repons, you can go and make it legal with a marriage license.
I hope these ideas have been helpful for you during this difficult time of quarantine and unknowns. My desire is for this, and other resources, to be a glimmer of creativity, comfort and hope for you and your love during this time! You can still get married during the coronavirus quarantine. If you have any questions or need to talk through logistics with someone, I’m here to help! Reach out to me by clicking here, and I’d be happy to lend a hand.
I know you may be thinking, “Could we actually elope?” I hope these tips were helpful for you as you’re thinking about how to elope! If you still have questions or need guidance for your new elopement plants, I’m here to help! So, reach out to me and explore some of my other resources that can be helpful for you as you plan your elopement.
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Between the Pine is an adventure elopement and wedding photography brand created by Mollie Adams. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Mollie travels with her camera in hand to document “I dos” in epic landscapes including Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii.