Intimate Gatherings and Small Guest Lists

Due to COVID-19, more people are having small and intimate wedding gatherings to abide by policies and guidelines. To prioritize the health and safety of families, couples are making the difficult decision to decrease their guest lists. Smaller weddings allow for a more intimate setting and atmosphere. As COVID guidelines relax, it will be interesting to see if this trend sticks or if there is a wave of large weddings.


Backyard Venues

Outdoor weddings have become more popular due to COVID-19 as it provides a safer environment and allows more space to social distance. Additionally, as guest lists have become smaller, intimate settings such as a backyard are being utilized.


Assigned Seating

While assigned seating is often used for specific family members during the ceremony, more people are using it for all their guests due to COVID-19. Seating groups by pods has also become popular as guests want to know who they are sitting with prior to the event.



Individualized Eating

Formal dinner services, and individualized food displays including mini wedding cakes, have become popular as a safety precaution for COVID-19. While buffet catering used to be the usual choice, couples are choosing individualized options to limit the sharing of utensils and uncovered food. This is made easier when you have smaller guest lists and assigned seating as mentioned earlier.


Live Streaming

As COVID-19 greatly affected people’s ability to travel, live streaming your ceremony has become an alternative option. For those who can’t travel or visit, live streaming is a great idea. While it may seem unconventional, as long as there are no technical issues live streaming allows for more friends and family to be involved and is a great way to record those special moments.


These are just a few trends that have risen since COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines. It will be interesting to see how many of them remain over the next few years, and which ones disappear. All these trends can be difficult to keep up with so why not utilize us for your wedding planning. Our Conference and Event Services Team can help you navigate the difficulty of planning a wedding and ensure your special day is perfect. Check us out on Instagram at going_tothechapel for beautiful pictures and inspiration!

  1. It’s Never Too Early to Start Planning

Begin planning as soon as you can. Events take a lot of preparation so start early and give yourself plenty of time. We recommend starting the planning process three months before your event.

  1. Create a Timeline

To stay prepared and clear-headed it is best to have a timeline for your event with appropriate deadlines. While not everything may go to plan, having a timeline will help you adapt to any sudden changes and allow you to visualize what needs to be done leading up to your event.

  1. Don’t Forget to Delegate

Planning an event is not easy and therefore not a one-person job. Don’t try to plan an important event all alone. Form or find a skilled team who can help you with the process.

  1. Utilize Social Media

Don’t forget to take pictures throughout the entire event planning process. While they are great for marketing your event and creating buzz, they are also great memories to have once the event finishes. Whether your event is a wedding or an educational conference, you will want to remember this experience.

  1. Stay Calm and Have Fun

Don’t forget to have fun at your event! You worked hard to plan and prepare, now it is time to enjoy it. You deserve it. Stay calm and try not to stress. The hard work is over so interact with your guests and have a good time.


These are just a few key tips to help you plan your event but do some more research. You can find lots of advice and tips online. If you’re looking for an event venue, take a look at our website! The University of Denver has venues for every occasion and with the help of our Conference and Event Services team, your event will be a huge success.