Only a year ago, the idea of having a “sanitizing station” at a wedding would have sent even the most germophobic couples into fits of laughter. Fast-forward to now and sanitizing stations at weddings have become the norm. Even if guests aren’t expecting one, a sanitizing station is a great way to let everyone know that you’re taking all precautions seriously—and to nudge people to stay safe and practice good hand hygiene. But even though the concept of a sanitizing station might seem like an eyesore in your otherwise beautiful venue space, it can be executed in a stylish way that seamlessly blends in with your other event décor.
First, let’s talk basics: You’ll want to discuss with your venue coordinator where to place these stations, and how many to have based on your event size. Some key placement spots: near the entrance and exits, outside of the restrooms, and by any other heavily trafficked doorways or areas.
Your venue may be able to provide you with some options for dispensers; otherwise talk with your rental company or wedding planner about rental options. (FYI: Touchless dispensers are best in order to prevent the spread of germs that comes with lots of people touching the same pump.) You can buy your own touchless dispensers, but be wary of the size: too small and you risk having to refill it constantly throughout the night. If you choose to go with pump dispensers, make sure to have a few bottles on each table, and look for large-size bottles. (Bonus points for wrapping each in a custom sticker; we love these, but there are plenty of customizable templates on Etsy!) Whatever your choice, remember to let your wedding coordinator know the plan so the team can designate someone to make sure the dispensers are always filled.
Then comes the fun part: turning a practical, sterile station into something that speaks to your wedding theme and decor. Talk with your florist or event decorator to have a small floral arrangement at each table. Be sure to introduce signage, and have fun with it! “Spread love, not germs” is a wedding favorite, while this couple went with an awesome throwback MC Hammer reference.
For even more sanitizing backup, put a small bottle of hand sanitizer or packet of hand disinfecting wipes at each guest’s place. (Again, bonus points for a custom bottle sticker!) These can be used as your favor or simply as another subtle reminder to guests to wash up and wipe down. Your guests will thank you—and you’ll have a better time knowing that everyone at your wedding is, as the sign says, spreading love and not germs.