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Just Say I Do
You or a family member is ready to say “I Do” and you don’t want to put it off until who knows when. Your carefully constructed and thoughtful wedding plans simply don’t work with the current pandemic restrictions, and suddenly, the arrangements for your magical day need to change.
It’s disappointing. We get it. The good news: micro weddings offer a creative alternative to celebrate in a safe and meaningful way. You may feel defeated and simply don’t have the energy to come up with a completely different plan, but this is your wedding. Fortunately, event planners who specialize in creating wonderful celebrations on a smaller scale can help.
What Exactly is a Micro Wedding?
A micro wedding is an intimate celebration shared with the couple’s closest friends and family. Typically, no more than 50 guests attend. The ceremony can be formal or casual, and often includes traditional wedding elements, but on a smaller scale. This wedding trend is not actually new; it was already popular prior to the pandemic as couples looked for ways to both simplify and cut costs. However, demand increased substantially this year as the pandemic forced people to adapt.
“The average wedding today costs around $34k, and that’s just ONE DAY!, said Altar owner, Eva Wilkins. “That’s the equivalent of a nice vehicle or a sizeable down payment on a home! The micro wedding trend was already on the rise before COVID-19, and we expect to see it expand well beyond this year.”
Altar hosts small, thoughtfully planned 90 minute celebrations. These events include a consultation with a personal planner, a brief ceremony with cake cutting and a champagne toast at a carefully chosen location in the DFW area. Wilkins went on to say,
“I know how much weddings, big or small, can mean to a family. My goal is to be a significant resource for couples and take them through a seamless process where they only have to choose a few customizable options such as cake, bridal bouquet and music.”
Wilkins partners with a creative community of local vendors such as invitation designers, florists, musicians, photographers, bakeries, officiants and local hotels for guests. Live stream vow exchanges, videography and food are all great add-ons. She strives to meet your every need and provide a stylized and safe experience for all.
Making the Best of Your Plan B
Though your celebration will look different than originally planned, it can still be meaningful, heartfelt, and delightful. Love is not cancelled. Take a deep breath and remember the pandemic threw a monkey wrench into a lot of plans this year. These are challenging times, but the bottom line is you can still get married. No hard and fast rules exist in these unprecedented times, so you can customize your event to specifically meet your needs, fit your budget and reflect who you are as a couple. Enlist the help of a professional who has the expertise and connections to help make it happen.
As Altar says in their tagline, “Just say I do”.
all images courtesy of Altar Events
Eva Wilkins is the owner of Altar Events in the DFW Metroplex. She creates stunning all-inclusive stress-free wedding experiences with a focus on simple, unique and safe celebrations. In today’s pandemic world, Eva helps couples coordinate affordable alternate plans to personalize their special day. Her ability to relate, be flexible, and offer creativity to clients makes the process easy and fun. With over 14 years in hospitality, event planning and sales, Eva has great experience within the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex catering community. She is well connected with officiants, caterers, event spaces musicians, photographers, videographers, florists and more.
Eva is proud to say she is a long time Richardson, TX resident and attended University of North Texas, in Denton. She passionately supports local businesses and community affairs. Eva gains inspiration of culture, trend setting ideas that influence food, travel, architecture, and of course, events!