Wow, I can honestly say that 2020 has been a crazy, disappointing, different, scary and hopeful time for all of us. I have had to reschedule and cancel events and be the shoulder to those brides that don't know if she will be able to get married or not. Life has been full of changes but as a caterer that specializes in small to mid sized events we have welcomed the challenge.
Enter the Micro Wedding.
A micro wedding is a ceremony/reception that is 50 people or less. And really the only thing that changes is the amount of people. Although many opt to streamline and simplify, you can make your event as grand as you would like.. just on a smaller scale. In the downsizing of your event you can save on the amount you spend but some can go as high as $10,000. That still can be a savings in the scheme of things.
I personally like the smaller and more intimate weddings. Rather than spending a minute or two with each guest, you have the opportunity to enjoy quality time and talk and enjoy the moments that happen with fewer people to entertain.
Just because your wedding is smaller, don't forget the traditions that are important to you. If it means wearing that special dress, carrying a certain bouquet or a memorable song, it's important to include those on your day.
Some micro weddings will adhere to the traditional sit down or buffet, but why not go with the unconventional cocktail style reception? To make people feel safer you can always consider single serving drinks or single plated food options.
Pay attention to the details. Use beautiful linens, a handwritten note card at each seat, reading love letters at the ceremony or a personal favorite dish at dinner. Your wedding is more intimate and will allow for more creativity that will make the entire event more special and inclusive to your guests.
Go smaller with your cake. I have seen brides with a small tiered cake or frosted bundt cake to cut and then have cupcakes and pastries for their guests. The beauty of a smaller wedding allows you to be a bit more creative with the sweet treats.
No matter what you decide just remember it's your wedding and it will be beautiful despite all of the challenges many couples have had to face. Some will wait until they can have the big ceremony they have always dreamed of while others will prefer to move forward as planned, just on a smaller scale. The choice is yours and you don't have to sacrifice style or safety when planning your wedding day.
Photo credits to The Vacation Channel.