After a spike in coronavirus cases couples across England are faced with the prospect of cutting down their long awaited wedding plans to an intimate ceremony of just 15 people following the latest government guidelines.
Prospective brides and grooms may be feeling the pressure after being forced to axe people from their guest list and now dealing with an empty-feeling wedding ceremony.
Here are a few ideas for planning your mini nuptials.
FILL AN EMPTY SPACE WITH EXTRA FLOWERS
With only 15 people, couples may find their wedding feels a little emptier than they had imagined when they first began planning.
In order to fill the space and create an intimate setting for the ceremony try adding a statement visual piece in the room, such as a floral installation.
By adding extra flowers that fill the room in height and width or a large central table for all 15 guests to sit at as the focal point of the room, people won’t notice the extra space.
Use candlelight and lanterns for a warm, romantic glow instead of bright lighting.
MAKE THE WHOLE DAY AN EXPERIENCE BY PLAYING GAMES
Despite your big day not looking quite how you envisaged, there are still ways to make it feel more personal.
By making the wedding day an experience it will make the day extra special.
Small in size doesn’t have to be small in nature. Create some fun experiences for your guests to do together.
Try getting the guests to play games to get everyone involved .
Consider making any social distancing measures fun – getting married at this time is something you won’t ever forget so use it.
SPLASH YOUR EXTRA CASH ON PRIORITY ITEMS
With a smaller, more intimate ceremony, couples may have managed to save a lot more money than they originally anticipated.
Use the extra cash you would have spent on your ‘big do’ to splurge on priority items.
Have two or three ‘stars of the show’ such as Michelin star food, an open bar, a live singer, gorgeous flowers on every surface, or a venue you didn’t think you could afford before.
Splash the cash on a wonderful outfit, venue, or restaurant experience for you and your handful of guests, with only the finest champagne being poured all day long.
INVITE YOUR AXED GUESTS TO WATCH ON ZOOM
Set up a big screen to connect with people who are unable to make it on the day.
You could live stream your first dance and zoom greet everyone afterwards, so they get to wish you well after you have tied the knot, even asking your virtual guests to dress for the occasion.
That way you get to see all your guests in their finery, getting emotional during the vows and see their happy faces celebrating with you.
Or ask people to do readings and speeches via Zoom.
A FEW OF YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS …
The wedding should reflect you and your partner’s tastes and be a celebration of the things that you both love. It is easy to get swept up in trends and pressures of how to do things but try to remain true to your own list of ideas and ensure you are planning the wedding that is in your mind, not that of the planner or a relative. Take advice and take time to consider what you really want to see, the structure of the day and those elements you are not willing to compromise on.
And even if it’s just the two of you on the dance floor make sure you live in the moment and cherish every single minute of your special day.