I've had the privilege of photographing micro weddings and elopements during the COVID-19 pandemic and here are a few things that I've learned along the way.
A guide to getting married during a pandemic
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Check your vendors cancellation policies.
Sh*t happens as we've learned in 2020. Guidelines change, numbers of guests allowed to attend go up and down. Make sure you check in with your vendors to see what their cancellation policy/rescheduling policy is. Most vendors will happily move your retainer to an available date for a small fee or no fee. While some vendors will charge a cancellation fee, keep your retainer and will not accommodate a change in plans due to a loss of business on that particular day. All businesses operate differently, so it's something to keep in mind. Keeping in mind that kindness goes a long way during this unprecedented time
Keep your guest list small
If you're not eloping and want to have a bit of a gathering, something to keep in mind is that since pandemic restrictions have been put in place, the most that weddings have been restricted is to a maximum of 10 people. Plan for a guest list of 10 people (or smaller) if gathering sizes are able to be larger, you'll be pleasantly surprised and can grow your guest list by however many people the government allows.
Your photographer is happy to help
Elopements and micro weddings are fun because they allow for secluded locations that aren't typically on the table for larger weddings. I have a list of locations I would love to photograph elopements in my back pocket for any clients needing direction on where would be a pretty backdrop for their ceremony/photos. With a few Covid-19 weddings under my belt, I'm happy to offer advice in any way I can from my previous experiences. Whether it may be recommending vendors, setting up a timeline for you, or just telling you that everything will work out beautifully.
There are perks to smaller weddings
Some of the perks I've seen to downsizing your wedding day to meet the restrictions is you're able to spend the day in a very laid back pace. Photos tend to be quicker, leaving you more time to enjoy your day and have a patio beer. You really get to focus in on your new spouse, and shape the day to however you want to spend it. Your day can be any but conventional. You don't have to feel guilty if you don't make it around to visiting all your guests. There's a zero percent chance of offending your distant Auntie that you don't really want to invite but would feel obligated under normal circumstances.
Getting married during a pandemic can be bad-ass.
Despite all the obstacles 2020 threw at them, these couples decided to elope/have a micro wedding of 10 or under and it was epic. Filled with so much love and a closely knit group.
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