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How To Plan a Micro Wedding (Part Two: Decor)

Landing somewhere between an elopement and a big, traditional affair, micro weddings, not surprisingly, have become the next big thing. Atmosphere Events Group walks us through the design details of creating a memorable intimate celebration.

By Lisa Shames

Contrary to what you’ve been told, size doesn’t matter. Or at least it doesn’t when it comes to creating a beautiful wedding.

While micro weddings are nothing new—in fact, smaller weddings have been trending for some time—in these days of COVID-19, they’ve become more popular than ever. Sure, a micro wedding will look different with less tables, formal traditions and, yes, people. (The definition of a micro wedding puts the guest list at around 50.) But all the truly important elements that make a wedding special and unforgettable remain.

“Maybe not everyone you originally wanted to invite is there, but the people that matter the most are,” says Gina Mazzaferri, studio manager and lead designer at Atmosphere Events Group. “You can still have a few toasts, dinner and dancing with your loved ones.”

Since COVID-19 became a part of our lives, Atmosphere Events Group, a full production company based in Elk Grove Village offering a wide range of floral, decor and lighting services, has received plenty of inquiries about availability of future dates as well as requests from those opting to continue with their nuptial plans.

For those who want to do the latter, Mazzaferri offers some advice. “If you’re not okay waiting with uncertainty until potentially one week before your day, just postpone. It’s not worth the stress that it will cause to keep holding out for a day that is, unfortunately, out of our hands right now,” she says. “But if the waiting doesn't bother you, then go and get married! Don’t let this stop your day from happening, even if it looks a little different than you envisioned.”

So now that you’ve given your wedding the green light, what should you know about planning your decor?

Well, first off, says Mazzaferri, design concepts can generally stay the same from what was discussed for the original date, albeit downsized a bit. “Honestly, nothing really has to be that different,” she says. “We can keep the same design concept that couples were originally planning for, just scaling down a handful of tables to accommodate the new guest count.”

What also stays consistent is putting the couple first and foremost. “The entire design concept that was dreamt up by the couple and created by one of our designers can remain exactly the same,” says Mazzaferri, including the same color palette, florals (given that they are in season) and as much of the couple's vision that they’re wanting to still see.

And while product availability initially was an issue back in the early days of COVID—“We get our flowers from all over the world so the logistics of how they arrive at our shop completely broke down, and all we could do was wait,” says Mazzaferri—that isn’t a problem anymore.

The planning process looks and feels mostly the same, too, starting with an initial phone call consultation to get a clear understanding of the event and the couple's needs. From there, a design proposal and estimate are created. In some cases, there will be a floral sample meeting, followed by discussions on any last changes or adjustments right up to the actual wedding day.

But lest we forget, there is an added micro-wedding design bonus. “If we decrease the amount of guest tables and centerpieces, we can put that much more into blowing a sweetheart or head table out of the water. Just depends on what the bride and groom’s priorities are and how that may shift with a micro wedding,” says Mazzaferri, “Less guest tables means more money to focus on decor for the couple, whether it’s their table, their personal floral or a photo backdrop.”

Sounds like a win-win situation to us.

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