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Age of the Small Wedding

Pandemic Planning

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, brides and grooms globally chose to forego their original plans and instead partake in intimate wedding celebrations with their nearest and dearest. Microweddings, minimonies, and virtual ceremonies have become mainstream, with couples sending virtual invites for celebrations via Zoom and in person affairs now include hand sanitizer favors. As things begin to move and shift again, we’re not quite ready to abandon the theme of keeping things small. Keep reading for more insight into what small nuptials could look like, plus our favorite benefits of celebrating your wedding in an intimate fashion.


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Planning, postponing, and reconfiguring wedding plans in 2020 has proved stressful for couples everywhere. Now, the options for celebration may seem endless compared to pre-pandemic life. Among these new celebration styles are microweddings, minimonies, and virtual celebrations. All of these terms can be difficult to navigate, so we’re going to break down some key differences. According to The Knot, a microwedding is like a cross between an elopement and a big traditional wedding, including a guest list of up to 50 people. Whereas a minimony is a mini ceremony, a moment of commitment between a couple. Minimonies are often used to honor original wedding dates and make legal commitments of marriage, with a plan for a sequel wedding in the future. Sequel weddings are future events that allow you to honor your original wedding vision and guest list. With all of these non-traditional options and many others, such as virtual celebrations that can ensure the safety of your guests, you are free to customize the perfect celebration for your every wedding need. While celebrations may look different, celebrating certainly is not canceled.

A potentially overlooked benefit of celebrating with a smaller crowd is having the experience be incredibly intimate and personal. Not only can having a small wedding be budget-friendly, it can also afford you the time to socialize and create lasting memories with each and every guest who are all special to you and your spouse. Shrinking your guest list to the ultimate, intimate list of guests you couldn’t wed without may give you room to work with your original budget while giving you space to make the details more personalized, special, and memorable. Some couples are opting to embrace the COVID friendly theme, providing their guests with personalized embroidered masks and setting out beautiful hand sanitizing stations, while others are opting for smaller, but more luxurious affairs. However you choose to celebrate your wedding, remember the most important thing is the love between you, your partner, and the people you choose to help you celebrate your special day.

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