I get it, as soon as you say yes; you have a vision of how you want your wedding day to be. However 2020 has taught us the important art of “reimagining” – from education, to how we work and how we move safely in this world.
With Covid19, couples are now challenged to re-imagine what their wedding day will look like. This gives us the opportunity to explore with different color stories, textures and design options. No worries, here are four ideas for you that have worked and resulted in beautifully produced weddings.
1. An Intimate Guest List – Having your intermediate family only and inviting all others to join via online. Check with a local wedding AV company to see what options are available in your area. AV companies are now launching more options than just Zoom. With keeping your guest count between 30-60 this will allow you to create a more intimate refined experience. You can invest in fine china, chairs, welcome boxes and the entire experience. TIP: Consider doing onsite Covid19 testing for you creative partners and guests prior to ceremony starting.
2. Location – A more intimate guest count will certainly allow you to have different options on where to host your wedding. Private estates are my favorite, think of a location that has meaning to you and your partner and call them you might be surprised. Make it a destination wedding and pick a location such as Timber Cove or The Olema House where your guests can stay as well as hosting your intimate wedding celebration. I love a location where your guests can have activities to do once they arrive and the day after the wedding, it creates such a memorable experience.
3. Guest Seating – Let’s think about creating unique seating vignettes. I love using a mix of bistro tables, cocktail tables and different beautifully styled lounge sets. Consider seating guests within their households aka Covid pods. Remember in all of this we have to make sure your guests are as comfortable as possible. See some of my favorite past designs below!
4. Dinner Service Style – Here’s where you can get extremely creative. Have a conversation with a caterer to see if you can create a menu this includes some of your favorite items. I love using food truck style service mixed with passed options, it gives you flexibility. However, a plated meal is always a classic option, if that’s your aesthetic. Tip: Make sure you share a realistic budget for your guest count with your caterer. Start with $200.00 per guest.
All in all with some reimagining you are off to having the wedding of your dreams!
Be well, be safe and Happy Planning!!!
Chanda Daniels of Chanda Daniels, Planning & Design
Chanda Daniels is the Creative Director of Chanda Daniels and Owner of A Monique Affair, one of the leading event planning companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Chanda is active in planning weddings for the LGBT community.
Top Wedding Planner of the World by HARPER’S BAZAAR 2020, MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS 2020 & BRIDES MAGAZINE 2020