By Eddie Zaratsian, Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Design
As we find ourselves past the halfway mark of 2020, we’re starting to see new trends arise out of the constraints put in place amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. Perhaps most significantly, we’re seeing couples downsize their wedding plans to adhere to social distancing guidelines. For many, micro weddings are a solution to keeping their wedding date, but they also serve as a way to shine the light on what’s most important: love.
That’s not to say that micro weddings can’t make a major impact. Quite the contrary, in fact, as a budget can go further to enhance the experience with a shorter guest list. If a micro wedding is on your mind, here are five ways to make a statement with your tiny-but-meaningful celebration.
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Choose a special location
When you don’t need to worry about seating capacities or fire codes, you have the space to get a little creative with your location.
Consider places with special meaning, like where you went for your first date or the restaurant you frequented weekly while dating.
You can also consider beautiful places that are not typically suitable for large parties, like a historic museum or art gallery in your area. This is your chance to let your imagination run free — have fun with it!
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Pick your priorities
With more room in your budget, you can include elements that you couldn’t have considered for a large head count.
Swap out the traditional chicken or fish options for truly sumptuous gourmet cuisine.
Get the extra-pricy, but extra-stunning wedding dress you’ve had in mind for years.
Go above and beyond with florals and décor.
Hire a top-tier musician to serenade you and your guests.
Consider your priorities and look for ways to upgrade the experience and create memories that will last a lifetime.
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Be personal with details
When there are fewer people in attendance, you can truly make the experience a personal celebration of the love between you, your partner, and your friends and family with you.
Have fun with the invitations and include a little trinket or snack to get your guests in the spirit.
For the wedding, consider writing a note of appreciation for each guest or handwriting menus with personal notes at each seat.
Do it up a bit with the wedding favors and spend a little extra to send everyone home with a special memento. These are all things that are far more manageable with a guest list of 50 or less as opposed to one of hundreds.
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Get face time with everyone
Most weddings are so busy and full of people that couples don’t always have time to speak to every guest. Soon enough, the wedding is over in a blur and everyone’s headed home.
With micro weddings, on the other hand, you get to create meaningful moments with everyone in attendance that you and your loved ones will be able to look back on for life.
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Have fun with it!
Micro weddings are mostly stress-free compared to their traditional counterparts, which gives you more time and freedom to bask in the beauty of being engaged and getting married. Even if your micro wedding looks different than initially planned, it can still be everything you want it to be. Take this moment to celebrate your union and let your love shine. It will be impactful no matter the size!
A beautiful wedding doesn’t need hundreds of guests to be special and meaningful; at the end of the day, all it takes is two people who are ready to start their lives together.
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Eddie Zaratsian, Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Design
Eddie Zaratsian is the visionary behind Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Design, a full-service event design and production studio based in Los Angeles, California. With over 25 years of experience, Eddie’s creativity and passion is evident in every aspect of his work, and his ability to imagine and actualize events is unparalleled.
Named as one of the top 5 international florists by the London Financial Times, Zaratsian has built a reputation as a visionary artist, and his work has been celebrated and featured by Martha Stewart, Harper's Bazaar, Grace Ormonde, E! News and Glamour, among others.
Now, through guest lectures and classes globally, as well as private workshops in his spectacular LA Design Studio, Eddie generously shares his extensive business, design and floral expertise.