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The coronavirus has turned 2020 on its head. Even the best-laid out plans have had to be altered, and many happy couples from all over the country have been forced to either cancel or postpone their weddings…

But with the country moving to Level 1 restrictions, many South Africans are slowly beginning to enjoy a little more freedom compared to when we were under Level 5. Here is what you need to know about planning your big day during a pandemic.

Choosing the dream location

One of the great benefits of our Level 1 regulations is the fact that we are now able to travel anywhere in the country AND guests can – hopefully – join us from overseas (there are still some restrictions and limitations around international travel). This means couples are now free to choose any dreamy location they want.

For those who would like to celebrate their big day in KwaZulu-Natal, BON Hotel Empangeni is a great place to celebrate such a joyous occasion. Situated in the heart of the town’s business district, half-way between Durban and Swaziland and 15km from Richards Bay, this hotel is a great place to say “I Do.”

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The hotel also has a beautiful Koi pond, which is a perfect spot to capture some family portraits. The Mother City’s Grand Africa Cafe and Beach situated in the Waterfront is another beautiful venue to host such a lovely occasion. The backdrop of the ocean makes it an ideal place to tie the knot. The weather in Cape Town is also superb towards the end of September and beginning of October, making it a wonderful place to get married.

Plan ahead

With curfews and social distancing still very much in play, make time to plan the big day with your support team.

Get all your bridesmaids involved in one big Zoom chat, making sure everyone has a ready supply of snacks and drinks. Play music in the background to set the scene for some fun.

This is also a great way for you to brainstorm themes and other ideas you may be considering for your big day. You could also just use this time to catch up with your besties from the safety of your home.

Beach wedding

Know the regulations off by heart

With lockdown at Level 1, you and your partner should know the dos and don’ts off by heart. This means making sure that everyone invited to the wedding abides by the rules at all times.

One of these rules is not filling more than 50% of the venue where you host your event, and practising social distancing at all times. This is up to a maximum of 250 people for indoor gatherings and 500 people for outdoor gatherings.

Another important rule to remember is that no one is allowed to be out on the roads after midnight.  So, choosing a hotel as the venue for the wedding reception would be a good idea so that everyone can stay over at the property.

Safety first!

Lastly, the most important thing to remember during this unprecedented time is to bring along all the safety equipment you need. Make sure that everyone at the wedding is practising their social distancing and sanitizing their hands regularly and whenever visiting a new place. The last thing you want is to contract the coronavirus on your wedding day!

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