As Rocky Mountain Wedding Planners, we have gotten creative over the past 15 months for our couples who have wanted to get married on their original date but are anxious to still have a party in the future. For some an elopement is too mini and they picture saying their vows with a few of their nearest and dearest guests and a micro wedding might not be possible under ceremony only restrictions. Introducing the minimony, an intimate sized ceremony only wedding celebration perfect for couples who want to celebrate across multiple dates.
What is a Minimony & Why Should I Consider It?
A minimony is a tiny-sized (mini) ceremony, to share the commitment of marriage with your closest loved ones. This definition is new to the wedding industry with an increasing number of couples choosing to move forward with part of their wedding celebrations and postponing their larger or “sequel” wedding to a later date.
Couples often chose a minimony to honour their original wedding date, for legal reasons or because they just don’t want to wait any longer to say “I Do!”. Having a minimony does not mean you only party at the later date, you can save your personal vows, being escorted down the aisle, your designer gown and special ceremonial traditions for the sequel wedding as well! It is truly about you and your partner and taking that first step into marriage together where are a micro wedding or sequel wedding focuses on the experience with your other loved ones.
1. Create Your Intimate Guest List
Who are your ultimate “must have there” people? Whether it is 2-8 of your closest friends or family, make sure you feel excited and confident in moving forward with a tiny ceremony with those people by your side! Remember your officiant counts in your 10 person guest count so if you are tight on numbers ask a friend or family member to get their temporary marriage commissioner application in!
2. Go Big & Get Creative
We are talking beautiful floral installations, lounge style seating for your guests or rent gorgeous chairs, a new bridal look (hello short or colourful dresses!), gift bags filled with treats for your guests, that 5 piece invitation suite that you’ve been eyeing on Instagram, and of course an epic venue like Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise!
3. Do You Want a Livestream?
If you want to share this intimate moment with friends and family afar, talk about if live streaming your ceremony would be a good fit for your day. We highly recommend using a professional service so the audio can be properly captured and limit any technical issues! It also allows those 2-8 guests to be fully present instead of worrying about an internet connection on an iPad!
4. Incorporate Other Elements into your Ceremony
Maybe that is having a parent come up to say something at the beginning or end of the ceremony or a unity ceremony (wine or sand ceremony, handfasting, light a unity candle) or a first dance after the recessional or even writing love letters to each other to re read at your future “sequel” wedding!
5. Safety First!
Most minimony ceremonies are occurring under heavy restrictions so being clear about risk mitigation tactics is so important! Physical distancing between households, chair tags (make them cute!), individual bottles of bubbles, minimal mingling and programs with guideline are great ways to keep your guests safe while celebrating your union. Check with your venue on their restrictions and you can always chat with a wedding planner to help manage and plan through the restrictions!
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