It’s been more than a year since the pandemic shook up the wedding scene, forcing couples to reimagine their special day and severely downscale the guest list. These celebrations have been referred to as “micro weddings,” and they’re gaining a ton of traction. “Couples that have postponed their big wedding celebrations due to the pandemic are doing micro weddings on their originally planned wedding date and then scheduling their big wedding at a later date or a wedding anniversary celebration a year later,” notes Christine Terezakis, founder of Dreamday Destinations in Palm City. Some benefits of these smaller events, she says, are they require a shorter lead time to plan, they make curating a guest list easy, and they’re the most cost-effective for those with tight budgets. Ahead of your special day, Terezakis provides four tips for planning your own micro wedding.
Keep it simple. You won’t need the big lineup of vendors that are typically at a full-scale wedding. First, find your venue/location, include the basics (such as food and beverage), then add those extras like decor if your budget allows. A few must-haves: someone to officiate the marriage, food, beverages/alcohol, and a photographer to capture the day.
Take a different approach. Think of the reception as more of an upscale dinner party. This is an opportunity to spend time with each of your guests and to skip activities that might not be meaningful to you (like formal introductions or the bouquet and garter toss). You might keep more intimate activities, like toasts and cake cutting, in your plans.
Make it meaningful. This is an intimate gathering, so be sure to include sentimental details. A few ideas: Write your own vows, wear a piece of family jewelry, have a snip of your grandmother’s dress sewn into yours, seat everyone at one big reception table, and create handwritten messages for each guest at their seat.
Go virtual. Whether there are people who cannot attend or people whom you couldn’t invite, live-streaming your celebration is a great way to include them from afar.