Well, 2020 certainly changed the wedding industry landscape - along with pretty much life as we knew it. I'm fairly certain that those happy couples who had become engaged and were excitedly planning their wedding did not envision a global pandemic ensuring that those plans come to a grinding halt. My heart truly went out to couples who had to make the difficult decision to postpone their dream day.
As guidance is gradually being introduced by the Government on weddings, a different type of wedding has emerged and looks like it is here to stay - intimate, or micro weddings.
The current guidlines as of 28th July 2020 is: 'Gatherings of more than 30 people are permitted but only in certain public places as set out in law. This will include all licensed venues where legal marriage ceremonies can take place however it is strongly advised that numbers are restricted to 30 for public health reasons.' (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships)
So those couples that don't want to have to wait until a date much later in the future for their wedding have decided to scale back and have an intimate wedding celebration with their nearest and dearest. There are definite pluses to doing this. As catering numbers will be lower you could splurge on certain parts of your wedding to have some truly memorable touches, you don't have to invite those long distant relatives that you haven't seen since you were 12 years old, plus you can have a much more relaxed vibe so you can truly enjoy the big day from start to finish.
I've rounded up some ideas which I hope will help those that have changed their plans and are trying to put together a beautiful micro wedding.
Incorporate the great outdoors
Marry at dusk
Dine together on one table
Go luxe with the details
Have a food truck
Add a cosy area for chilling out
Plan a separate party at a later date when restrictions are lifted
If you'd like to talk about wedding flowers for your intimate wedding taking place in the east of England, then I'd love to hear from you! You can get in touch here.