Photo: Photography by Lauryn
The past year has turned everything on its head—from birthdays, to work, to even grocery shopping, nothing looks the same, especially weddings. We know you never anticipated your wedding becoming an event to worry about your loved ones’ safety, but there are a few important things to keep in mind while you try to navigate the unavoidable: at the end of the day, you get to marry someone you love, and start the rest of your lives together. The wedding itself is just the beginning! Plus—the ceremonies we’ve been seeing during covid are often intimate, sweet, and all the more meaningful for it. Here are a few of the trends we’ve been seeing that we think are a great way to still have a beautiful ceremony, despite everything.
One way to have a safer ceremony for your loved ones is to have a microwedding—cut the guest list down to only the most necessary (think: parents, siblings, wedding party, etc.). Having a smaller ceremony like this is not only safer, but has a lot of perks: with a smaller guest list, your budget goes a lot further, meaning you can really splurge on things you probably wouldn’t have with your original plan. Nicer champagne? Absolutely! The caterer you’re in love with that was just over budget? Not anymore! Plus, a lot of brides we’ve seen choosing this type of ceremony set their wedding up to be live streamed via Zoom or another video platform, (we like Eventlive) so that their other guests can still witness the ceremony without risking their health. Overall, this plan is a win-win: you get a stunning, intimate ceremony your parents can still attend, while still feeling the support of all your loved ones.
Minimonies are even smaller than microweddings, meaning in this type of ceremony you really cut the guest list down. Hear us out: a minimony gives you the best of both worlds—you’ll have a beautiful, intimate ceremony you and your partner will never forget, you’ll only have the people who mean the most to you in the entire world there, showering you with love and support...and then you throw the giant party you’ve always dreamed of later! Plenty of couples have been opting to have a “sequel wedding,” meaning they go ahead and get married in small, incredibly meaningful wedding ceremonies, and then wait to have the big celebration later! This keeps everyone safe, lets you go ahead and get married, and you get to have two weddings—frankly, we’re having a hard time seeing any cons here.