Have any of your weddings been transitioned to a micro-wedding due to the pandemic? Have you added a micro-wedding or elopement package to your services?
We have had a few of our weddings that were planning to have larger guest counts stick with their original wedding date and have fewer guests invited.
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Within the last few weeks, I have added a "Simple and Sweet Weddings" option to my menu, whether the couple is transitioning or not.
I have had no weddings yet to transition to a micro wedding. My November bride is wanting to proceed with her original plans, as their schedules would not allow them to have a wedding until 2023 if not. I think we’ll be ok, just will need to implement social distancing and masks orders. It is a plated dinner, so no changes to dinner service.
I have added a micro wedding package to my services since quarantine began.
We recently booked our first elopement couple on Friday and are planning for them now!
We recently booked our first elopement couple on Friday and are planning for them now! They originally had a large NYC wedding planned but cancelled it due to COVID. They still wanted to be married this year so we are partnering with them to create a beautiful elopement getaway for them and 15-20 others who will all join digitally! We are planning to send celebratory gift boxes to all guests and are also planning a special dinner for two after the elopement and digital cocktail hour 🙂
Bridal couples have opted to move forward with marriages, some just with immediate family in attendance, yet event receptions and large celebrations are rescheduled until mid-2021, and beyond.
For Fall of 2020, we have had a few families that have decided to reduce the size of their events from the 300-400 range to a number closer to 50 or 60 guests.
We have seen a large number of our clients shift to an intimate ceremony or petite celebration this year and postpone the big wedding to next year.
We have seen a large number of our clients shift to an intimate ceremony or petite celebration this year and postpone the big wedding to next year. While we have not added a micro wedding or elopement package to our services per se, we have always welcomed new clients seeking planning + design services for more intimate, elevated celebrations!
We have been doing styled elopements and intimate weddings for the past 6 years, so we haven't had to pivot our business and service offerings.
We have had smaller guest counts than anticipated, but not many micro weddings in the transition from our normal wedding planning clientele. Many have postponed to later this year and early next so they can still have all of their friends and family present.
We have been doing styled elopements and intimate weddings for the past 6 years, so we haven’t had to pivot our business and service offerings. With already having a portfolio for these celebrations, we’ve been busier than ever with the number of new clients coming to Charleston for them. Whether it’s a bride from another state that had to postpone and wanted to get married now and celebrate later or a bride that was destined for a wedding overseas and isn’t sure when they will be able to travel.
We’re so grateful we’re able to help these sweet couples have the most magical day complete with all of the abundant florals, gorgeous backdrops, and stunning photos to remember their day.
Most of my weddings have transitioned to a micro wedding to celebrate their marriage but they are all opting to host a party in 2021 for a much larger group.
That has been one of our missions during this time is to show people how we can transition their big day into something amazing.
We have had a good amount of people who have gone to smaller micro weddings or luxury elopements. They are so much more intimate and laid back, I have really enjoyed these cozy shindigs.
Some don’t realize we can transfer even a portion of their original budget and have an over the top dream wedding. That has been one of our missions during this time is to show people how we can transition their big day into something amazing. We haven’t created a package yet – so far we just create custom packages based on the couple’s needs.
I have not crafted a package that caters specifically to micro weddings and elopements, instead, I have chosen to discuss it as an option with my couples.
Yes, a few of my weddings have transitioned for micro weddings/elopements. I have not crafted a package that caters specifically to micro weddings and elopements, instead, I have chosen to discuss it as an option with my couples. I explain to them that it’s a safer alternative and allows them to have a special moment for them. I also encourage them to include the idea of a one-year anniversary party in which they can proceed with their large scale plans so that their original guest list still feels a part of the special occasion!
We have included some micro-wedding packages that we work with amazing vendors to execute and have also included some all-inclusive 90 min pop-up weddings.
We haven’t adjusted our marketing to micro-weddings because we’ve always customized to those already and always have.
Apropos Creations have always offered services from as little or as much for a particular client to what they need. We customize our services to fit their actual needs. To have to “market” to a so-called micro-wedding, we definitely can do it. We haven’t adjusted our marketing to micro-weddings because we’ve always customized to those already and always have.
