Have any of your weddings been transitioned to a micro-wedding due to the pandemic? Have you added a micro-wedding or elopement package to your services?

Have any of your weddings been transitioned to a micro-wedding due to the pandemic? Have you added a micro-wedding or elopement package to your services?
Weddings are looking a little different this year, but not just because of the new accessories! Micro-weddings were already trending at the beginning of 2020, but now they are an alternative to postponing or canceling for some couples planning a large wedding.

We have had a few of our weddings that were planning to have larger guest counts stick with their original wedding date and have fewer guests invited.

Yes, we have had a few of our weddings that were planning to have larger guest counts stick with their original wedding date and have fewer guests invited.  In doing so, all have had to change their venues to accommodate a smaller guest count or so that there was an outdoor space available.  This was a factor that made a few of the couples more comfortable hosting the wedding.  Most have also had been able to keep their original vendors which is really great for making such a tough situation a little easier.  
 
One of our couples decided to get married on their original wedding date and are just having a small dinner reception afterwards for family and friends and then a big party next year. It’s all about what is best for each couple while making sure we are keeping the guests, the vendor teams, and ourselves safe during these times.

We have always worked with couples who either elope or plan a wedding with a smaller guest count. This year, we added packages that are pre-packaged services that include vendor services such as: 
  • Officiant
  • Photographer
  • Floral and Decor Elements
  • Hair & Make-Up Services
  • Music
  • Cutting cake
  • Transportation
  • Day of Planner
All we do is select a venue and then the above is all included in our pre-packaged price (https://livenitup.com/microweddings).
"We have had a few of our weddings that were planning to have larger guest counts stick with their original wedding date and have fewer guests invited." @livenitup Click to Tweet

Anthony Navarro

Creative Director

Liven It Up Events, Chicago, IL

Within the last few weeks, I have added a "Simple and Sweet Weddings" option to my menu, whether the couple is transitioning or not.

I have had no weddings yet to transition to a micro wedding.  My November bride is wanting to proceed with her original plans, as their schedules would not allow them to have a wedding until 2023 if not.  I think we’ll be ok, just will need to implement social distancing and masks orders.  It is a plated dinner, so no changes to dinner service.

Within the last few weeks, I have added a “Simple and Sweet Weddings” option to my menu, whether the couple is transitioning or not.   I have promoted the new service via email and social media.  Many inquiries, but none scheduled yet.  We’ll see how it goes.
"Within the last few weeks, I have added a "Simple and Sweet Weddings" option to my menu, whether the couple is transitioning or not." @rowellevents Click to Tweet

Jackie Rowell

Owner | Creative Director

Jackie Rowell Events, Birmingham, AL

I have added a micro wedding package to my services since quarantine began.

I have added a micro wedding package to my services since quarantine began. More and more people are becoming interested in how to create a wedding at home.

For many couples, it can feel overwhelming and hard to know where to begin. I collaborated with a boutique catering company in New Jersey to offer a fully planned tiny wedding package brought directly to your backyard. Couples have the option of choosing between a few different catering styles and receive everything else from planning to flowers to officiant services. The goal here is to still give couples customizations so their wedding reflects the two of them, but make it approachable and easy to plan. Because there are a set number of options, these backyard weddings can also be planned on a shorter timeline.

Here’s a link to the page on my website that explains more: https://smallshindigs.com/backyard-weddings.
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Sarah Carroll

Owner

Small Shindigs,

We recently booked our first elopement couple on Friday and are planning for them now!

We recently booked our first elopement couple on Friday and are planning for them now! They originally had a large NYC wedding planned but cancelled it due to COVID. They still wanted to be married this year so we are partnering with them to create a beautiful elopement getaway for them and 15-20 others who will all join digitally! We are planning to send celebratory gift boxes to all guests and are also planning a special dinner for two after the elopement and digital cocktail hour 🙂

"We recently booked our first elopement couple on Friday and are planning for them now!" @JoveMeyer Click to Tweet

Jove Meyer

Owner | Creative Director

Jove Meyer Events, Brooklyn, NY

Bridal couples have opted to move forward with marriages, some just with immediate family in attendance, yet event receptions and large celebrations are rescheduled until mid-2021, and beyond.

