Wedding season in 2020 looks a lot different from previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Engaged couples are facing curveballs they never could have anticipated.
But as BC moves through its four-phase reopening plan, spending time in small groups and open spaces is possible once again. This means that although your guest list may need to be adjusted, you can still have the wedding of your dreams.
Micro weddings allow for an even more intimate event with those you love the most and more time focused on each special moment. It’s easy to have fun when planning (or reimagining) your wedding day, and we’ve compiled a list of ideas to help you in the process.
Get creative with your venue
Weddings don’t have to take place in a massive hotel ballroom to be memorable. This season, choosing a venue can be a stress-free task. You can set up a long banquet table with floral details in your backyard or by a lake, rent a small function hall in a local community centre, have a BBQ at the beach, or rent a boat and celebrate your nuptial bliss on the water (if your budget allows for it). Just remember to apply via the City of Vancouver if you’re planning to host your get-together in a park.
Keep it low-key
During the ongoing crisis, you might not feel comfortable spending a couple of hours at the salon getting beauty treatments done. One way to combat this — and simultaneously save money — is to do your own hair or makeup or ask a friend to help. Check out some YouTube tutorials and practise hairstyles and makeup looks ahead of time for a smooth and glamorous transformation on your wedding day.
Impress guests with a creative menu
The food served at your wedding should make a lasting impression on your guests. But since preparing it all yourself would be a lot of work, it’s best to let the experts at Truffles Fine Foods step in to help you craft the perfect menu. This could include anything from an assortment of delectable appetizers, to a deluxe charcuterie spread, doughnut wall, or feast of late-night sliders.
The Vancouver-based company got its start in film catering, which it has been doing for 15 years, as well as catering for all occasions. The team can customize everything to suit your needs in their new 7,500 sq ft kitchen, and they’re currently offering free tastings for micro weddings. Fully COVID-19 compliant, Truffles Fine Foods has implemented new protocols to ensure the safety of all clients and staff.
Make half of your guest list virtual
Under normal circumstances, one of the biggest tasks associated with planning a wedding is the guest list (and making sure you haven’t missed anyone). When hosting a micro wedding, you’ve got significantly less work to do in that you can make half of your guest list virtual. Simply send out a video call link to those who can’t make it or live abroad and stream your wedding from afar.
Be your own DJ
Music plays an important role in many relationships, and certain songs might remind you of your partner or moments you shared. The beauty of having a smaller wedding is that you can be your own DJ for the day. All it takes is to create a playlist with your other half ahead of time (over breakfast if that works), featuring songs to match each moment that will have everyone moving.
Rent a pop-up photo booth
If there’s someone in your bubble who has a passion for photography, ask them if they can help with taking photos on your wedding day (it could even be their gift to you!). To capture fun moments later in the evening, you can rent a pop-up photo booth for your venue. This way, each guest will leave with their own photos to remember the day.
Transform your garden into a dance floor
The first dance with your forever partner has got to happen in the most magical way possible. Whether you plan to host your wedding (or simply the after-party) at home, we recommend creating a dance floor right in your backyard. Lay down some wooden floor tiles, adorn the garden walls or a gazebo with twinkling lights, and set the stage for a night of dancing.
Every once-in-a-lifetime occasion needs delicious food pairings to match. To take the stress out of planning your micro wedding, let Truffles Fine Foods help you organize everything safely and with ease.