Boris devastated the nation with his 15 people wedding rule a couple of weeks ago and it has us all feeling sorry for ourselves. But, before you make any rash decisions about your upcoming wedding, grab a glass of wine (or a bottle… definitely a bottle!) and let’s see what we can do…
You just want to be able to get married surrounded by all of your loved ones, I totally get it!! (July 2021 bride here with all her fingers crossed). You want it to be a massive celebration without all these stupid (but completely necessary rules). For the foreseeable (potentially 6 months) we all have to move things around. But I’m here to tell you your micro wedding doesn’t have to be just your ceremony and a meal. You can add entertainment into the mix!
Unusual entertainment ideas for your micro wedding reception!
I don’t want to start by being be a party pooper, but do check with your wedding venue before you start booking your new suppliers. It seems some venues rules are slightly different to others.
Sparklers or fireworks
With the 3-hour reception rule, have your ceremony later in the day and finish your night with fireworks or sparklers! Who doesn’t love waving a sparkler about? Think of the photos!!
Hire a comedian
You need a well-ventilated room and your guests to be sat in their social bubbles, but how cute would a super intimate comedy show be?!? If it has to be outside then ask your guests to bring their own blankets and hang up some fairy lights! You could even serve mulled wine, cider or hot Pimm’s or something a little less Christmassy but something warm!
So, it’s a bit of a hen/stag do vibe, but you know your guests would love it. You could ask them to base the cocktails on your favourite tv programs or films or even you and your other half! We all know mine would have to be blue, what would yours be?
Its different, your guests will love it and you’ll have something else to frame (as well as the photos)!
Hear me out, there’s some fab ones for social occasions – Funemployed is an absolutely cracking game! Think Cards against Humanity but applying for a job with 1 card. My Grandad once got the doctor job with his fishnet knee high stockings!! I probably didn’t explain that right so here’s a ridiculously cheesy example video. What do you meme? Because who doesn’t love a meme?!? And basically anything Big Potato Games sells!
Alternative ideas for the extra restrictions on your wedding!
There’s a list of things that ‘regular’ weddings have but ‘he who must not be named’ has set out some rules that might stop you from having them. But don’t worry, I’ve found several loopholes that might mean you can have them! Again, they are things to negotiate with your venue!
Your guests have to sit in their households 1-2metres apart. So why not set things out a little different? You, your partner, registrar or celebrant could be in the middle with your guests surrounding you – so essentially everyone gets a front row seat!
You’re advised against confetti, so why not ask your venue is you can have confetti canons? Get a member of your I Do crew on either side of you and set them off at the same time! The photos will so be worth it. You can get them in supermarkets or eco-friendly ones are available on Etsy! Otherwise you could definitely have a bubble machine!!
I think you can have a cake to cut and everyone have a piece but if not, have a smaller cake for you and your partner to cut and then each guest can have their own cupcake to eat!
Instead of passing a book around for everyone to sign, you could have pieces of paper at their place setting with a pen so they can all write their own and you can make your own scrapbook with them. Or you could place a Jenga piece at each seat and they can sign them or add extra fun by getting them to write a truth or dare on their piece. So, you end up with a game of Jenga mixed with truth or dare – warning it will definitely turn into a drinking game for future parties! Or you could ask them to write a date night on each piece. There are so many different things you can do with this one!
Family ceremony and reception followed by ‘I do crew’ drinks!
If you have a bigger guestlist than the allotted 15. You could have family for your ceremony and
meal. Followed by drinks in a bar with your 6 of your friends still in your wedding outfits!! Imagine the compliments!! (This one depends on which tier your location is in)
Pre make some pick and mix bags for each of your guests! It’ll be like taste of nostalgia like a kid’s birthday party bag and everyone will love it!
Disclaimer: These are all idea for you to ask your venue about. The guidelines seem to be changing every damn day, so it unfortunately all depends on the rules on your date, venue and your locations tier. I just want you all to know that this is a really shit situation but we can definitely make it better. Here’s a link to the Government guidelines.
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