All of our previously booked weddings impacted by the pandemic all remain paused, at this time. Bridal couples have opted to move forward with marriages, some just with immediate family in attendance, yet event receptions and large celebrations are rescheduled until mid-2021, and beyond.

Last minute “surprise” and planned elopements and small, intimate weddings have always been a part of our Spectacular Weddings [https://thehuestudio.com/sparkling-soirees ] offerings at the huestudio + company, and our creative team remains flexible to design and execute any/all special events that celebrate the excitement + joy of wedding bliss and matrimony.

So with CV•19 still with us, we remain inspired and uplifted with the quote by Tom Mullen in that, “Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry.”

Blossom. Love. Marry. ❣️
"Bridal couples have opted to move forward with marriages, some just with immediate family in attendance, yet event receptions and large celebrations are rescheduled until mid-2021, and beyond." Click to Tweet

Jeff Hughes

Chief Experience Officer

the huestudio + company, Mt. Prospect, IL

For Fall of 2020, we have had a few families that have decided to reduce the size of their events from the 300-400 range to a number closer to 50 or 60 guests.

For Fall of 2020, we have had a few families that have decided to reduce the size of their events from the 300-400 range to a number closer to 50 or 60 guests.  They have also moved these events from the venues originally planned to their back yards.  We also have a few clients that have decided to move forward as planned with the understanding that their planned guest count will reduce to about 50% or less depending on their friend’s and family’s comfort level.

Other clients have chosen to do small intimate weddings on their original date with larger celebrations to be held at a later date or to postpone the entire event for that later date.

However, we have several events moving forward for Spring of 2021 or fall of 2021 that are expecting to have their full guest counts.
"For Fall of 2020, we have had a few families that have decided to reduce the size of their events from the 300-400 range to a number closer to 50 or 60 guests." Click to Tweet
Laura Maddox

Laura Maddox

Owner/Partner

Magnolia Celebrates, Atlanta, GA

We have seen a large number of our clients shift to an intimate ceremony or petite celebration this year and postpone the big wedding to next year.

We have seen a large number of our clients shift to an intimate ceremony or petite celebration this year and postpone the big wedding to next year. While we have not added a micro wedding or elopement package to our services per se, we have always welcomed new clients seeking planning + design services for more intimate, elevated celebrations!

"We have seen a large number of our clients shift to an intimate ceremony or petite celebration this year and postpone the big wedding to next year." @urban_soiree Click to Tweet

Renee Sabo

Founder and Lead Wedding Consultant

Urban Soiree, Boston, MA

We have been doing styled elopements and intimate weddings for the past 6 years, so we haven't had to pivot our business and service offerings.

We have had smaller guest counts than anticipated, but not many micro weddings in the transition from our normal wedding planning clientele. Many have postponed to later this year and early next so they can still have all of their friends and family present.

We have been doing styled elopements and intimate weddings for the past 6 years, so we haven’t had to pivot our business and service offerings. With already having a portfolio for these celebrations, we’ve been busier than ever with the number of new clients coming to Charleston for them. Whether it’s a bride from another state that had to postpone and wanted to get married now and celebrate later or a bride that was destined for a wedding overseas and isn’t sure when they will be able to travel.

We’re so grateful we’re able to help these sweet couples have the most magical day complete with all of the abundant florals, gorgeous backdrops, and stunning photos to remember their day.

"We have been doing styled elopements and intimate weddings for the past 6 years, so we haven't had to pivot our business and service offerings." Click to Tweet

Francesca DiSalvo Follmer

Owner

Pure Luxe Bride, Charleston, SC

Most of my weddings have transitioned to a micro wedding to celebrate their marriage but they are all opting to host a party in 2021 for a much larger group.

Most of my weddings have transitioned to a micro wedding to celebrate their marriage but they are all opting to host a party in 2021 for a much larger group.
We are encouraging couples to not put their lives on hold and celebrate their love.   This way it gives them a sense of moving on with their plans to purchase a home, have children – one should not wait for COVID. We know there is an end in sight, but we just don’t know the end date.

