Your head count is always important. After all, wedding experts break down the total by cost per person. This also informs your where you can spend your money. Twenty guests vs. ten guests is a big difference when you consider table settings and dinner. And while your aunt Shirley desperately want you to invite cousin Ralph, try to keep in mind that the point of a microwedding is to keep things intimate. Brisman suggests making a general rule to cut your list down. For instance, “21 and over”or “no plus-ones unless it’s really serious” are easy ways to cut down on your number without hurting feelings.
Sticking to your guest list is also crucial in terms of safety when it comes to COVID-19. Make sure to check with local and state guidelines to follow gathering mandates. You want to land on a number where you can safely and legally gather and remain socially distant during all the wedding activities.
3. Research and pick a venue
The best thing about a microwedding is that you have so many more options for where you can hold it since you don't have to find a space that's roomy enough for 150 people. Whether it's a dreamy backyard that can be bedazzled with fairy lights, a public space that's important to you (like a park where you can apply for a permit) or a favorite restaurant, your venue will set the tone for the evening. And part of that tone is how safe people feel. Does your venue have sanitation policies in place in light of COVID or are they skirting around the issue? It's imperative to learn about all of your vendors' responses to COVID—especially if they're handling food services—and decide if they meet your expectations.