The current situation should not put anyone off celebrating their dream wedding day. In 2020 we learnt to adapt and celebrate with intimate ceremonies, filling space with beautiful decorations, reaching out virtually and being creative with entertainment. Here are our top 5 tips for planning your eco-friendly micro wedding.

Wedding venue

Choosing your wedding venue is one of the most important parts of planning your wedding day. With smaller numbers of guests being allowed at weddings due to covid restrictions we think intimate venues including private gardens, cosy barns and woodland settings are perfect. A venue which can host both your wedding preparations, ceremony, photographs and reception is great for reducing travel pollution and also being convenient for both you and your guests. Natural scenery provides beautiful backdrops for capturing intimate and special moments as well as gramworthy photos.

Flower arrangements

With fewer guests, there will be more space. By filling this space with locally sourced and seasonal foliage, your venue will not feel as empty. Try to be eco-friendly when choosing your flowers. Be inspired by the season, whether its brightly coloured daffodils or irises in spring, or beautiful dahlias in autumn. Speak to local florists who might be able to use foliage and flowers close to home. If you choose a outdoor venue, why not be inspired by your surroundings. You can find out more with our guide to more sustainable flowers for your wedding day.

Entertainment

Intimate ceremonies also give more time for entertainment. Supporting local entertainers and small businesses is so important at the moment. Getting your guests outside and exploring your venue is great for creating memories - why not create socially distanced games which include your guests, or activities such as crafts for your special day.

Wedding favours

Wedding favours are great as tokens of memories of your special day. When choosing your wedding token why not consider a wedding favour which can be posted to those who cannot make your special day. Our favourite wedding favour ideas is seeds. When they flower in your guest's garden each year they will be a reminder of your wedding day. Why not choose seeds inspired by flowers found at your wedding venue.

Going virtual

Going virtual means that nobody will miss out on your special day. You could live stream your vows, have speeches over zoom or maybe hold a virtual quiz about the newlyweds. Keeping in contact with everyone you love has never been so important. Be creative with how you include people who cannot be there. You could create a video tour of the venue, book a videographer to stream the event, or host a virtual party.

To find out more about holding a micro wedding at Marks Hall Estate speak to our events team [email protected] and book your virtual viewing.

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