A creative solution to Covid wedding restrictions meant not one, but two wedding receptions for this Calgary couple! Lauren & Braden decided that splitting their reception into a double header was the best way to be able to celebrate their wedding at Venue 308 with both friends and family.
Compromising on Covid wedding restrictions doesn’t mean you have to compromise on wedding style. Modern floral arrangements by Pine for Cedar and Lauren’s Theia Couture gown added to the stylish downtown aesthetic of Venue 308!
From the couple:
When things were looking slightly better in August, with gathering restrictions being relaxed, we worked hard to pick up where we left off planning. The border closure and aversion to travel meant our guest list shrank from 125 down to 75. While we could have all 75 guests at the ceremony, we had a hard limit of 40 guests we could have for dinner, and we knew that was not going to cut it. We tossed around many hair-brained ideas, but thought a double-header reception would work best. We would have our ceremony on our original date, followed by a reception with family, and a second reception the next night with our friends (with immediate family also in attendance). This way we were able to celebrate with all those who could attend! While we weren’t able to have a dance, our wedding felt intimate and personal. The gathering restrictions and double-header meant that we had more time to spend with each group. A true silver lining of COVID.
When gathering restrictions increased to 50 people for a reception, we deliberated and decided that things may not change in 2021 and we didn’t want to delay our marriage. We sent out a “pre-invitation” to our guests to reply to, letting us know if they were comfortable and able to attend both of our wedding celebration days with the double-header. We would have all guests attend our ceremony on October 11th and break the receptions into two smaller groups. Once we had a final tally, we notified guests which dinner they were invited to attend. Thankfully, we only had to make two calls to notify guests that we had reached our occupancy maximum for the dinners.
Since we had stopped planning entirely, it that meant we had a lot of vendors to book and a whole wedding to plan in just three months. Luckily, with so many weddings rescheduled to 2021, many vendors were available and were extremely flexible with our double-header wedding.
While safety of your family and friends is of utmost importance, don’t forget about your vendors too. We asked our vendors what we could do to help them feel safe during the day and while it was a simple question, none had been asked before. They appreciated the thought and concern for their safety too.
We also considered what different guests would most want to participate in. For some, having the livestream of the ceremony was great if they were more risk averse or couldn’t attend. For others, being at the ceremony was important, but the reception was not. For family, they wanted some intimate time with us and to meet the bride/groom’s family. This allowed us to customize each part of the wedding to a smaller crowd who valued an aspect of the wedding celebration the most.
From the photographer:
Vendors: Photography: Sue Moodie // Florals – Pine for Cedar // Catering: Food Works Craft Catering // Hair: Jessie Liao // Makeup: Bellamore Beauty // Venue: Venue 308 // Suit: Ed Williams // Dress: Pearl & Dot, Theia Couture // Officiant: Vows By Judy // Bridesmaids Dresses: Birdy Grey