Weddings are all about celebrating love, no matter how you do it. Whether your micro wedding is a result of a cut-down guest list from the pre-COVID days or you’ve always intended to keep things small and classy, smaller outdoor weddings can be beautiful, personal and fun, which is exactly what you want in a wedding of any size. There are so many stylish and personable benefits to small weddings, no matter where you hold them.
Along with the joys of a micro wedding, there are a few things you should keep in mind when preparing for yours, especially during the era of COVID. While your micro wedding may just include your pod of close family and friends, you may have others on the guest list if it’s a slightly larger micro wedding and you’re relying on the outdoor component to make things safer. No matter what your wedding looks like, preparing for it is a part of the fun. Here are just a few things you need to know when you prep for your big day.
1. Get the Guest List Down Pat
Guest lists are always a big part of the wedding planning process, but when you’re planning a tiny or micro wedding, it becomes arguably even more important than before. Make sure you know exactly who is coming in time to make preparations like seating arrangements and menu choices, because in a list of ten people, having an extra or a no-show becomes even more noticeable.
2. Food Protocol
If you’re in the same COVID pod, this might not be as big of an issue, but if you’re bringing a variety of people together, buffet or communal meals might not be the safest option. Getting plated meals together and planning for that can make a huge difference in safety and ease.
3. Hand Sanitizing Station
If you’re outdoors, with others and touching things, a hand sanitizing station can make the hand washing part of things so much easier. Washing your hands can reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses by 16% to 21% and gastrointestinal illnesses by 29% to 57%, and since you don’t want anyone getting sick from your wedding, setting up a place for people to get clean is a safe, easy way to keep everything in check.
Will there be dancing? Music? Speeches? Or perhaps something a bit more unconventional? While dancing the night away is the wedding tradition, at a soiree with only a few people, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Instead, you might want to choose the music you like for a bit of jamming but then move on to other forms of entertainment like games you can all play together. It’s all about what you see for your crowd.
5. Personal Touches
Some things, only you can decide. It is your wedding after all! Especially when it comes to micro celebrations and nuptials, lots of the traditional wedding fair isn’t involved. Take some time to figure out what you really want at your wedding — favors, registries, flowers, cake and all. Add your personal touches.
Planning Your Outdoor Micro Wedding
Each wedding is unique, and yours is bound to be, too. Hosting an intimate wedding in the beautiful outdoors is something to cherish, and with the preparation you need under your belt, there’s nothing stopping you from having the wedding of your dreams.