This should be the easiest decision of the whole day. Obviously we know that you and your partner aren’t going to stand six feet apart, wear N-95 masks (custom bandanas might be cool though), and Lysol each other down while saying your vows…Unless you want to (would it still be legally binding, we don’t know), we’ll just leave that up to you.
This should be fairly simple for you as well, since you most-likely know your families’ dynamics. We recommend splitting the families among each respective partner just like your standard ceremony and appropriately spacing the family members at their comfort levels of those around them (introverts rejoice). All attendees should also make sure they are still self-screening before arriving at your ceremony and make sure if they show any symptoms, abstain from attending. Now when it comes to your guests that are elderly, immunocompromised, or currently sick, unfortunately, we’d recommend they stay home all-together. We hate to exclude any loved ones but their health and safety are paramount! A wonderful way to include these loved ones would be, before your big day, send them a small care package with a handwritten letter, their favorite celebratory beverage to toast your love, and a URL link to view a live stream of your ceremony (Facebook Live, Zoom Chat, etc).
This is where things get a bit hairy, as you will be working with many different egos, attitudes, and beliefs. If your vendors are anything like us or the people we work with, they will want your day to be absolutely perfect and will accommodate your preferences! We recommend that when choosing a planner, venue, officiant, photographer, videographer, florist, string quartet, etc; that you ensure they will take all proper precautions and follow all CDC operating guidelines for your safety. To ensure this, you must confirm that you have listed, in writing, the exact PPE (Personal Protective Equipment: N95 Masks, Gloves, etc) they must wear, the specific distancing protocols, and sanitation guidelines that you’d like put in place when serving you. Make sure this is all included in the contract you sign when booking with your vendor! This is very important! Don’t be afraid to go over this with your current vendors either, it’s in everyone’s benefit and there is never a reason a vendor should make you feel uncomfortable on your elopement day!
We know these times can be scary and difficult to navigate, but you shouldn’t have to suffer. The ceremony of your dreams is still possible, pandemic or not! So get excited, the best days are still ahead of you!
We hope that our quick guide was helpful to you! If you have any further questions or would like to go in-depth with us, please feel free to contact us. We are always here to help and we want to make sure your big day is perfect, whether you choose Luxe or not!
Where We’re At Now:
After months of being in quarantine, social distancing, excessively washing our hands, wearing masks and gloves and whatever else that could possibly protect us from this invisible threat; us Texans are raring to go back to our pre-pandemic life. Especially those whose marriage plans have been affected by this viral event. As Texas begins to slowly reopen beaches, parks, restaurants and businesses; it’s beginning to feel like the COVID-19 Pandemic is nearing its end, but that’s not the case.
The coronavirus is still a very real threat that we need to respect and take seriously as we inevitably move forward with our weddings and elopements. Luxe Elope is here to help guide you to your ultimate elopement ceremony while keeping you, your partner, your guests, and your vendors safe and healthy! Whether or not you’re booking your elopement through Luxe, we want to be sure you have the knowledge and confidence in creating your perfect day!
Eloping in a Pandemic:
By now, we’re sure you’re well aware of all standard precautions when it comes to coronavirus prevention. But you may be asking yourself, “what would that look like at my ceremony?” Like the CDC, we also recommend you take the same precautions: avoid close contact, regular washing of hands, cover coughs and sneezes, etcetera, etcetera. Below we’ve provided a breakdown of protocol for every aspect of your elopement.