Autumn can be such a special time of year to plan a wedding! Temperatures are generally falling along with colorful leaves from the trees. Even during this time of Covid-19, love is in the air. Planning a momentous reception may take a few more steps, but Walter Knoll Weddings is happy to help. Let our advisers help you decide on the perfect venue, the best food service, and the safety needs of your guests to make your wedding reception a truly spectacular celebration.
How Big is Too Big for Your Venue?
Choosing a wedding and reception locale is often on the top of any couple’s to-do list. Will it be an outdoor affair or an indoor celebration? Will you have the wedding outdoors and the reception at another venue? Will you keep your guest list as it is or will you have a smaller wedding in the wake of the virus? These are just a few of the questions that the couple has to consider when making a venue choice. Outdoor weddings and receptions have some advantages during this time. Fresh air and plenty of room to roam around will provide a natural barrier to the virus. However, choosing a large indoor venue with plenty of room to space tables apart can work as well. Some couples are choosing to have a small reception to make sure all guests have the ability to social distance.
Style Your Reception Accordingly
Once the venue has been decided upon, the couple can consider food service at the reception. An afternoon wedding with dinner to follow will usually be either a buffet-style meal or a seated dinner. Generally, while buffets are often easier on the wallet than a formal dinner, during the pandemic, a number of safety precautions are required if the couple chooses this option. Reception buffets will include plexiglass shields and servers who will plate food for each guest. Servers are also required for the seated dinner option. In the wake of the virus, why not consider having a smaller dinner reception with fewer tables spaced apart. Receptions, in the past, often featured dancing after the dinner. While the bride and groom and father and bride dances are still encouraged, during the pandemic consider foregoing any other dancing to encourage social distancing. Music can still be a part of the reception with a small orchestra or single instrumentalist.
Respect Your Guests With Safety Measures
Engaged couples also have to consider the health and safety of their guests while planning a wedding and reception during a pandemic. Providing hand sanitizer stations throughout the venue and encouraging guests to remain 6 feet apart or in small groups are just a couple of ways to enjoy your celebration while ensuring the safety of your guests. Couples also need to follow their state’s guidelines. If masks are mandated, encourage guests to wear masks that match their outfits. Masks should also be provided at the reception for those who need one.
There are so many choices that couples have to make when they are planning their wedding, Due to the pandemic, couples have even more things to think about to make sure they provide a safe locale for both the wedding and reception. Our advisors at Walter Knoll Weddings can stand by you as you make these important decisions ranging from where to have the reception to what type of food to serve and how to make sure all safety precautions are followed for your guest. Our goal is for each couple to have the wedding day of their dreams!