Alright, let’s be honest: planning your wedding during the COVID-19 pandemic has probably been more than just a little challenging. However, love is bigger than anything, even a pandemic. It can’t be stopped and neither should your wedding! Instead, I’m here to help you embrace planning your wedding during COVID-19 and saying “I do” to a smaller wedding.
First things first: why have a small wedding?
The most obvious benefit is that it cuts down on the overall wedding costs. Not only that, but you can take advantage of the fact that you can plan a bomb-tastic wedding that you couldn’t afford with that 175 person guest list you thought you had. Go ahead and order that bottle of champagne for each table!
A more intimate guest list also means that you can spend more quality time with the people who mean the most to you in the world. Instead of running table to table, handshake to handshake, you can sit and enjoy your guests, and they get to spend time with you as well.
I can tell you; I can physically see this with my couples and smaller weddings. They just look more relaxed, instead of spending their day on “obligations.” And chiller couples=better photos.
Add to that, I hear guests saying that they are loving the ability to attend these smaller weddings as they have a more personalized guest experience. It makes the wedding more of an experience for them.
You might be struggling with how to approach creating or slimming down your guest list. Here’s an insider secret; this can be a blessing in disguise. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, you may be required to limit the number of your guests, so start here; ask yourself (pre-pandemic), have you seen this person in the past year?
Do you see yourself having a relationship with this person in the next five years?
Are you inviting them because there’s social pressure to ask them?
The bonus of planning a wedding during a pandemic is that people are generally pretty understanding of the situation and you can be less worried about offending people by being extra selective with your guest list. So go ahead and skip your mom’s coworkers that you barely know; you’ve got the perfect excuse.
A micro-wedding allows you to be more intentional with how you spend your budget, who you invite, and might even expand the kind of venue to host your wedding day. The ability to keep things truly intimate and authentic just means a smaller event, but one that still showcases your love in a mighty way.