Micro-Weddings - Intimate Venue for COVID-19 Wedding Celebrations Guide

In these uncertain times due to Covid-19, weddings and the wedding industry have changed dramatically. Brides and grooms from all over the world had their worlds turned upside down when the President announced a nationwide lockdown.


With so many couples postponing their larger weddings and choosing new dates in 2021, beautiful venues and talented professionals have more availability than ever before to host more intimate celebrations, which is exactly what's necessary in order to tie the knot during the pandemic. Restrictions have eased considerably and couples are managing to tie the knot but precautions still need to be taken to make sure the virus is not spread. With this in mind many are opting for small and intimate weddings and elopements.. Behold.. The Micro-wedding! 


Micro weddings, also known as minimonies, are usually attended by anywhere from five to a few dozen guests; these smaller guest lists allow for proper social distancing protocols but still let a couple celebrate with their nearest and dearest. Ultimately, it's a way to have the best of both worlds—you can get married now with a small group of guests, then celebrate with everyone you love at a larger wedding later or even can the big ceremony and keep it small.

We have put together a brief guide in planning your micro wedding below. Check it out.. take a look at what we can offer in terms of a secret wedding getaway and get in contact with us to book your space.


Rethink the Stationery
By the time the pandemic hit, most 2020 couples had ordered or sent out at least some portion of their wedding stationery—either save-the-date cards, invitations, or both. If you're planning to have a micro wedding, experts say to rethink the paper products you already have. Since this is an event that will be attended by just your closest family and friends, ordering new invitations likely won't be necessary. Use a follow up invitation with a 'change of plans' card. Your guests understand the degree of stress it's caused and will understand your need to focus on a small intimate group of guests. If you are getting ready to send invitations you can insert a request for email and your wedding website so guests can stay informed if plans do have to change.


Embrace Traditions
It's important to remember that your micro wedding isn't just something to do while you can't host a larger gathering—it's your actual wedding day. That means you should embrace any traditions you've always dreamed of for your nuptials. Including traditions or elements that are special or meaningful to you is the most important thing when it comes to planning your wedding. 


Get Creative with Your Color Palette
While you might be tempted to go with the exact same color palette and flowers you initially chose, we suggest saving that plan for the future celebration if you are having one and doing something different for your micro wedding, especially if you are having a change of venue.


Think About Safe Seating
Social distancing is paramount, even at a micro wedding, so it's important to consider a setup that will allow guests to have their own space. What about a round seating arrangement. A ceremony in the round is a good way to include all the guests that are present but still give them enough distance to stay safe. Everyone gets a great view and can hear without having to bring in speakers. Also, there's no better way to officially tie the knot than to be surrounded by everyone you love most. But there's also a good logistical reason why a ceremony in the round works so well for these small celebrations: If you're planning a livestream for guests who couldn't be present, this setup makes it easy for a videographer (or your computer or tablet) to capture your vows without obstructing anyone's view.


Emphasize Single-Serve Drinks and Food
To keep everyone safe, choose a menu peppered with single-serve options. Mini bottles of sparkling water or wine, complete with paper straws, work nicely for cocktail hour—a waiter can hand one out to each guest, which means no one has to line up at a bar or pour drinks from communal bottles. For food, pre-plated appetizers with a mix of everything on offer is a nice idea. Guests can stroll around with a plate of snacks and get as close to—or stay as distanced from—other guests at they feel comfortable with.


Set Up Alternative Types of Entertainment
Dancing might be out for your micro wedding, but that doesn't mean fun has to be. Think about setting up lawn games—properly spaced out—so that smaller groups can have a little fun. Lawn games, like giant jenga, Pétanque and chess are fun ideas for enjoying a cocktail hour or even just casual reception mingling. These types of activities allow you to have fun and connect with guests in a casual way without music/dancing. The Hatchery has ample outdoor space and lawn next to the wedding ceremony area to accomplish this with lots of chill space too. We are able to provide hand sanitizer or to set up sanitization stations throughout the party space so that guests can clean up before and after each game.


Think Dinner Party, Not Reception
Think about the reception part of the celebration as a dinner party. Doing so will allow you to better use your space—your micro wedding for 30 guests might be taking place in a space originally designed to fit 300. Having a small intimate group in a larger space will allow you to spread out and keep social distancing in check. Long tables are so great if you want to have guests spread out but still feel cozy. Also, large square tables lend themselves to social distance guidelines but have a grand feel that also fill up a large space. And if you're not planning to celebrate again, but rather want to put your entire budget to use on your micro wedding, you can possibly think of creative ways to reallocate those funds on a smaller guest list. First, think about décor, scale up your flowers during the ceremony, add a statement entrance to your reception space, or focus on smaller details, like floral napkin rings, that will make guests feel extra special. You can also reallocate funds on a more complex menu.


Pay Attention to the Details
Details are what make your celebration unique to the two of you, so don't skimp on them for a micro wedding. Beautiful linens, customized menus, and upgraded rentals can take your day to the next level. When planning your intimate wedding, it's helpful to keep in mind that smaller weddings make for a more intimate setting where you have the ability to get creative and added special touches to your celebration. Another important tip? Communicate with your photographer. Work with your photographer to create a timeline of your day to ensure you make the most of coverage time and are able to capture all the elements you hope to have photos of.


We trust that you will be going ahead with your wedding plans in 2020. Feel free to contact us with any questions on having your wedding, big or small, at The Hatchery.


Any decision to hold an event during the COVID-19 pandemic, no matter how large or small, should rely on a risk-based approach. WHO has provided guidance on how such a risk-based approach can be taken. This Q&A is focused on small, non-professional gatherings and events (i.e. birthday parties, children’s football games, family occasions). Precautions to consider include actions to prevent transmission between people, and where to hold the venue and how it can be modified to make a safer environment. Canceling a planned event is an option that should always be considered, especially in case of non-essential events or when precautions cannot be implemented or adequately communicated.

 

I am ATTENDING a small gathering or an event such as a wedding, a party or sports tournament. What precautions should I take to protect myself and others from getting infected with COVID-19?


  1. Always check local regulations before attending an event.
  2. Stay at home if you are feeling unwell.

  3. Always comply with the following 3 basic preventive measures: Maintain at least 1 metre distance from others, and wear a mask if you cannot guarantee this distance. Cover a sneeze or cough with a tissue or bent elbow, and immediately dispose of tissue in a closed-lid bin. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or with a hand sanitizer.


I am ORGANIZING a small gathering or an event such as a wedding, a party or sports tournament. What precautions should I take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among guests?

 

  1. Always check local guidelines before planning your event.
  2. Brief guests about precautions before the event starts; during the event, remind guests of these precautions and ensure they are followed.
  3. Choose outdoor venues over indoor spaces – if indoors, ensure the area is well-ventilated.
  4. Minimize crowding by staggering arrivals and departures, numbering entries, designating seats/places and marking the floor to ensure physical distancing between people of at least one meter. 
  5. Provide all necessary supplies – hand hygiene stations, hand sanitizer or soap and water, tissues, closed-lid bins, distance markers, masks.