Micro Wedding Ideas to Make Your Wedding Happen This Year
The average UK wedding has 80-100 guests. But following the COVID-19 pandemic that swept across the world, big weddings with all your friends and family are a thing of the past. At least for the foreseeable future.
But that doesn’t mean you have to postpone your wedding indefinitely. There is a solution: a micro wedding.
What is a micro wedding?
A micro wedding is a small, intimate wedding with fewer than 50 guests. Since the current UK guidelines allow a maximum of 30 people at most wedding locations, a micro wedding is the perfect way to share your big day with the people who matter the most while keeping everyone safe.
If you can’t wait a minute longer to say “I do”, here are 5 tips to help you get the most of your micro wedding and transform yourselves into a happy married couple this year.
5 ideas for a small, intimate wedding
1. Be ruthless with your guest list
Until the maximum capacity is increased or lifted, 30 is the recommended maximum number of people at your wedding. This includes the bride, groom, officiant, photographer, etc. Because of this, it’s vital you only invite the people who are closer to you than anyone else.
Look through your most recent messages and calls. During trying times like this, we tend to only speak to those who matter the most. The people you’ve been staying in touch with over the past few months might be the ones best suited to come to your wedding.
2. Re-think your budget
At this time, no food and drink is allowed to be served at weddings. What’s more, singing and instrument playing should also be avoided. This means you can use the money you budgeted for food, drinks and a singer/band to invest in other parts of your wedding, such as bespoke wedding bands.
If you’ve got a small budget to stick to, you don’t even have to spend the money you save on your wedding. Put it to one side and treat yourselves to a lavish honeymoon when international travel gets back to normal.
3. Choose a small setting
With a very limited number of guests, your small party will easily feel lost in a sprawling wedding location. Help enhance the cosy, intimate feel by opting for a modest wedding venue, while still making sure there’s plenty of room for people to keep a safe distance apart.
4. Pay attention to detail
When you’ve got a small venue and group to work with, you can get really creative with how you design the space. Instead of scrimping and opting for cheap decorations, knowing you have to cover a huge area, you can splurge and buy luxurious adornments to create the perfect atmosphere to complement your wedding.
For a vintage family feel, consider incorporating family heirlooms, such as hand-embroidered napkins or generations-old china. Or for a mood that tells your story, think about placing meaningful photos and memories of you two throughout the space.
5. Get creative with your seating
Avoiding guests being face-to-face for long periods of time is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs. Because of this, you might want to change up your previous seating plan for something more creative and safety-conscious.
During the ceremony, plan the seating so people from the same households and bubbles can sit together, while being far enough away from other guests. If you need an area where people can relax and chat, consider placing chairs in a circle or semicircle without any tables.
If you don’t want to wait any longer, you don’t have to
Although COVID-19 has completely turned our lives upside down, it’s a relief to see things are slowly getting back to normal. While the extravagant, traditional weddings we’re all used to won’t be around for some time, couples eager to celebrate their big day can do exactly that with a few simple tweaks.