Micro Weddings - Making The Most of the Wedding Restrictions
With restrictions allowing weddings in the New South Wales area from September 3rd, now is the perfect time to celebrate marriage with your closest loved ones. The rules allow for five guests and those necessary to conduct the ceremony itself, which means that micro weddings are perfect for the occasion.
That being said, if you were planning on a larger wedding, downsizing to a smaller wedding venue might not be something you’ve given a lot of thought to. You may have even bought dresses for all the bridesmaids and suits for the groomsmen. But fear not, a micro wedding can still allow you to celebrate love and offer those who are closest to you a lovely experience. Here’s how to make the most of it.
Don’t Disregard Invitations
The restrictions weren’t something many people planned for, and if you’re a couple preparing to go through with a wedding tradition, you have probably either ordered or even sent out most of the invitations. Whether that’s invitations or save-the-date cards, they’re something you could still use.
For this kind of marriage experience, you’ll only have your closest ones there, and that means that they’ve probably already gotten their invitations. Instead, you could send a follow-up invitation, which explains that what you’ve initially planned needs to change. Your guests will very likely understand that you’re putting your focus on only a small group of people.
Go Through with Traditions
If you had a tradition in mind that you would’ve liked for your wedding, you could probably still go for it even with the new restrictions in place. For example, having your first dance, carrying a bouquet, and wearing the dresses you’ve picked out are all things you can do regardless of the number of guests.
On the other hand, if you’re planning on a larger wedding down the line, you could also save a tradition or two for that. It’s completely up to you, but you shouldn’t disregard all the things you’ve wanted to do just because of the restrictions when they often have minimal impact on your plans. Micro weddings can be just as fun (if not more fun) than a regular wedding!
Have Separate Colour Palettes and Décor
This one only applies if you’ve still planned a larger event down the line - you might want to choose a separate colour palette and flowers for the smaller celebration. Luckily, there are so many beautiful colour schemes and palettes that you can choose from. Using two different options for the two events makes them both special in their own way, and you’ll feel like you’re celebrating as a couple, twice.
This same thing applies to the décor as well – go for two combinations and make the most of them. For the smaller venue, you can go for something that’s more impactful but less extravagant. Make the decor fit the colour scheme you’ve selected and save the original idea you had for the big event.
Use Details to Make the Wedding Unique
When it comes to you two as a couple and your celebration, details are what will make it unique – don’t skimp on them. Go for some beautiful linens, try out some interesting menus that you’ve tailored to you and your guests, find a way to take advantage of the much more intimate setting you’re in.
This means you don’t have to change a menu for hundreds of people just to accommodate one person’s food preferences. Instead, opt to serve them something they personally enjoy. The staff isn’t preparing too many meals, and adjustments probably won’t be too much of a problem, especially if you’ve been friendly with them during the planning process. On the other hand, they’ll enjoy the experience that much more.
Communicate with Your Photographer
One of the struggles of being a photographer is having to take all the photos they can when it comes to a huge event, and that can be a bit problematic. They find themselves running around, trying to capture the whole event from different angles, all in an attempt not to miss out on anything important and be at the right place at the right time. And they’ll still manage to be friendly with everyone, which does take a lot of patience.
That being said, with micro weddings, your photographer will always be at the right place at the right time, because with recent NSW restrictions, you’re looking at 100 people if they vaccinated, and that includes you as a couple, the guests, and all the staff and other people that need to be at the venue.
You should let them know up front that you’re organizing something small, so they can bring the appropriate camera gear and be ready for the environment they’ll be shooting in – in this case, our Garden Terrace.
This last one isn’t a tip – it’s more of a reminder. Restrictions because of the pandemic have impacted all of us, and if you’re a couple planning a marriage celebration, you’ve probably been waiting for them to lift. That being said, micro weddings still offer you an excellent way to celebrate love and partnership between you and your significant other and have the people that are most important to the both of you there.
They’re still a great opportunity to get the experience of getting married and have everyone that’s attending enjoy it just as much as they’d enjoy a regular celebration. At a suitable venue with friendly staff, you’ll love every moment you spend, whether it’s the ceremony itself, the dinner, or the first dance. It’s going to be an experience like no other, like any celebration of marriage should. Suits, dresses, traditions, and love – you’re getting all of it on your special day.
Micro weddings are the solution for a dream celebration during a situation that’s impacted everyone’s lives, and it’s an opportunity you should certainly take advantage of.
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