Micro Weddings, Let’s Celebrate!

Weddings are my favorite! They are the symbol of a new start and are a time worth celebrating in a couple’s life. And right now we all need reasons to smile. I feel the same way about newborns. No matter how the joy is shared it is still a beautiful occasion. And although events during these times may be a bit different – they are still so much fun! Recently a wedding planner friend Dana and I had a chat about the new trend of micro weddings. And I asked her to share more of what she is seeing in our area and abroad. 

The New Face of Weddings
by Dana Renae Propes

The current situation has impacted so many people in so many ways. But one overlooked industry is the wedding industry. Full of eager couples, excited guests and many talented vendors who depend on the industry of love. The face of weddings, at least for the moment has changed. We are being restricted as business owners and service providers and couples are facing some very hard and unexpected decisions.

Imagine, you have been planning your wedding for nearly a year. You have booked all your favorite vendors, reserved your dream venue and chose a special wedding date. But then Covid-19 hit. All the planning came to an immediate halt. You wait anxiously to pick up your dress and are holding onto your wedding invites wondering if you should send them out or not. You watch daily updates, contact vendors and speak with your venue. After all the waiting, you are faced with postponing your wedding till next year or opting for the new popular option – a micro wedding followed by an anniversary reception.

Think of an intimate wedding that married your Pinterest board all organized in a complete package. You enjoy a beautifully designed wedding ceremony, gorgeous flowers, a delicious mini wedding cake and an artfully designed dinner table for you and your guests to enjoy. A micro wedding typically accommodates 10-40 people and is a shortened version of a typical wedding. This is a fabulous option for those couples wanting to get married now and celebrate later.

A timeline for a micro wedding can be:
1:00 pm hair & makeup
3:00 pm pre wedding photos/first look etc.
4:30 pm wedding party arrives at venue
5:30 pm ceremony
6:00 pm more photos and visiting
6:30 pm dinner
7:15 pm toasts
7:30 pm cake cutting/dessert
8:30 pm event over (evening sunset photos)

Intimate weddings are a simpler version of the traditional weddings and have been around for many years. I am sure you can see why so many couples are opting for a micro wedding followed by an anniversary reception a year later. Most vendors that I have worked with are splitting their time between the two days and are adjusting their current services, packages and pricing to meet the changing needs of the current wedding reality. Venues and vendors have jumped on board to help accommodate couples. We are all eager to get back to work even if it’s a micro version of what we are used to. Bring on your “micro wedding” and we will celebrate hard next year at your anniversary reception!

Dana Renae Propes
Wedding Planner & Designer

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