Today, brides are tasked with the frustration of planning their dream wedding amid a nationwide pandemic. Out of the abundance of caution, American states are discouraging large gatherings and forcing traditional wedding venues and event supply vendors to shut down their services to the public. What is a nearly wed couple to do? Is elopement the only option?
You are not alone. No bride wants to compromise a dream wedding nor should any couple feel forced to elope. Relax. You can you still have your big day. The challenges of wedding planning during the 2020 pandemic has brought about a new trend – Micro weddings and the possibilities of a dream wedding are endless. With a guest list of 100 or less in a non-traditional venue, you can have more creative control of your big day and you won’t have to break to bank to pull it off.
Traditionally the weight of the wedding budget tips heavily toward the venue fees and catering bill-approximately 40-50 percent. The remainder of the budget leaves a compromise of décor, flowers, music, photography plans. A huge perk of planning a micro wedding, is the fact that you can have more of the elements you want and even take advantage of the complete package deals that most vendors offer.
Allow your creative imagination to run amuck and consider anywhere you never thought was possible. Consider a non-traditional venue as your blank canvas and paint the wedding of your dreams. All your guests can stay after the ceremony and celebrate your nuptials at the reception because you can afford it. Here are a few ideas to start:
Gather your loved ones at a local park under the tree where you shared your first kiss together.
Create your own rustic style at the family’s farm or estate to reinforce family as you symbolically merge two families together.
Build an intimate yet elegant setting at a private home. Know anyone in your city who owns a mansion? Very often, the wealthy escape to their vacation homes for the summer leaving their mansion homes vacant. Use of their home could be their gift to you!
Give an eclectic vibe to your wedding décor inner city industrial loft. Ask a leasing agent if daily rentals available for a vacant space.
Modern office parks typically are designed with a beautiful lobby or courtyard. Consider this type of space for a modern-style décor.
Tip: Remember to get written permission from the property owner or manager to avoid potential legal grievances. Always budget a cleaning crew for after your event and ensure that the cleaning includes COVID compliant sanitation. You have more room in your budget, no sense in skimping on cleanup. Planning to cover all bases, ensures a stress-free wedding day for you and your guests.
No matter what wedding style that suits you, one thing that remains, you need décor and supplies. Thankfully, event supply vendors relieve this pressure with basic supply packages. You can focus on being the master designer of your big day and hire the professionals to deliver the décor, put it in place and arrive again to pick it up while you and your new spouse ride off into the sunset. Check décor off your list with local suppliers like Eden Jardin Party Rentals.
Micro wedding décor packages to accommodate 40 guests can include: a tent, folding chairs, tables, table and napkin linens, and centerpieces for as low as $410. Packages include a variety of chair types and décor colors.
Now that you have learned a few tips and ideas about your wedding planning in 2020, hopefully, your stress level has diminished. You don’t have to compromise on your big day, and you can do more with less. We’re in an unprecedented time where traditional habits take a back seat to creative new ideas using the resources available to us. Embrace the change. Go forward and create the wedding of your dreams and have some fun along the way.