The Hopeful Bride: A Perfect, 15 Person Wedding
On the 18th April, as lockdown reached its peak, my fiancé and I quietly celebrated our “would-be wedding day”. With the best food that the bare supermarket shelves could offer, a 30-minute walk to pick some roadside flowers for my ‘wedding bouquet’ and a couple of bottles of bubbly, we celebrated what it is to be happy, healthy and in love.
1 – Splash out on the things that are really important to you
Whether it’s a great wine, special jewellery or fabulous transport, do it. It’s likely you can afford some of these additional touches if you were budgeting for a larger wedding and these details will help make the whole day feel really special.
2 – Think about investing in clear face masks for the ceremony
This is probably one of the best things I did. As a bride, there is nothing more significant than looking at the faces of the people you love as you make the most important promises of your life. As it was, I got to see every expression of emotion which was very special.
3 – Think creatively about how you can involve people who can’t attend
Perhaps you could send them their confetti or favour in the post. Maybe write a special poem to invite them to view any Live stream arrangements you have in place, or ask them to share a snap of them raising a glass to you on the day. In addition, churches and some other venues are public places; there’s nothing to stop well-wishers coming along to give you a wave and a cheer. All these ideas help bring a real sense of love, support and togetherness to the day.
4 – Don’t assume everyone has the same attitude towards the pandemic as you
Whether you are very concerned or more relaxed about the situation, err on the side of caution. A short note ahead of the day covering the health & safety / social distancing protocols will help to reassure more nervous guests and ensure they can relax and enjoy themselves on the day. This will also help you to relax on the day too!
5 – Reimagine your wedding day
The recent restrictions have no doubt left you feeling deflated and disappointed. Have a think about what you can now do for 15 people that you couldn’t have done for larger numbers. Perhaps you could swap prosecco for champagne, serve cocktails before dinner, buy individual gifts for guests or include a cheese course in your meal. Be creative and embrace what you can do rather than feel sad for what you can’t.
6 – Think about how you might need to adapt your venue for 15
Your venue now might feel far too big for your new plans. Find out if they have a smaller but equally lovely space you could use. Could part of a larger room be partitioned off to create a cosier feel? Your table plan may now feel a little out of place however U shaped or open square tables are spot-on for special meals of this size.
7 – Don’t lose your special touches
Whether it’s an important reading or an epic playlist, these little details don’t have to be scrapped. Perhaps your readings could be included before you eat, or printed on the back of your menus. Why not have your playlist on quietly in the background to add a touch of personality to the atmosphere. Be creative – you won’t regret it.
8 – No dancing… now what?
With a stop to dancefloors (I get it – I was really sad about this too), there are other ways to have a little fun after dinner. Whether it’s a game of Mr & Mrs or a wedding quiz, there are plenty of ways to have a giggle without having to leave your seat. Have a chat with some of your most fun friends and see what you can come up with!
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