Benefits of Hosting a Small Riviera Maya Wedding in Times of COVID
After COVID19, small weddings in the Riviera Maya are perfect for daring, creative
ideas. “Although you can go as big or small with a micro wedding as you want, there’s
no reason you can’t have all the amazing details—like stunning flowers—and also
splurge a little on photography or videography because you’re saving money on the
food bill. Hosting a small wedding also allows for more organization, venue
possibilities, and more time spent with each guest. There are only benefits when
considering a small wedding after a COVID wedding.
Guests Benefit from small Weddings Too. The smaller guest list means you can host in
more personal locations, and take the time to create an experience that you and your
guests will remember fondly forever. Having fewer guests means being able to invest a
good part of the budget in other aspects, such as the set-ups, the photo/video service,
the dresses, and the entertainment of the guests. You can ‘pamper’ your guests more
by organizing some surprises for them (for example a tourist visit, a welcome dinner,
a brunch, a tasting) during the days before or after the wedding. Also, you can really
choose any location in Playa del Carmen or Tulum, which would be impossible to
achieve for a classic wedding. Also you will be able to spend more time with each guest
and family member.
All your bills will be reduced by more than a half!
You wont need to hire your vendors for long periods of time. Perhaps 6hrs will be
more than enough. The Wedding venue can be now smaller, more intimate and
according to your own taste. You don’t need a huge all inclusive hotel in Cancun any
more! A micro wedding in Tulum or Playa del Carmen will be enough. More boho
style and cozy.
You will be able to spend more money on things that really matter like down deposit
for your future home or better and bigger prints after your wedding or even invite
your guest to snorkel tour on a Catamaran.
Socially distanced Weddings
Given that the risk of infection is known to be higher in enclosed spaces while open air
and outdoor gatherings are safer, outdoor weddings are expected to surge in
popularity as couples seek to adhere to social distancing advice and keep their guests
safe. “Being outdoors or in open airy settings will provide not only a lower-risk
environment and allow for the appropriate social distancing, but it will also help
people feel at ease and able to enjoy themselves.”
Tips for Creating Your Micro Wedding Guest List
Whether you’re trimming your wedding guest list because of COVID-19 or planning a
micro wedding from the get-go, we know it might be difficult to choose a small
number of guests. There is also beauty in only having the people who are closest to
you celebrating the special day together. “You will never regret investing in the people
that you Love the most. At the end of the day, a wedding is just the day, that signals
the start of your marriage. Enjoy it, with those you love the most. Now that most
everyone is comfortable using Zoom you can live stream your ceremony for family
members and friends who aren’t on the guest list. You can also use Facebook Live
What to Wear to Your Micro Wedding
While you’re in a mindset to break tradition, it might be fun to think about wedding
outfits that would best reflect your personal styles. See some TULUM style wedding
dresses here. We love a great backyard wedding dress or jumpsuit—and any outfit can
be made unique to your day. Dress in a lime green suit or choose to thrift your entire
wedding look. We can’t wait to see your creative wedding outfits!
How to Personalize Your Intimate Wedding Small weddings were created for
couples who were forced to forgo any traditions or “must-haves” due to COVID-19. The
change has created a beautiful opportunity for all couples going forward to focus only on
the things that best represent their love. Whether you choose to make your day special
with catering from your favorite restaurant or a scavenger hunt for your guests (we love
this idea), it’s sure to be a day where you make extraordinary memories spending quality
time with those you love most.
● Have a destination micro wedding in a beach clubs in Tulum
● Make your micro wedding last longer than a day (for example you can rent
a big dream house and have all your favorite people stay with you for a
week to make the love and fun last longer).
● Plan a fun adventure or activities with your guests like a boat ride, snorkel
in Cozumel, hiking, Punta Allen day trip, karaoke—of course, that will
depend on your budget, number of guests, and what you enjoy doing.
● Have people write you letters of what they wish for you in the future in a
sealed box for you to read on one of your anniversaries.
● Make a spiritual ritual during your ceremony with traditional Mayan
It’s 100% okay to break the “rules.” You don’t have to do, or not do anything. Some
couples feel the “guilt” of not having all the people they know at their wedding and
are scared of what uninvited people are going to feel. First, we want to say that if it’s
the only thing holding you back you can always have a bigger party later to celebrate
with them on your fifth anniversary. Second, if people don’t understand your
priorities and why it’s simply “not you” to have a large wedding then too bad for
them. This is YOUR wedding day. People having large weddings made that decision and
nobody blamed them for it, everyone is entitled to make their own decisions when it
comes to their wedding day, period.
