July 22, 2020
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
Wedding traditions are still as important as ever. But getting married in the COVID era, has presented a long list of unexpected challenges for many couples. Those who had wedding plans for 2020 and 2021 have found themselves having to change and modify their original wedding plans quite a bit because of the coronavirus outbreak. With wedding postponements to social distancing; the reality of saying I do right now is likely not what you dreamt it would be. Everything we’ve endured over the past few months may have left you asking yourself which parts of the wedding you had envisioned CAN you still have?
Well, we all know that many some things about your wedding have to change to keep you and your guests safe. Social gatherings in most places are being limited in size and scope. But all is not lost, many time-honored traditions can still happen! Whether you’ve chosen to elope, or whether you have chosen a scaled down wedding while live streaming to those who can’t attend in person, here are some time-honored wedding traditions that can easily still be shared at your wedding.
The wedding ceremony is the moment your marriage becomes official. While some modifications such as social distancing among the wedding party and guests may need to happen, your wedding ceremony can still be just as meaningful and special as you had originally planned. With the help of a well-placed camera and some audio equipment, you can even live stream the ceremony for those who can’t attend in-person.
Wedding photos are one of the few physical reminders that remain years after your wedding. Your wedding photos will help you relive the special memories and tell the story of your special day! Your wedding photographer will likely need to social distance themselves from you to capture your wedding photos but that’s ok! Most wedding photos are taken from a safe distance away to begin with. And with the professional grade lenses most photographers use, being a few feet away should not stop them from capturing beautiful photos of your wedding day! You should however, plan to allow a bit more time than usual for wedding photos—as your wedding photographer will have to arrange groups of people together for photos in a safe manner.
The first dance is often the most awaited moment for the newlyweds as well as the guests. It was considered the official opening of the reception by the guests of honor. And it’s such as great way to show the love and unity between the new couple. While a packed dance floor may not be possible for many weddings at this time, the first dance between the bride and groom can still entertain and wow your guests both near and afar.
The cutting of the wedding cake is another one of those time honored wedding traditions. Historically, the hand of the groom was placed over the hand of the bride when cutting the cake to symbolize his support for her and her promise to take care of her and their family. While cutting a big cake and serving it to all of your guests might not be the safest thing to do, there is no reason why the couple can’t have their own small wedding cake for the ceremonial cake cutting, and then distribute passed deserts or cupcakes to the rest of the guests.
Despite possible changes in appearance and guest size, these unprecedented circumstances serve to remind us that marriage remains a beautiful cause to celebrate, and that we need celebrations now more than ever.
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