I have added an elopement package and COVID package to my offerings.  We help them plan a smaller wedding for 20 -50 guests and make sure it’s recorded since we are also planning the larger celebration in 2021.
"Most of my weddings have transitioned to a micro wedding to celebrate their marriage but they are all opting to host a party in 2021 for a much larger group." @joann_gregoli Click to Tweet

JoAnn Gregoli

Owner

Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli, New York City, NY

That has been one of our missions during this time is to show people how we can transition their big day into something amazing.

We have had a good amount of people who have gone to smaller micro weddings or luxury elopements. They are so much more intimate and laid back, I have really enjoyed these cozy shindigs.

Some don’t realize we can transfer even a portion of their original budget and have an over the top dream wedding. That has been one of our missions during this time is to show people how we can transition their big day into something amazing. We haven’t created a package yet – so far we just create custom packages based on the couple’s needs.

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Kelsey Connor

Owner/Lead Planner

Connor & Co., Memphis, TN

I have not crafted a package that caters specifically to micro weddings and elopements, instead, I have chosen to discuss it as an option with my couples.

Yes, a few of my weddings have transitioned for micro weddings/elopements. I have not crafted a package that caters specifically to micro weddings and elopements, instead, I have chosen to discuss it as an option with my couples. I explain to them that it’s a safer alternative and allows them to have a special moment for them. I also encourage them to include the idea of a one-year anniversary party in which they can proceed with their large scale plans so that their original guest list still feels a part of the special occasion!

"I have not crafted a package that caters specifically to micro weddings and elopements, instead, I have chosen to discuss it as an option with my couples." Click to Tweet

April Bradley

CEO / Creative Director

Couture Love,

We have included some micro-wedding packages that we work with amazing vendors to execute and have also included some all-inclusive 90 min pop-up weddings.

We are in NYS and guidelines are awfully strict here.  Right now, New York Guidelines state all private gatherings are to be no larger than 50 people max.  Whether the wedding is in a venue or on private property, it’s still 50 people.

NYS has also put other restrictions out there such as guests must be seated while eating and drinking and must wear a mask while not seated.  Dancing is prohibited as you cannot practice social distancing.  Traditional cocktail hours have gone to the wayside as well.

About 75% of our EVL Events’ clients have decided to move their weddings to a new date in 2021, with about 5% canceling completely, and the remaining scaling back to a micro wedding.

We are seeing a huge influx of backyard weddings this summer and fall and a lot of mini-monies taking place with 30-40 guests.  Our couples are also skipping cocktail hour and going right into their reception. They will still go all out with their decor, photographer, bar, and food, but they have just changed it up to an all-out wonderful dinner.  The couples get introduced, speeches are still happening, first dances, parent dances, and cake cuttings.

We have included some micro-wedding packages that we work with amazing vendors to execute and have also included some all-inclusive 90 min pop-up weddings.  We have found for the most part though, the couples that do want to move forward are taking their original ideas and downsizing it to fit within the guidelines.

I thought in 2021 we would see an uptick in smaller gatherings, but our couples all have amazing optimism and they still want to go big!  We hope the guidelines loosen up and COVID is under control so we can execute them!
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Samantha Nelson

Owner

Ellicottville Events, Ellicottville, NY

We haven’t adjusted our marketing to micro-weddings because we’ve always customized to those already and always have.

Apropos Creations have always offered services from as little or as much for a particular client to what they need.  We customize our services to fit their actual needs.  To have to “market” to a so-called micro-wedding, we definitely can do it.  We haven’t adjusted our marketing to micro-weddings because we’ve always customized to those already and always have.

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Jo Ann Grant

Owner

Apropos Creations, Chandler, AZ

None of our existing clients have transitioned to micro-weddings, however, we do have a few new clients that will be having micro-weddings.

None of our existing clients have transitioned to micro-weddings, however, we do have a few new clients that will be having micro-weddings. We have not added a specific micro-wedding or elopement package to our services however we continue to customize our packages to our clients’ needs, including smaller / intimate weddings.

