4 ways to include all your wedding guests in your intimate wedding day

28 Jul 2020

Wedding ceremonies for up to 30 people have been allowed to take place since July 4 but plans to resume wedding receptions for the same number from August 1 have been put on hold until at least August 15. We look at four ways to include all your guests in a day when only a small number can physically attend 

It is estimated that around 73,600 weddings and civil partnerships were postponed during the first three months of lockdown – with couples either choosing to postpone their date until later this year or many simply postponing until 2021. 

For couples still planning a 2020 wedding, think about what you want from your day. There are positives to having a smaller-than-planned celebration. Marriage is a celebration of love and commitment to each other – a more intimate celebration could allow you to have a more relaxed or informal day, and concentrate on the relationships around you. 

Here’s four suggestions how you can include all your guests in an intimate celebration: 

  1. Virtual vows 
    Maybe live stream the ceremony so that guests who can’t be there physically can still watch you say your vows, or have a wedding hashtag and encourage all your guests to use this when posting pictures on social media so people at home can watch as the day unfolds.  

  1. Encourage recordings 
    Instead of having live speeches think about asking the speakers to record their speech beforehand – less nerve-wracking for them on the day and you could ask guests who can’t attend to send their own messages that can be included. 

  1. Fantastic favours 
    Choose interactive favours – something like sparklers or mini-photobooth props/signs and get them to all your guests before the celebration. Arrange a time for everyone to use them, take pictures and pop online - have a competition for the most creative use of them. 

  1. Mini celebrations 
    Think about holding a number of events over a few days – host the ceremony and immediate reception with sit-down meal at your chosen venue, you could follow this with a barbeque at home, a sit-down meal in a favourite restaurant, a picnic in the park - the opportunities are endless, as long as social distancing guidelines are being met. 


Tell us what changes you’ve made to your 2020 wedding celebrations by emailing amanda.griffiths@archant.co.uk  


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