Tips for Scaling Down Your Upcoming Wedding

Months ago, you probably had no idea how much the world would change in such a short amount of time or the extent to which it would affect your wedding. While weddings are back on, you will still need to take certain safety precautions for you and your guests. This may entail cutting down the guest list or hiring a drop-off catering service. 

Nonetheless, these small changes are doable and you can still throw a gorgeous wedding ceremony. Top BBQ wedding caterer, The Smokehouse Grill, offers tips on scaling down your upcoming wedding in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to Scale Down Your Wedding

Expert BBQ wedding caterer offers tips on adjusting your wedding plans in the midst of the pandemic

bride and groom holding hands

Scaling down your wedding can be time-consuming, but it is worth it for the safety of you and your loved ones. There are a number of things you can do to scale down your wedding, such as cutting your wedding list and consolidating certain services. Many wedding companies offer comprehensive wedding packages for couples, making it easy for them to reduce the number of vendors they work with. 

1. Cut Down Your Wedding Guest List

Cutting down your wedding guest is inevitable. The higher the amount of people at your wedding, the greater the risk you have of spreading the virus. 

The number of people you end up cutting will depend on whether your wedding is held outdoors or indoors. Most indoor venues cannot be filled at over 50% capacity. Outdoor weddings are typically encouraged over indoor ones. However, you will still need to scale down your invitation list if you move your wedding outside. 

Narrowing your guest list is going to be difficult. But it is doable. Most people keep their wedding invitations to close friends and family members. As you go through your list, consider cutting people such as:

  • Plus ones you have never met
  • Family members that you haven’t talked to in a while
  • Friends that you lost touch with
  • Children of guests
  • Work acquaintances and colleagues
  • Friends of friends you don’t really know that well 
  • People that would have to fly over to attend the wedding

Most guests will understand why you are shortening your invitation list. Luckily, there are other ways you can include them in your wedding. Many couples in the past have set up live video streams for external guests to view. That way, they won’t completely miss out on your special wedding ceremony.

2. Fill Up the Empty Floor Space with Stunning Decorations

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Fewer people inevitably means more empty space at the venue, regardless of whether you host it inside or outside. Don’t let this empty space fill you up with sadness or regret over the changes in your wedding. Instead, take this as an opportunity to spruce up the place a little more. 

Consider changing it up with these fun and creative wedding decoration ideas:

  • Add stunning draps to the ceilings for a more formal look
  • Suspend gorgeous flower arrangements above the tables
  • Use a chalkboard to welcome guests to the reception area
  • Add a family photo wall
  • Hang strings of light around the reception area for a romantic touch

3. Hire a Drop-Off Catering Service

You might need to consider changing up your catering service. Traditionally, you could rely on catering services to handle the hors d’oeuvres, entrees, desserts, and drinks. But now you have to think about how many people that will add to your wedding. If you want to limit the number of people at your wedding as much as possible, consider hiring a drop-off catering service

At The Smokehouse Grill, you have a wide variety of packages to choose from, including upscale dinners, appetizers, seafood entrees, BBQ, and alcohol packages. Since it’s the summer, it only makes sense to host a BBQ wedding. The Smokehouse Grill’s savory BBQ packages include mouthwatering options such as:

  • Pulled pork
  • BBQ chicken
  • Turkey burgers
  • All beef hot dogs
  • Sweet italian sausage

4. Consider Calling a Wedding Planner for Extra Help

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When attempting to plan a wedding in the middle of the pandemic, it might be useful to have some extra help by your side. Your wedding planner can help you manage different vendors, make last-minute changes, adjust your wedding list, and more. Having someone who is trained to handle a crazy schedule and a potentially stressful event can be a lifesaver. 

Hosting a wedding during the pandemic comes with a unique set of challenges. But it is possible to throw one that will take up a special part of your memories for years to come. Need some help with the food? The Smokehouse Grill is ready to help you host the entertaining and unforgettable BBQ wedding of your dreams. Contact the team today for more details.