"None of our existing clients have transitioned to micro-weddings, however, we do have a few new clients that will be having micro-weddings." Click to Tweet
Sarah Nickens

Sarah Nickens

Owner/Lead Planner

SG3 Events, Clarksburg, MD

...we certainly offer all of the services customarily found in full-service wedding planning packages or elopement packages AND have the dexterity to offer much more (or less) based upon the specific needs of the couples we serve.

Hosting a large wedding is currently not an option in our area (we live, breathe, and operate in Napa and Sonoma County).  With that being said, we’ve seen many of our 2020 weddings shift to smaller gatherings.  This month, we have a wedding with a total of 10 attendees – which consists of two sets of parents, the couple, and two sets of siblings.   They have opted to host the event in their backyard with each couple seated at their own table of two and socially distanced from each other.

We like to look at each wedding or event as a greater sum of each of their parts. Each event has a life and personality all its own and is as unique as each one of the couples we are fortunate to help guide. With that in mind, our wedding planning approach isn’t pre-fabricated in a package but rather tailored to fit the unique needs, cultural infusions, tastes, and interests of our couples.

So, while we haven’t added a specific “package” for smaller weddings to our services, we certainly offer all of the services customarily found in full-service wedding planning packages or elopement packages AND have the dexterity to offer much more (or less) based upon the specific needs of the couples we serve. This approach allows us to curate the experience in a way that is tangible and affords clients to remain in key decision-making roles while leaving the details of executing that vision to a seasoned pro.

"...we certainly offer all of the services customarily found in full-service wedding planning packages or elopement packages AND have the dexterity to offer much more (or less) based upon the specific needs of the couples we serve." @coledrakeevents Click to Tweet

Stephanie Cole

Principal Planner/ Founder

Cole Drake Events, Napa, CA

Remember... just when you think your Plan A and B have been ruined, don't worry, Plan C is a great option too, especially during a pandemic.

Plan C is the new Plan A

I had the pleasure of meeting Carly and Jeff last year when they hired me to help plan their May 9, 2020 wedding at the Adler Planetarium. Then March came around, and we were in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic, so we pushed their wedding date back to July 24, 2020, with hopes that the city would re-open by then. Since we started planning their wedding in early 2019, it was so hard to tell my clients that their wedding was now going to be postponed until July 2020.

However, both of my clients are doctors, so they understood the situation better than anyone and had no problem pushing their wedding back a few months. Shortly after, the city of Chicago announced that they would not have any gatherings of more than 50 people, and we had to again postpone their wedding to June 2021.

Then came “Plan C,” the idea of having a micro-wedding of 40 guests in order to keep their July 24, 2020 date and hosting their big wedding next year at the Planetarium as originally planned. This has become a new trend this summer due to COVID-19.

Now came the tricky part. My clients both live in Seattle, WA, and all 40 of their guests live in different states, with none living in Illinois. We also needed to find a venue that would mirror something close to the Planetarium’s magnificent skyline views, and we found just that at the J Parker rooftop in Lincoln Park. It was great to see this beautiful rooftop transform into a gorgeous wedding ceremony site overlooking Lincoln Park, complete with a stunning chuppah designed by Anthony Gowder Designs. The processional song was sung by Entourage, who continued singing the night away for guests to enjoy the music. The food was deliciously catered by Boca, and the service was excellent. In true 2020 style, Munaco Pictures streamed the entire ceremony and part of the reception for all of their guests to enjoy virtually!

Due to COVID-19, several of the hotels in Chicago are still closed, including the Hilton Chicago, which was Carly and Jeff’s original hotel block. However, the Hilton graciously moved their block of rooms to the Drake Hotel, one of Hilton’s most beautiful hotels located on the Gold Coast. Carly and Jeff were even offered the Princess Diana Suite, which was a great gathering place for all their family and friends to visit while at the hotel.

Remember… just when you think your Plan A and B have been ruined, don’t worry, Plan C is a great option too, especially during a pandemic.

We haven’t added any new micro-wedding or elopement packages, but all of our packages are customized to suit your needs.

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Suzanne Halaska

Suzanne Halaska

Owner

Couture Events, Chicago, IL