As we grow more and more familiar with the global COVID-19 Pandemic, you may be wondering what it could mean for your 2021 wedding. The first thing you will want to remember is that you are not alone and everyday new ideas and new information becomes available. Try to look at this as an opportunity to be innovative and create something spectacular despite the odds in a more intimate setting. Intimate doesn’t ever have to mean mediocre and there are many ways to keep your guests safe whilst they celebrate.

What about the vaccine?

Yes you may have heard that the vaccine has been FDA approved and people are making the rounds to get vaccinated. This is definitely a step in the right direction however we must keep in mind that, according to Dr. Fauci the top infectious disease doctor in the country, at least 75% of Americans will need to get vaccinated before things may begin to return to normal for us. That being said, masks and social distancing are still recommended until then.

I’m inviting more than 100 guests! What should I do?

If you have invited a particularly large number of people to your wedding, it is acceptable to graciously uninvite guests in light of the pandemic. It is highly recommended that you keep your guest count as low as you can below 100 and maybe even less than that depending on the local gathering recommendations at that time. If it is a destination wedding be mindful of your guests travel plans as they may need to cancel flights and such if these were already booked previously.

What can I do to keep guest safe at the wedding?

Ask your guests to wear masks especially if it will be an indoor function. Make hand sanitizer readily available in various spaces. Use signage to promote one way traffic in common areas and to encourage air fives vs hugs and handshakes. Assigned seating is also a great help. Seat guests who live together all at the same table and seat those who are more vulnerable to the virus together in a space that is a safe distance away from others. You can also seat less people at each table. These are all great ways to help keep your loved ones safe at your wedding.

I really don’t feel comfortable. I think I would prefer to postpone.

This is definitely an option as well. First thing you want to do is let your vendors know starting with your venue so that you can find out what dates they still have available. After that review your insurance since many vendors may require a fee for postponement in 2021. Once you have finalized the new date with all of your vendors, you’ll want to inform your guests. Get in contact with your guests via phone, email, social media, and/or be sure to send out a “Change the Date” to make it official.

Romantic and intimate is often the way to go. Kaylee and Blake celebrated their love in a garden of tropical flora at The Conservatory of Magnolia Plantation. Their big day was rich in detail including a sentimental patch of Kaylee's grandfather's favorite flannel shirt stitched in the shape of a heart right into the fabric of her dress. And just wait until you see how they chose to include their precious fur-babies! It was truly a day to remember!


Venue: Magnolia Plantation

Photographer: Shelby Stewart (The Wedding Click)

Caterer: Crazy Dutchman Catering

Beauty: Charleston I Do

Cake: Southernly Sweet

Rentals: C&C Rentals

Music: Lee Edwards Entertainment

Planning their wedding from North Carolina, Shelby and Josh had a vision for a little of Charleston's historic charm. The Gadsden House with it's beautiful southern piazza full of magnolias and crepe myrtle played the backdrop to their wedding day. They offered a true Charlestonian meal complete with shrimp and grits and fried chicken served with a choice of honey or hot sauce. Personal touches included a beautiful dessert display near a fireplace draped in smilax and ruscus greenery and adorned with a small wooden giraffe whose presence was a commemoration to the Shelby's aunt. Additionally, Shelby is a ballet teacher. It was only fitting that the the bride and groom share a beautifully choreographed first dance and a live painter to capture it on canvas. Needless to say they danced the night away under the stars surrounded in love and in laughter.

Venue: The Gadsden House

Photographer: Bekah Leanne Photography

Caterer: King Street Hospitality

Videographer: Jacob McCaskill

Live Painter: Paint by Chloe

Beauty: Shadows and Shears

Rentals: Snyder Events

DJ: Music by Request

Cake/Dessert: Chantilly Cake Shop

Florist: OK Florist

Transportation: Charleston Rickshaw

String Lighting: Lowcountry Entertainment