Wedding Wellness Tips & Tricks
Navigating life in a world of social distancing will take some getting used to. Most industries and businesses are making drastic changes for the increased safety and well-being of their employees and clientele. At the Outer Banks Wedding Association, we are encouraging our members to do the same, and to follow in compliance with state mandated orders and practices.
Under Executive Order 121, weddings are subject to the mass gathering ban and may not consist of more than 10 people for the time being. For those who are having to postpone or plan weddings during this time, we have compiled some helpful tips for your future event.
First, if you plan on an event with 100+ guests, start planning now! Larger events will require longer lead times with more involved logistics due to Covid-19 safety. Also, be sure to factor staff into overall group size. You may even consider staggering staff entry and leave times to allow for more guests.
When looking for a venue, urge the use of a room or event space large enough to prevent crowding for the number of expected guests. Utilize the warmer months coming up for outdoor spaces and open air environments where guests won’t feel so cluttered. If the event does take place indoors, make sure the room has airflow with open windows and doors.
For ceremony seating, consider setting up small groups of chairs near one another while still accommodating the social distancing recommendations. For example, setting up columns of two chairs each with six-foot aisles in between. Think theater setup with an increased number of aisles. This way, guests can sit in pairs and still be a safe distance from potential “unknown” risks.
Regarding reception seating, keep tables six-feet apart and create 12-feet aisles wherever possible. Try to have multiple bars and serving areas to reduce lines of people waiting for food and drinks. You can even use tasteful tape markers to indicate how far apart guest should stand. If possible, add sneeze guards where necessary to reduce the spread of germs to staff.
For food service, it is important to restrict the number of people in the kitchen and preparation spaces to limit the number of people handling the food. If you choose to have a cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres, use toothpicks for all finger foods so guests will refrain from touching the food directly. If you choose a buffet style dinner, provide clean serving utensils, or arrange for a staff member who is trained in safe food handling to serve at each station. Consider keeping the food on display low and restock more frequently to reduce the amount of food in contact with guests.
It is also important to have allocated staff for the sanitization of door handles, entry/exit points, bathrooms and to provide masks to guests and staff. For those with weddings in event homes, make sure to place disposable hand towels and products in all common areas.
At the Outer Banks Wedding Association, we are hopeful that you will choose the Outer Banks as your wedding destination and will also implement safety procedures at your event for the health of others. If you have any questions, please email us. If you would like to reach our vendors, please submit a contact form. We look forward to having you & your love is not canceled!
Header Image: Sarah D'Ambra Photography
Venue: The Elizabethan Gardens