“The most important thing I am doing for our couples is keeping them calm and
collected. In times like this panic and anxiety is the LAST thing I want anyone to feel
let alone our clients. I always express that the engagement process is the most joyous
time in their lives, it’s supposed to be filled with constant smiles, love and so many
memories—not fear, not panic and certainly not COVID-19.”
“First it’s important to be empathetic and compassionate when assessing this issue.
Keeping the client calm and keeping their fears at bay is highly important. Coming up
with a solid plan that is both feasible and understandable helps them feel secure. For
clients getting married after April letting them know to let it ride out for a minute
before embarking on any changes helps ease their pain as well. Coming up with a
communication plan to their guests also helps ease anxiety.” “Don’t make choices
based on emotions or anxiety. Let your planner come up with options before making a
final decision is crucial.”
“Marriage is about love and union. Please get informed, base your decisions on the
information, weigh all your options and I would also like to share that this industry is
the way of means to all of our families, that we do have commitments and
responsibilities. We represent 30% of the workforce. I would empower them to be
leaders to support our efforts, to make a positive impact in our economy and most of
all to let them know how passionate we are about creating and bringing their dream
day to life. Overcoming obstacles is so rewarding. Let’s all be creative and innovative
in finding a solution and to preserve love, health and calm for us and future
SHOULD YOU POSTPONE?
“There is no wrong decision. You must do what is best for you and your comfort level.
You know each other and you know your guests. Some may feel they cannot relax or
celebrate and must postpone, others will want the show to go on! This is the most
exciting time in your life, and I encourage each and every couple to not let this virus
take that away from you. You’re getting married, period. Remember that and keep it in
mind as you determine what is best for you together. *
“I’m supporting my clients by being flexible and patient with them. If they want to
reschedule the wedding, I let them. If I have another wedding on their new wedding
date, I will send my associate. My heart really goes out to them because they have been
planning their wedding for a year and it’s devastating and disappointing that they
have to cancel or reschedule or have half of their guests cancel. I’m trying to do
anything I can to support my clients during this uncertain and scary time.
“—photographer at www.Unveiled-Weddings.com
Wedding vendors in the Riviera Maya are implementing procedures to ensure your
safety. “Obviously, there is a lot of talk about washing your hands, hand sanitizer and
stocking up. For a wedding it’s a little different as we want to go beyond that. Things
that come to mind right off the bat are– including mini sanitizers in welcome bags,
personalized masks or upon arrival, avoiding all stations, both food and beverage but
also interactive, where people touch things, encouraging guests to stay home if they
feel under the weather and making sure any elderly or breathing impaired guests are
of the utmost concern.
“Once COVID 19 appeared in the media, we implemented the below procedures in
order to protect our event attendees, employees and other vendors. I suspect these
types of procedures will become common place and normal operating procedures
going forward. Mandatory pre-screening via email survey for all event attendees by
the client: Any attendee that has experienced fever/flu symptoms within 96-hours
leading up to the event, any attendee that has travelled to highly affected areas
with-in 14-days leading up to the event, any attendee that has been directly exposed
to a person with symptoms and associated risk factors with-in 14-days leading up to
the event, should be prohibited from attendance.
- Optional thermal screening at check-in – we are in the process of procuring
walk-through screeners and hand held thermal scanners, and will engage
trained healthcare professionals to monitor all event staff and attendees at
check-in for fever and signs of infection.
- Implementing no-touch greeting policies for event staff and attendees.
- Increasing cleaning and complete sanitizing of restrooms from hourly to every
30-minutes throughout the event.
- Increasing cleaning personnel to wipe down and sanitize hand railings, door
hardware and all surfaces throughout the event.
- Increasing the frequency of mandatory handwashing for all service staff to
include hourly handwashing in addition to following use of restroom facilities.
- Portable hand sanitizing stations positioned at entrances and exits so that all
attendees and personnel working the event can ‘gel in and gel out.’
Microphones will be disinfected before and after usage by your guests and they will be
put on stands for hands-free usage.
Some venues in the Riviera Maya will also no longer distribute prop t photo booths
and screens will be disinfected before and after each event. Kramer will handle the
picture taking and album creation so guest won’t have to touch anything.
When it comes to the size of weddings after Covid-19, for many suppliers and venues
it’s all about the micro-wedding.
We expect there will be a move towards smaller more intimate events, and a move
away from tradition, both through necessity, and as couples try to put their own
stamp on their celebrations, rather than let them be run by the demands of being
Some text thanks to Junebug.com