Couple cutting their small wedding cake. Photo by Bill Payne PhotographyPlanning a wedding right now can seem like a daunting task, but as the COVID-19 pandemic has us all staying at home, you can use that extra time to your benefit!
Many brides think of their wedding day and imagine a big, beautiful ceremony and reception as it’s natural to want to share this momentous occasion with your family and everyone you’ve ever met!
But, in uncertain times, it can be smart to stop and rethink your strategy. You might try to see if you can save some money.
There is no right or wrong way to plan your wedding, and if you plan to have a big wedding with everyone attending and all the bells and whistles, that’s wonderful! But if you’re thinking about taking a different approach and considering a micro-wedding, we have a few ideas for you.
Having a smaller wedding and celebration to start your lives together not only saves you money. It can also help you get off to a less stressful start. If you and your partner have large families, you could consider having a wedding with just family members and a few very close friends.
Though trimming your guest list can be a difficult task, it can pay off in a number of ways! Here are six aspects to keep in mind for your micro-wedding:

Consider Your Venue

Having a smaller group for your wedding and reception will allow you to consider different venues. You might also brainstorm some creative ways to use your favorite venue a little differently. If the venue has a big room or outside area that can be split, you can have the ceremony and reception in the same space. Or, you can choose smaller spaces to have each part of your special day.

Live Streaming Your Ceremony

Even if you have a small guest list, you can still invite more people to participate in your wedding by making sure to rent a venue that offers live streaming. This way, you can have a smaller wedding and still have those you love far and wide join you on your special day without having to travel to be with you! It may be awhile before people are allowed to travel. Even when the stay at home order is lifted, people may be more cautious of traveling for a while.
Offering live streaming of your wedding will give your guests a way to be able to participate in your special day and remain at home.

Working With Your Caterer

A small guest list affords you flexibility when it comes to working with a caterer. You can opt to save big by planning a simple meal or buffet for your smaller group. Or, you can work with your caterer to plan a beautiful 5-star meal for your guests. With a smaller group, you may be able to have a 5-star meal and still save money!

Your Wedding Cake

With a smaller guest list, your wedding cake will be smaller as well. Instead of having enough cake for 100, 200, or 300 people, imagine having an elegant cake just big enough for your small group and a small cake to put away for your anniversary. The savings can be huge!

The Wedding Party

If you have a number of good friends that you don’t want to exclude from your nuptials, you can include them by having them be your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Some couples opt to have only a maid of honor and a best man. This helps reduce the cost of dresses, suits or tuxedos, bouquets, boutonnieres, potentially accommodations, thank you gifts, and the rehearsal dinner.

Do Your Guests a Favor

When it comes to party favors at a large wedding, you can spend hundreds of dollars on beautiful mementos of the day. Although some people may appreciate them and may take them home, many may not, and you can end up with many leftover favors at the end of the night.
Many couples are taking things to the next level when it comes to sharing their day with others by making a donation to their favorite charity instead of providing party favors. Then, they share their mission with their guests at the wedding. You could provide your guests with a way to donate at your wedding. This allows them to celebrate your union and show support for the charity that you’ve chosen at the same time.

Smaller Wedding; Bigger Savings

It’s important to remember that your wedding day is all about you and your partner and what represents you two the best without breaking the budget. Your wedding day is about bringing the two of you together in the union of holy matrimony and joining two families into one. People will most likely remember the feeling of the day and the love you show for each other over anything else.

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Mardie Caldwell

Written by Mardie Caldwell

Mardie has been a successful and inspiring entrepreneur since 1981. The Foothills Event Center was created out of Mardie’s desire to enrich the community and provide a place to come together for celebrating, learning, sharing, and enjoying our rich Gold Country heritage. Rooted in her love of Nevada County, Mardie’s strong vision and desire to serve the community yielded the opportunity to revitalize the former Weaver property into a gathering place that we all can enjoy.

Her innovation and commitment to environmental responsibility contribute positively to our community and surroundings. With The Foothills Events Center, Mardie is creating the best experience for our clients and their guests, creating memories for generations.