None of our existing clients have transitioned to micro-weddings, however, we do have a few new clients that will be having micro-weddings.
None of our existing clients have transitioned to micro-weddings, however, we do have a few new clients that will be having micro-weddings. We have not added a specific micro-wedding or elopement package to our services however we continue to customize our packages to our clients’ needs, including smaller / intimate weddings.
...we certainly offer all of the services customarily found in full-service wedding planning packages or elopement packages AND have the dexterity to offer much more (or less) based upon the specific needs of the couples we serve.
Hosting a large wedding is currently not an option in our area (we live, breathe, and operate in Napa and Sonoma County). With that being said, we’ve seen many of our 2020 weddings shift to smaller gatherings. This month, we have a wedding with a total of 10 attendees – which consists of two sets of parents, the couple, and two sets of siblings. They have opted to host the event in their backyard with each couple seated at their own table of two and socially distanced from each other.
We like to look at each wedding or event as a greater sum of each of their parts. Each event has a life and personality all its own and is as unique as each one of the couples we are fortunate to help guide. With that in mind, our wedding planning approach isn’t pre-fabricated in a package but rather tailored to fit the unique needs, cultural infusions, tastes, and interests of our couples.
So, while we haven’t added a specific “package” for smaller weddings to our services, we certainly offer all of the services customarily found in full-service wedding planning packages or elopement packages AND have the dexterity to offer much more (or less) based upon the specific needs of the couples we serve. This approach allows us to curate the experience in a way that is tangible and affords clients to remain in key decision-making roles while leaving the details of executing that vision to a seasoned pro.
Remember... just when you think your Plan A and B have been ruined, don't worry, Plan C is a great option too, especially during a pandemic.
Plan C is the new Plan A
I had the pleasure of meeting Carly and Jeff last year when they hired me to help plan their May 9, 2020 wedding at the Adler Planetarium. Then March came around, and we were in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic, so we pushed their wedding date back to July 24, 2020, with hopes that the city would re-open by then. Since we started planning their wedding in early 2019, it was so hard to tell my clients that their wedding was now going to be postponed until July 2020.
However, both of my clients are doctors, so they understood the situation better than anyone and had no problem pushing their wedding back a few months. Shortly after, the city of Chicago announced that they would not have any gatherings of more than 50 people, and we had to again postpone their wedding to June 2021.
Then came “Plan C,” the idea of having a micro-wedding of 40 guests in order to keep their July 24, 2020 date and hosting their big wedding next year at the Planetarium as originally planned. This has become a new trend this summer due to COVID-19.
Now came the tricky part. My clients both live in Seattle, WA, and all 40 of their guests live in different states, with none living in Illinois. We also needed to find a venue that would mirror something close to the Planetarium’s magnificent skyline views, and we found just that at the J Parker rooftop in Lincoln Park. It was great to see this beautiful rooftop transform into a gorgeous wedding ceremony site overlooking Lincoln Park, complete with a stunning chuppah designed by Anthony Gowder Designs. The processional song was sung by Entourage, who continued singing the night away for guests to enjoy the music. The food was deliciously catered by Boca, and the service was excellent. In true 2020 style, Munaco Pictures streamed the entire ceremony and part of the reception for all of their guests to enjoy virtually!
Due to COVID-19, several of the hotels in Chicago are still closed, including the Hilton Chicago, which was Carly and Jeff’s original hotel block. However, the Hilton graciously moved their block of rooms to the Drake Hotel, one of Hilton’s most beautiful hotels located on the Gold Coast. Carly and Jeff were even offered the Princess Diana Suite, which was a great gathering place for all their family and friends to visit while at the hotel.
Remember… just when you think your Plan A and B have been ruined, don’t worry, Plan C is a great option too, especially during a pandemic.
We haven’t added any new micro-wedding or elopement packages, but all of our packages are customized to suit your needs.
It has truly been such a rewarding experience helping couples transition their original wedding plans to something new while still honoring their love story and connection!