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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a change in plans for anyone throwing an event this year—especially couples wanting to wed. But the coronavirus doesn’t have to lead to canceling your big day. Instead, it’s time to think outside the box, starting with a venue that will allow you to say I do and still meet social distance guidelines. Here are a few alternative venues to consider.
Even before coronavirus appeared, many couples were embracing the idea of getting married at home. Whether it’s the one you already share or one of your parents’ houses, saying I do in the backyard allows you to personalize your wedding day in a unique way. Don’t have a big enough backyard? Look into renting a house with ample outdoor space on Airbnb or Vrbo.
This gives the at-home wedding a unique twist. “It allows people to gather in the yard and on the street rather than having to walk through your house to get to the backyard,” says Kaitlin Cooper of Kaitlin Cooper Photography.
Some couples have opted to say I do at the local outdoor movie theatre, with guests watching from their cars and the ceremony broadcast on the big screen.
Call your town hall to see if you might be able to rent out a section of your local park for a few hours.
See if you can get married at a high school or college football field. “With rows of bleachers, it makes it really simple for all of your guests to sit far enough apart while still having a great view of you and your fiancé saying your vows to one another,” says Collins.
If your dream is to get married near the water, a nearby beach is still a great location since you can make sure everyone’s seated six feet apart.
Perfect for the couple that loves the great outdoors, hosting your wedding at a campground allows everyone to spread out and stay in their own tents if they choose to.
Take a drive to your favorite mountain top, and invite your immediate family, the officiant, and a photographer to capture the moments. “If you’re feeling sad about not having your entire guest list there, consider having a videographer record the ceremony. Then, once the pandemic is over, you can hold a reception with your guests and have everyone watch the ceremony together,” says Cooper.
Live close to a local farm? It can make for a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony and your photos.