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As some couples are choosing to wed in smaller size, intimate celebrations like elopements and microweddings have increased in popularity. In the time of COVID-19, the latest type of nuptial is the “minimony” followed by a sequel wedding or reception at a later date.
What Is a Minimony?
What exactly is a minimony? It’s exactly that: a minimony is a mini ceremony held with your loved ones, or simply a moment of commitment shared between yourselves. Given the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, couples have been opting to move forward with weddings or mini ceremonies for a range of reasons.
What makes this event different is its size and its meaning. A minimony is considered a commitment ceremony between you and your partner, and it can include up to 10 people—as long as you adhere to social distancing measures. The health of you and your loved ones should be priority throughout the planning and postponement process. Many couples who’ve had to postpone their nuptials (millions through summer 2020, in fact) are encouraged to consider a minimony to honor their original wedding date or to move forward with this option for legal purposes.
A minimony at Wee Weddings involves an officiant, a custom ceremony surrounded by no more than 10 of your loved ones, and a professional photographer to document your experience. Your minimony can include handwritten vows, a celebratory toast, sparkler send-off, and a first dance, as well as snapshots of details culled from your eventual sequel wedding. We define that next.
What Is a Sequel Wedding?
After your minimony, continue prepping for your sequel wedding, or the original wedding that you had planned prior to the pandemic. The Knot first defined the term in 2019 largely for couples deciding to have two distinct weddings for cultural, religious and other reasons. However, the sequel wedding has evolved, taking on new meaning as the coronavirus pandemic has prompted many to-be-weds to reconsider the order of their life events. There is no better time than now to create your own rules.
What do I do now?
Having a minimony allows you to solidify your union or to honor your first proposed date. Further down the line, throwing a sequel wedding will bring your wedding vision to life, and be confident in this: all couples are welcome to have both. If anything, it’s encouraged.
By choosing a minimony first, you’ll share a memory with your immediate loved ones, while eventually savoring your sequel wedding later. With a microwedding or minimony, you’ll be able to prioritize spending quality time with each and every loved one at your event. This is one case in which less is totally more. Whether or not you consider yourself a shy person, your dream wedding might be saying “I do” in front of 5 to 10 witnesses you adore, followed by dinner at your favorite restaurant—with no pressure, just love. And you should absolutely do it.
In short, if you want to have a minimony first followed by a sequel wedding and your dream party with your loved ones, then so be it. Now is the time to lean into building the foundation for your marriage, while a celebration with your loved ones will most certainly follow. And if a microwedding or an elopement sounds like it’s a reflection of you as a couple, then it’s a great way to remember your wedding day in a way that was yours. Truly.