With coronavirus canceling large weddings all over the world, tiny weddings are quickly becoming the wave of the future.
Also called “mirco-weddings,” these intimate affairs are barely larger than an elopement with their significantly pared-down guest lists.
Unlike eloping, though, tiny weddings give the couple a chance to create some semblance of their dream day.
Read on for the full story.
Tiny Weddings Becoming The Wave Of The Future
Since the coronavirus pandemic isn’t quite winding down as fast as we’d hoped, it looks like large gatherings of people will still be forbidden for a while.
In this context, more and more people are opting for small and private weddings, realizing the fact that something big will be out of the discussion for a while.
As an example, one of the biggest wedding venues in Fairmont, Edmonton’s Hotel MacDonald usually hosts around 150 weddings a year, each with around 250 guests.
Now, because of the restrictions, they are organizing small weddings of about 14 people.
Take a look at the video below for a quick overview of micro weddings.
The sales and marketing director, Danielle Lundy, says she’s pretty happy with the results so far.
The response has been fantastic. So we have plenty of weddings on the books for this summer that are going to move forward with these intimate ceremonies.
They are doing everything they can in order to assure the safety of their guests and respect the imposed safety guidelines.
We have increased cleaning at the hotel and of course physical distancing that we’re using for all of the ceremonies and receptions.
One couple setting up a great example of a small wedding, are Sherry and Robby Bowie, who went for a not-so-traditional wedding in their tattoo shop.
After realizing that it would be impossible to go ahead with their 120 guests wedding in Alberta, they decided to just go for it and use what they had at their disposal.
Everyone was very understanding. They were quite excited that we were making the best of what we could with the times being the way they are.
Micro Weddings Are Definitely The New Trend
Micro weddings are becoming such a trend that Good Morning America even did a special segment on how to pull them off.
Rebekah Andrews and her husband, Taylor Fawcett set another beautiful example of the micro-wedding trend.
Initially, they waited to see if going ahead with their 170-guest wedding was feasible, but eventually changed their plans.
The more we thought about it, we thought even if there [are] miracles on miracles and everything is back up and running in June, I don’t think anyone’s going to want to jump into a reception hall with 170 strangers and dance next to them.Advertisement
If all goes well though, they are planning to hold a celebration next summer, where they would invite all the initial guests and show them movies from the wedding.
This situation is the same all over the world.
In New York, Kate Whiting was about to spend $15,000 dollars to prepare for her wedding when the virus hit.
We were about to put a $15,000 deposit down on a venue when coronavirus hit. Why would I want to wait to marry my best friend?
Now, their 300-guests wedding is turning into a very intimate moment. One of their friends will officiate the wedding in their backyard on June 6.
According to the statistics, before the virus hit, the U.S. saw around 20,000 weddings every weekend.
Finding New Ways to Say “I Do”
Happily, people are finding ways to marry their significant others, and are giving up large groups of people in the favor of small and intimate moments.
If you recall, one lesbian couple even wed in the middle of the street in New York City, with their friend officiating from his window.
Another gay couple in San Francisco, César Salza and Kyle Hill, tied the knot in a friend’s backyard during a socially distanced ceremony.
Michele Velazquez, owner of Pop The Knot and a wedding planner herself, said that.
We already were quite busy, but sadly we have been receiving a ton of emails from clients that had their weddings canceled due to COVID and are now wanting to do a small pop-up.
Couples all over the world aren’t letting COVID-19 stop them from making their wedding dreams come true.
With a little ingenuity and creativity, micro-weddings give them the chance to still live out their magical day surrounded by those they love most.