Micro-celebrations are 2021's biggest wedding trend and local restaurants and venues are gearing up

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Micro-weddings are the go to trend for those who plan to say 'I do' in 2021, and local venues are getting ready. Photo courtesy Getty Images
Micro-weddings are the go to trend for those who plan to say 'I do' in 2021, and local venues are getting ready. Photo courtesy Getty Images
  • In the past, planning a wedding was considered both fun and stressful.
  • Now, Covid-19 has compounded the stress, while removing most of the fun.
  • Couples have seen their wedding plans thrown into disarray, as they lose time, money and even hope, with the pandemic constantly shifting the goalposts.
  • Yet, this very uncertainty has given rise to an exciting new trend - the rise of micro weddings.

Gone are the days of big, impersonal guest lists. These unique and highly personal affairs offer a careful and curated approach, which sees couples bringing together a small group of loved ones to celebrate safely and in style.

In a previous W24 article, we noted, A micro-wedding is defined as one with 50 people or fewer people. In the same article, Jordan, a from the Sullivan Group, a wedding venue in Houston, Texas, USA, noted that space is key and there are different techniques, like hiring unique entertainment, where we can spread the guests out and not congregate on the dance-floor necessarily.

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The best part about choosing to have a micro-wedding is that some of the more traditional elements can still be included, such as the cake, a first dance, bouquet throwing and decor.

Among the local venues embracing this new (and necessary) trend is popular Cape Town restaurant, Grub and Vine which is headed up by well-known Chef Matt Manning. The venue is one of the first Cape Town-based restaurants to include weddings as part of its offering.

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Matt explains how they are embracing the new normal. "We hosted our first wedding celebration last year; a small yet stunning affair that was made all the more special by its intimacy. You could feel the closeness between those in the wedding party - each and every guest was there because they were someone the couple cherished, and who they felt safe celebrating among.” 

"We realised that we already have the necessary Covid protocols in place, as well as the capacity to host fuss-free and beautiful city weddings and have since decided to make it part of our offering,” he adds.

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Following hot on the heels of the micro-living trend, micro weddings are set to boom this year. Those hosted in the city have the obvious advantage of being significantly more affordable than traditional Wineland and beachfront venues. At the same time, the unique cityscape adds a stunning urban edge to celebratory photographs.

With the continued precariousness of the global situation and with no definitive end date yet in sight, couples have had to postpone. Indefinitely are looking for fresh, cost-effective, stylish, and most importantly, safe alternatives to large celebrations, proving that love finds a way even in the most tumultuous times.

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