[Credit: Lindsay King Photography]
Poppy launched in January of this year, and since then, we’ve booked 70 weddings, with another 30 in the pipeline. Because of coronavirus, almost all of these weddings have been “micro weddings” (aka mini-weddings, mini-monies, petite soirées, elopements, tiny weddings, etc.). We’ve learned a lot about how to plan a micro-wedding this year and want to share our key tips with couples planning their own.
We’ve had couples get married on the steps of the Supreme Court, a ZOOM wedding in their backyard, and the rooftop of a sushi restaurant. Weddings this year look different from previous years — and that’s not a bad thing. You want to find a space designed for an intimate gathering of 50 people or fewer, and most wedding venues are designed for much larger parties. Don’t be afraid to get creative; in 2020, the rules are meant to be broken. Because your non-traditional venue may not be super experienced with the flow of a wedding day, I recommend designating a day-of coordinator to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Even though you may not have envisioned your wedding in this format a year ago, you will never regret having beautiful photos of you, your fiancé and your guests. Wedding photographers often pull double duty as coordinators and emcees, gently guiding the event’s run of show and coordinating special moments like the couple’s “first look” to the cake cutting. Even if every other aspect of your wedding is scaled down, your photography budget should remain intact. Your future self will thank you, and your wedding day will run more smoothly because of it. In the DC area, we can’t recommend highly enough Stephanie Dee Photography. We’ve also loved working with Photos from the Harty and Jenny B Photography.
When we first start talking to couples, often their vision is wide-ranging and some key details like guest count aren’t yet pinned down. As we get to know them over the course of the next several months, we hone in on a vision together — and my team thrives on the details. Wedding vendors are creatives at heart, and they love to visualize a beautiful, personalized space that reflects the personality of the couple. A picture speaks a thousand words, so share as many as you can to help convey your aesthetic and inspiration so that you can be on the same page as the creatives bringing your special day to life.
This gives us and their other wedding vendors a chance to really connect with them and get to know their personal tastes — and the only thing better than one celebration is two. The microwedding also gives couples a chance to test and try things for the larger wedding/reception or go in a completely different style direction just for fun. From what we have seen and heard from couples, the microwedding has been surprisingly more special than they imagined, so take time to really enjoy it.
If you decide to postpone your large wedding for a later date, do keep in mind that wedding professionals are booking up quickly for 2021 (we’re already receiving inquiries for 2022), so make sure you’ve got your major vendors in place well over a year in advance of your new date.
We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world.
Wishing ALL our couples, and future couples, delight, enjoyment, and, most importantly, love.