As event professionals, we’re always looking to stay ahead of the curve, perfect the next big trend, and pivot our business when the market changes. There’s that word again: “pivot”. We’ve been hearing it for months now. But in times like these, that’s exactly what we must do–put our best foot forward when our worlds get turned upside down. That’s why this team of open-minded and quick thinking pros got together to produce a “physically distanced” styled shoot and show their clients that there is still a way to celebrate, and do it safely and beautifully.
The stunning North Star Gatherings in Idaho Springs provided the backdrop for this wedding styled shoot. The venue, which can seat up to 170 guests in its main hall, was set for 50 to ensure physical distancing between tables. Farm tables that can seat ten were set for only four and mixed with intimate round tables to maximize spacing. Floral arrangements designed by Studio Q Events added additional safety between groups with barriers disguised as separating centerpieces.
AllWell Rents provided the ceremony seating ranging from lounge chairs to upgraded garden chairs and benches to allow for socially-distanced small group seating on the deck. Their revamped sanitation procedures included a wipe down of all surfaces to ensure cleanliness before guests were seated. The mock ceremony also showcased a masked live musical duo placed six feet from the first row of guests, compliments of TH Entertainment.
Food and beverage service has definitely been one of the hot topics of safe event hosting. Catering By Design showed off their new staff uniforms including masks and gloves and highlighted their revised menu service including non-self-service menus and individually plated hors d’oeuvres. In addition to masks and gloves, the Party Liquor staff also introduced their new plexiglass separator that can be placed on top of the bar and provide added separation between staff and guests while ordering beverages. Desserts by Ruby Jean Patisserie were all individually wrapped and available as perfectly delectable treats to take home.
A service that has definitely increased in popularity is live streaming for those guests that are unable to join in the celebration in person. TH Entertainment showed off an option for helping those guests feel a part of the day with a large screen with live audio and video feed allowing the couple to interact with family and friends and virtually experience everything in real-time. They’ve even taken contactless service to the next level by developing a “virtual DJ” where a top-quality speaker system is delivered to the venue but run by a DJ at their office who can see and hear the event, manage sound, and even make announcements remotely.
The shoot was designed and styled by Prisma Events along with Ashleigh Wurzbach Photography to bring to light some of the inventive ways vendors are working outside of the box to make events still something to celebrate. We can still come together and we can do it safely.