Don’t get us wrong, we love big, beautiful, extravagant weddings. But we also understand during uncertain times like these, it may be wise to start small. Even amidst this coronavirus outbreak, brides and grooms are searching for ways to celebrate in a safe manner with the ones they love.
…now don’t get me wrong, small does not mean you have to settle. In many cases, smaller actually means bigger! While you may be looking at hosting fewer people physically at your wedding, do not feel defeated. Here are some beautiful ways couples are embracing intimate celebrations.
Start small, and go from there
As things continue to evolve with COVID-19, new guidelines and regulations seem to be put in place weekly…and sometimes daily. It can be difficult to know how many guests you are even allowed to invite. But that’s okay! Talk with your vendors, we are here to help. Start by sending out a “first round” of invites to your guests. Maybe your wedding is in 3-4 months and right now you can only have a gathering of 10 or less, so send out invites that meet this criteria. And maybe 3 weeks later, gatherings of 25 or less are now allowed. Even better! Talk with your planner, send out your next round of invites, and then hit up your catering and rentals to accommodate that new number! Vendors can be much more flexible when you are adding as opposed to subtracting from your headcount.
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You can dream big with a micro-wedding!
Over the years we have seen wedding trends come and go, but love is the factor that never seems to change. While COVID-19 has drastically affected the wedding industry, that doesn’t mean your 2020 wedding is completely off the table. Now is the perfect time to stray away from the norm and put your unique spin on past traditions. The experts over at The Knot wrote a fantastic article detailing different options couples have when opting for smaller weddings. It’s a short and sweet piece that will help you decide what option is right for you! Click here to check it out.
Enjoy the finer things while still cutting costs
It’s safe to say, more guests equals more money you’ll need to allocate. When you opt to only invite a small number of guests, you can make a budget go a lot further. Did you dream about serving a delicious, three-course plated meal for all 200 guests, but when you got the quote your jaw dropped to the floor? Well, now that you’re planning a celebration for 10, 25, or even 50 guests, having a plated meal is now a feasible option!
Live stream your wedding!
Just because you can’t invite every great aunt, third cousin, or old high school friend doesn’t mean that they can’t be in attendance. Live Streaming your wedding is becoming more prevalent every year. It’s not too difficult either, in fact, more and more videographers are offering this option in their packages! The New York Times wrote a great piece on How to Live Stream Your Wedding, and you can check out this MyStreamingWedding.com for a company that will take care of everything for you. This is an amazing way to ensure that no one is left out and everyone is able to share your big day together!
Love will always win.
Planning a wedding has its ups and downs, and we know planning during these uncertain times can feel even more challenging. However with the right planner, team of vendors, and going in with a positive and flexible mindset it will still be the most beautiful and memorable day of your life. At the end of the day, love always.
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The Estate at Cherokee Dock offers multiple wedding options from intimate Micro Weddings, to full Wedding Weekend extravaganzas! If you are interested in getting more information please click on one of the buttons below. We hope everyone is staying healthy and look forward to hearing from you!