A young engaged couple planning their wedding from their sofaPlanning a wedding during a pandemic is something that none of us probably ever thought we would have to do in our lifetimes. Yet, here we are, as couples want to have a wedding and as vendors, ready and willing but in most cases right now, unable to provide traditional weddings and receptions.
 
As necessity is the mother of invention, creative brains went to work, and now there are a few ways that you can get married during a pandemic, all while keeping you and your family safe.
 
First, you have to determine if you really want to get married right now. If you were planning on having a big crowd to celebrate your love, you might want to wait until next year (or even 2022). Right now, you will have to make some big changes to your big plans. If you can consider doing things a little (or in some cases a lot) differently, consider these three options:
 

The Micro Wedding

Changing plans to a Micro Wedding format is a great option for couples who are okay with simply having an intimate wedding ceremony with up to 50 people. Currently, as indoor venues aren’t allowed to let people gather in large groups, you can have an indoor ceremony at a venue. You just have to keep the number of guests to an absolute minimum. The maximum varies at each venue, depending on their size.
 
Though it may be hard to think about having only your closest few people attend, you can always have it live-streamed from your venue (if their Internet is fast enough). In this way, those who you want to attend all over the world can join you live and not miss a moment of your ceremony.
 
This solution can cost less than a traditional wedding. However, if the cost is less of an issue, you can always spend a bit more decorating the venue and hiring a videographer so that you capture your day is a unique and personal way.
 

The Mini-mony

Sometimes, celebrating your wedding with the “big list” is important so for this instance, you can have a “Mini-mony.”
 
This means that you have a ceremony now (like the Micro Wedding), but you plan to have your reception later. This will satisfy both being able to marry now if that is something you really want to do, but still be able to celebrate your union with all who are important to both of you.
 

The Phase Wedding

Now, this option is a little more complex. It will take a lot more planning and take a bit of a bite out of the couple. It allows you to have a “big” wedding now and see all of your friends and family, though not in a traditional way.
 
With a Phase Wedding, you will have your friends and family join you for different parts of your special day. For instance, let’s say you can have 75 people in a venue at a time. You would have your closest 75 at the wedding, then, those guests would leave, and your next 75 people would join you for the next part of the wedding. Then those 75 would make way for the next 75 and so forth.
 
A Phase Wedding will take more planning because you don’t have to have all of your first 75 clear out in the first wave, but you can choose who you ask to stay and who will not (usually grandparents and older attendees) so that others can come in and join you.
 
You will need several different invitations with different times listed for your guests and someone to keep track of how many people are in the facility at once. Often, your wedding planner, or at the very least, the wedding coordinator at your venue can certainly assist in that chore. There’s more to coordinate, but it may be worth seeing everyone on your special day.
 
 
We all have to be flexible in these uncertain times, and finding ways to have weddings is certainly a hot topic right now. We are happy to help you hold your wedding at The Foothills Event Center as long as we stay within the county guidelines. If we’re unable to hold the wedding of your dreams when you have booked it, we’ll move your reserved date and waive our rescheduling fee.
 
You can also consider Rough & Ready Vineyards, a beautiful outdoor venue near Penn Valley, in Rough & Ready, California:

 

Rough & Ready Vineyards – Northern California’s Hidden Gem!


Bride at the Rough & Ready VineyardsSome brides choose an outdoor wedding with an indoor reception at the Foothills Event Center. At our sister venue, Rough & Ready Vineyards, you can enjoy 16 private acres of historic ranch property including park-like gardens, a seasonal creek, and a vineyard. It’s a beautifully-maintained venue with picturesque, romantic views for your outdoor wedding ceremony and reception.
 
Though nestled into the rolling hills of historic Nevada County, Rough & Ready Vineyards is easy to find off of Highway 20. It’s near the small gold-rush town of Rough and Ready, located between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. From explosive spring blooms and Gold Country summers to bright-colored fall seasons and snowy winter days this estate is beautiful all year round! Visit RoughandReadyVineyards.com or call
530-432-7375 to learn more.
Amanda Rodgers
Written by Amanda Rodgers

Amanda has over 30 years’ experience in promotions, marketing, event production, operations, and fundraising in both the entertainment and corporate markets. She began producing events at the young age of 16 at a local community radio station. A few years later, Amanda moved to Palo Alto to work at an Apple software retail company. She worked for several software startup companies, including Wollongong, Attachmate, and RadMedia, managing their trade show events across the country. In 1993, she moved back to Nevada County, resumed managing events for her local radio station, and produced private events and weddings as an independent contractor.

As an independent contractor, she has broadened her reach and experience and has participated in events with organizations such as Vanern Enterprises. There, she was in registration for a global congress in Montreal, Canada, and Caspian Agency out of Los Angeles, where she was on the team that orchestrated Al Gore’s worldwide VIP movie premiere for An Inconvenient Sequel, Truth to Power. She took a position with Music in the Mountains, a classical music production company. She managed both their Production and Operations departments for almost two years before joining Foothills Events Center as the Venue Assistant Manager in 2019.

Amanda assists with all aspects of the Foothills Event Center’s concerts, parties, celebrations, fundraisers, weddings, and other events. She observes our events as they happen, to ensure the clients and event attendees have a seamless event.