Lots of couples have had to postpone the big weddings they had planned due to the coronavirus, but some are opting to stick with their wedding date and have a low-key ceremony. So many of them are doing it, they’re sparking a new trend in the bridal biz: the “minimony.” Brides and grooms who don’t want to wait to say “I do” are doing it in front of a few loved ones at a safe social distance and having other guests watch online.
Many of these couples are still planning to reschedule larger celebrations when they’re allowed. And there are a lot of engaged couples out there being affected by this, according to wedding planning site TheKnot.com, there were more than 550-thousand weddings planned in the U.S. for April, May, and June of this year alone. Small weddings with 50 guests or fewer only made up 8% of U.S. weddings last year, but that number will be going up this year as a result of the pandemic.
Vendors that specialize in micro weddings, like PopTheKnot.com, say they’ve seen an increase in interest recently as couples try to shift their plans. The minimonies don’t give them the weddings they were dreaming of, but the couples who’ve had them are glad they did. Renee McCarthyjust tied the knot with her husband, Ryan, in a scaled-down ceremony with 24 guests and says, “We couldn’t be happier with how our wedding turned out.”