Natalie tells us all about her Covid Micro Wedding...
We originally had 120 guests planned - but like all weddings this year 2020 had other plans! Dan and I were on the same page from March - we had a few friends postpone and we knew that as long as the situation allowed we would go ahead. We created 3 lists in May, a "must have" list of non negotiable have to be there, "the thirty" and "the big 5-0" and this was one of the best things that we did it made it easy to make those quick decisions later on guests. Thankfully we were so fortunate that we were able to have a group of 29 (believe me when you have spent time with just one other person for months, 29 feels like a right crowd).
I would be lying if I said the lead up to the wedding wasn't stressful, it was hard taking every day as it came and only having some certainty 6 weeks before that it may go ahead (Google must have been so fed up with my wedding covid searches). We had some amazing suppliers who helped make the dream a reality, one of the best things we did on the lead up to the wedding was hire a planner and coordinator. Aimee (Velvet Rose Events) was amazing and without her it would have been a hell of a lot more disorganised. She helped organise the other suppliers, printing, styling, prop hire. This helped free Dan and I up for last minute dress & suit fittings which were made a little bit more awkward with COVID restrictions. The venue was super flexible with the rooms that we could used, so we planned to downsize the room for the reception to be more suitable for 30 rather than 120.
We had a few more curveballs thrown at us along the way, Dan's best man's wife was pregnant, shielding and due 6 days before the wedding. Sadly 5 weeks before the wedding he decided that it would be best to hand over duties to another friend as it was unlikely they would be able to attend. So we had a new best man to suit and boot but no problems there. My maid of honour was also due 10 days before the wedding so we were on baby watch all round.
The wedding day itself was so relaxing, thanks to COVID we had the venue to ourselves all weekend so were able to stay over the night before. On the morning I had breakfast with my bridesmaids and then we started to get ready. In the mean time Aimee, the venue staff and other suppliers were busy getting the ceremony rooms and reception set up.
My Dad pulled out the full waterworks when he saw me in my dress and set off one of my other bridesmaids so they both had a good cry.
The ceremony was really lovely some beautiful readings and lots of crying! It was a nice day (some of Englands finest) so we had drinks and canapés outside in the sun, and one amazing thing to come with COVID is the individual plate of canapés - no longer is your uncle taking the lions share of the goods!
We then sat down to have the wedding breakfast, Ham Hock Terrine, followed by Beef Wellington and a trio of desserts which was so tasty. Then some great speeches were done by my Dad, Dan, Farrell (Dan's best man no.2) and Jade (my maid of honour). We all talked through the evening until we had a little impromptu first dance outside by candle light to Nat King Cole's L-O-V-E, Dan and I would be out on the first week of strictly but it was nice to see everyone laughing!
The evening was coming to a close and our Dad's said there was something waiting for us in the bar, we went through and there was a TV set up. We all gathered round to then watch messages from all the guests that couldn't be with us, such a lovely touch and I cried so much, mostly with happiness to see everyone give us their best wishes.
I would recommend anyone to have a wedding now - in these strange times there is nothing better than spending a day with the people most important to you. You make be surprised how it turns out to be better than the day you have always imagined..