So you and your fiancé(e) finally decided to tie the knot, despite the current state of the world. Congratulations! It’s not always easy, but love is always worth the fight. We should know—we’re not experts, but know what it’s like to fight for our relationship and to remain true to our commitment to each other, despite the odds.
Here are some tips and pointers to make your micro wedding special, unforgettable, and safe—because you and your future spouse deserve to celebrate your love, now more than ever.
Abide by health and safety guidelines
First of all, take every safety precaution to protect you and your guests from being infected by COVID-19. We live in abnormal times, and we need to consider the health of our loved ones. There have been multiple reports of weddings that have become superspreader events across America, and the last thing you want is for your wedding day to be tainted with that memory. More importantly, you want to protect your most vulnerable family and friends from this. Abide by your state’s guidelines on public gatherings—if they only allow less than 50 people per event, then don’t go beyond that. Encourage your guests to maintain physical distancing, and pepper the venue with hand sanitizers designed according to your wedding theme.
Choose an open-air venue
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations that we do not spend too much time in indoor restaurants because transmission risks are higher when people are in close contact, for many hours, in enclosed spaces. Mitigate this risk by booking an outdoor venue, like a whimsical barn wedding venue or a cozy Airbnb with a gorgeous garden. An outdoor venue, or something that allows for open doors and windows, is so much easier to style and make your own than an enclosed hotel or venue hall. It gives off a modern and rustic feel, too.
Invest in a good photographer and videographer
Regardless of the world’s state, an excellent photographer and videographer are always must-haves for every wedding. You want to remember this day for the rest of your lives, and you want your kids and grandkids to have something to look at when you tell them stories about this day.
Look at wedding photos on the internet to see what kind of color grading and styling you like, and look for photographers and videographers who have a similar style. Don’t go for the most expensive teams you can find; there is no shortage of wedding vendors who can document your special day in stunning ways without taking up half of your budget. Look for young, talented people who are just starting and who won’t charge too much just yet, and help build their portfolio by shooting your wedding.
Go all out with the details and design elements
A wedding of fewer than 50 people means more space, and more space means you can go all out with the styling and design elements. It also means that you can allot more budget for the look and feel of your wedding. At the same time, a micro wedding can give you a feeling of intimacy and coziness that a mid to big-sized wedding can never give.
When thinking of styling elements for your wedding, remember that you are designing the space, not just the tables. Plan everything—from the lighting to the fabrics, to the plants, and everything that can help create the kind of ambiance you’re hoping for. Just don’t forget to account for a physical distancing of six feet between people.
Live stream it for your nearest and dearest who didn’t make the cut
Hopefully, those who didn’t make the cut and weren’t invited to your wedding would understand the circumstances. To help ease their disappointment, consider live streaming the wedding for them and allowing them to watch via Zoom. Make sure your venue has a reliable internet connection and good lighting. Consider hiring a professional virtual streaming vendor so you won’t have to worry about the nitty-gritty and the technicalities of live streaming on the day. Online weddings are a trend now, and it provides you with an opportunity to share this special day with people, despite the COVID-19 crisis.
Love Conquers All
There is nothing more romantic than choosing to cement your commitment to the person you love for the rest of your lives. And more than the wedding day, it’s more important to build a love that will last through everyday kindness, understanding, and respect. So don’t allow yourselves to be too stressed by this one day, and allow it to bring you two closer. Congratulations, you guys! We’re rooting for you!