If you're one of thousands of couples who've had to make the difficult decision to cancel, postpone or ‘reshape' your wedding due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you're probably feeling pretty deflated and a bit emotional. So, what are your options if you still want to go ahead and make it official while abiding by current restrictions and keeping everyone safe?
A micro-wedding or ‘minimony' has all the romance and traditions of your dream wedding, but on a much smaller scale. Here are some tips and ideas to consider when planning and hosting a micro-wedding that's big on joy and special memories.
Your venue is key to a beautiful celebration
With a smaller guest list, there are plenty of options for a unique and special place to hold your wedding – perhaps even venues that were previously out of your budget. So now's the chance to choose your dream venue. Consider an exclusive, lavish hotel where you can book a private room for your ceremony and celebration, and treat your guests to a night or two away from home. Follow up with a decadent breakfast or champagne brunch the next day with all your needs taken care of. Hotels are usually well set up to cater for every little detail, so you know you and your guests will be spoilt and looked after during the whole experience.
Meaningful and personal
Chances are the few people who'll be joining in your celebration are your absolute closest family and friends, so you'll know lots about them and their tastes. Tailored menus, personalised cocktails, flowers for each guest, handwritten personal notes, and touching keepsakes to remember your day are all ways to make your guests feel special and add to the delight of an intimate and meaningful celebration.
Create a virtually perfect day
Just because your guest list can't all be there in person, it doesn't mean they can't be there at all. Speak to your venue about live streaming your ceremony and wedding breakfast so guests can attend virtually. Choose the interactive option so they can join in with your speeches – you could even send everyone a bottle of fizz beforehand to share the toast with you. Finally, ask guests to send you a photo of them in their finery so you can add to your wedding album.
A happily-ever-after to remember
An intimate wedding doesn't mean you have to miss out on celebrating with all of your family and friends at a later date. Host a happily ever after-party on your 1st anniversary! It's a great chance to wear your wedding dress and suit again (or a good excuse to buy a second one!). Plus, planning your bigger celebration is a great way to banish those post-wedding blues.