Sean & Michelle grew up in the same town, same school and mutual friends. It was fitting for them have a large wedding with all of their family and friends to celebrate their union. However, a global pandemic had different plans for them. It wasn’t an easy decision, but together they came up with safe yet awesome CoVid wedding ideas to still have the wedding everyone would enjoy.
To begin, Michelle & Sean decides to do a first look prior to the ceremony. We LOVE first looks! And Sean’s reaction did not disappoint..
Their ceremony was held at Most Precious Blood. Seats were separated accordingly, but filled with friends and family.
“We wanted a traditional Catholic Mass, and just to honor the family members that were not able to be there with us! It was such a special date, as it was Michelle’s grandparent’s anniversary and Sean’s great grandfather and grandfather’s birthdays!”
Of course, Michelle & Sean thought of cute ways to keep everyone safe. They had masks available to everyone-individually packaged- which also served as favors. SMART! There were navy masks for the men and floral masks for the women-matching their wedding colors perfectly.
One of my favorite CoVid wedding ideas were the programs designed by the groom, Sean. The programs were created like ‘newspapers’. It included Sean and Michelle’s story, church guidelines, bridal party information, even a crossword puzzle! You have to take a look!
Programs were passed out at the ceremony location because it also listed everyone’s table seating assignments. By doing this, we were able to avoid a crowd at the reception trying to find their seats at a table or even on a seating chart. Perfect, right?
Following the ceremony, the reception was held at the beautiful Tuscawilla Country Club located in Winter Springs, FL.
“We picked the Tuscawilla Country Club for many reasons! From an aesthetic view, we loved the look of the windows that surrounded the interior, and the view provided by the golf course. We like the convenience of having the catering, the linens, and drinks all provided by the venue, it felt like a one stop shop! Best of all, it fit our budget perfectly, and it was a local venue that we grew up attending events at!”
Unfortunately, Sean & Michelle had to un-invite more than half of their original guest count due to Covid-19 and social distancing guidelines. A smaller guest count didn’t take away from the macro experience planned. Tuscawilla Country Club provided the perfect space to help us adhere to the guidelines of having the tables and chairs six feet apart.
The couple still decided to keep their meal option as a buffet, but the staff at Tuscawilla was there (gloves and masks on) to assist in serving each guest to prevent unnecessary contact with all food and beverage
I wanted to have blush as the pop of color. I loved the idea of light neutral colors, and hints of gold! I wanted it to feel elegant and simplistic. For our centerpieces we collected bottles from friends and family throughout our engagement! We spray painted them all different kinds of gold designs, and had assorted flowers in them. Michelle DIY’d the table numbers on our Cricut machine!”
Michelle & Sean really thought of everything. Even placing hand sanitizer dispensers at each table. Since this was a must (thanks Covid-19 :/), it didn’t mean that we couldn’t turn the dispensers into something cute to match the aesthetic of the tables. So, Michelle took each dispenser and spray painted each of them to match the bottles and added a photo of her and Sean…LOVE!
Here are some other great CoVid wedding ideas seen at Michelle & Sean’s wedding:
If you want to have everyone fill out a guest book or well wishes, provide pens for each individual person.
Limit dancing by having more interactive games-like the Shoe game!
Faux cake as a display cake. And having a sheet cake in the back to avoid unnecessary contact from guests.
What about having our cake cutting moment? Don’t fret! You can still have that moment. For example, Michelle, owner of Bakers Cottage Cakes, still bakes in a portion of the cake for you to cut while the remainder of the cake is faux. GENIUS!
My favorite part of the day was sitting together with my new husband at dinner! It was both of our favorite moments. We loved that the stress of the day had started to dwindle down, and it was our first moment as a married couple together. We loved seeing our friends and family around the room talking and having fun!
Always remember what the day is for. Remember that when the day is over, you are marrying and saying yes to a lifetime with your best friend and someone that has promised to love and know you forever. The party, the favors, the decorations, the flowers, the food, even the guests are all supplementary to a moment of pure bliss and unity between you and your soon-to-be-spouse. The celebration is about acknowledging the bond not just with two people but of two families and how beautiful that is. Keep love in your heart and don’t sweat the details, because the details are just icing on the cake of happiness.
Truer words have never been spoken. Especially now, if you are planning or having a wedding during Covid-19. Don’t lose sight of what is most important: living in the moment….. loving every minute…. And laughing at the memories
Ceremony Location: Most Precious Blood Catholic Church
Reception Location: Tuscawilla Country Club
Wedding Coordinator: Live Love Laugh Events Co
Florist: Oviedo Florist
Photographer: Paige Mercer Photography
DJ: Geno Tech Subsidiaries
Wedding Cake: Baker’s Cottage Cakes
Hair & Makeup: Jazz It Up Artistry
Bride’s Dress: Lily’s Bridal Outlet
Designer: Maggie Sottero
Bridal Shoes: Jeweled by Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxes: Joseph A Banks
Invitations/ Stationary: Zola
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