Minimony, Microwedding & Elopement

Minimony vs Microwedding vs Elopement: 2020 has brought so many changes to our lives and how we do things. With 80% of 2020 weddings having been postponed, couples are choosing to move forward with their celebrations with a whole new approach to their wedding day. With all the changes to gathering sizes due to COVID-19, these three terms are all the buzz. So here is your guide to the differences between the type of events, so you can find out which option is best for you and your partner.

What Is a Minimony?

A minimony is a mini ceremony held with your loved ones, or simply a moment of commitment shared between yourselves. It typically consists of a party of up to 10 people, usually close family and friends – as long as you adhere to social distancing measures.

A minimony is a great option for those who want to honour their original wedding date but plan to host a larger-scale wedding in the future. Note that a minimony does consist of an officiant and is, therefore, a legal wedding. This is important, as you won’t need to go through the legal process again at the second event. 

What if Grandma and Grandpa can’t fly because of the coronavirus? There are a lot of other options, including online streaming services, and, of course, you can always have your cousin run FaceTime on an iPad. It’s not the most elegant, but it gets the point across.

Photos courtesy of The Wedding Ring

What Is a Microwedding?

A microwedding is an intimate affair, typically with no more than 50 guests. They still feature time-honored traditions that make a wedding but on a much smaller scale —often immediate family and super-close friends only.

The flexibility and intimate experience are exactly why microweddings are becoming a trend amidst the COVID situation. Let us make it crystal clear – micro does not mean a small wedding. You can splurge on more as the guest list is less, make it more luxe and intimate to personalize it more according to your taste and personality.

Photos courtesy of: Top left: Hatt Photography, Top right: Photography by Sho, Top right middle: DA Photography, Middle left top: Anne Edgar Photography, Middle left: Dianne Brandon Photography, Bottom left & right: Karissa Poot Photography

What Is an Elopement?

An elopement refers to a marriage conducted in a sudden and secretive fashion. There are no guests in attendance, rather it is just the wedding couple and an officiant. As elopements become more popular, many wedding venues now offer packages that cater to couples’ who wish to elope. These packages often revolve around granting access to a remote and highly photogenic location. An elopement is a popular choice for couples who would prefer a secluded and intimate wedding. However, the cost of eloping varies depending on where you choose to elope. Couples who want to save money may choose to elope at a location that is open to the public. Another couple may choose to travel to a destination or may be willing to pay for access to and the use of a privately owned property.

“Our original wedding plan was a 100 person castle wedding on Vancouver Island, but due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, reality turned into a 20 person physically distanced backyard elopement. The only plan we truly kept was being married by the end of it and we promised ourselves that after a million different iterations of the day that we dreamt of, no matter what would happen the day-of… would be perfect and exactly how it was meant to be.” – Tiffany & Kiana

Photos above courtesy of Kelsey Goodwin Photography

Minimony, Microwedding or Elopement

If you have had to cancel or postpone your planned wedding due to current events, consider downsizing it into a minimony, microwedding or elopement. With the possibility of 2021 weddings continuing to be affected by gathering limits, any wedding can be turned into a minimony, microwedding or elopement with major adjustments to the guest list. It all depends on what your vision is for the day.

Remember: Love Is Not Canceled!

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