Social-distancing measures and guest list limitations have sparked a new trend in the bridal industry: minimonies. This new type of ceremony is typically shared with a small group of loved ones or, in some cases, just the bride and groom.
While the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic still looms large, many couples are opting to move forward with their wedding; albeit in adjusted ways by keeping the health and safety of their guests in mind. Here’s what you need to know to make your big day “mini.”
Why Go Mini?
Most notably, moving forward with a minimony allows couples to keep their original wedding date. Of course, there are several reasons why couples choose specific dates to hold their wedding dates, many of which have a special or meaningful significance. But choosing to have a minimony rather than postponing your wedding altogether means you don’t have to sacrifice your special date.
In addition to keeping your original date, and depending on what limitations and guidelines are issued where you live, minimony weddings mean not having to lose out on your socially-distanced venue or deposit. However, most minimonies take place at homes with an officiant and a small group of people, ranging from 10 to 15 loved ones, combined with live virtual streaming.
Are Minimonies Legal?
States like Colorado, New York, and Ohio were the first to make virtual wedding ceremonies legal, and many others have followed suit by not only recognizing virtual ceremonies but also allowing couples to apply for a marriage license online. Not every state is on board; however, a minimony can serve as a precursor to a sequel wedding or a micro-wedding, both of which can bring your wedding daydreams to life after you recite your minimony nuptials.
How Do You Plan a Minimony?
When it comes to your minimony, there really isn’t too much planning involved. Because you are keeping your original wedding date, you don’t have to go through the stress of postponing your big day and coordinating details for a new date. Typically, you’ll have to make some adjustments.
Luckily, many wedding pros and vendors are flexible and are hopping right on the minimony trend. Naturally, you will have to trim your in-person guest list. Just avoid any hard feelings by inviting your entire guest list to join in on the celebration, virtually.
Don’t forget to keep your wedding website up to date with current information. Update your site to include a link to join your virtual wedding so everyone can celebrate with you from a distance.
What’s the Future of the Minimony?
In recent years, brides and grooms have bucked traditional wedding standards by forgoing outdated traditions, opting to elope, ditching bridal parties, and leaving behind the bouquet and garter toss. The minimony seems to be part of the progression of the evolution of the traditional wedding, where couples are at the center of it all.
The bridal industry is facing a new reality. And with the uncertainty of the pandemic and what it might mean to the wedding industry, it’s only natural that the minimony will become a popular option in place of a more traditional ceremony.
Go (Small) or Go Home
Don’t go big — go mini. From keeping your date to celebrating with your closest friends and family, there’s plenty of reasons to take your big day, mini.