2020 has seen the rise of the micro wedding trend, which is continuing to soar. As a result, many couples are looking for small wedding ideas at home and using private homes for weddings. However, considering Airbnb wedding venues is a fabulous option. That’s exactly what Traci and Brandon did with gorgeous results.
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Stunning Micro Weddings at Airbnb Wedding Venues
What plans did you have to change?
We had to make some pretty drastic changes. We cut our guest list from about 150 to 15—our immediate family & 2 friends each. However, we were lucky in that we were able to re-purpose several of our previously booked vendors.
We had already booked a mansion of an Airbnb to hold Brandon’s family for the weekend as well as host our rehearsal dinner. Thankfully between my parents living in the area and the Airbnb, we were able to accommodate everyone. No one had to stay at a hotel.
The mansion had a beautiful stone fireplace, so we stuck with our plan to get married outside. We also had planned to have the rehearsal dinner catered. Instead, my parents and I cooked a traditional cajun meal. Crawfish and andouille sausage dip, crawfish jambalaya, and homemade ice cream to be exact. Then we moved the catered dinner to the wedding night.
Why did you decide to still go ahead with a micro wedding?
We actually did reschedule. We couldn’t bet our money back on our original venue, and we still wanted to be able to celebrate with our friends and family. So we picked the closest date that was still available for the following year. We actually plan to do the whole thing over—ceremony and all.
However, we did not want to wait to start our life together as husband and wife. We felt like everyone that comes to a wedding is there to support your union. We wanted them to still be able to witness that covenant as we renew our vows on 7/2/2021.
Brandon and I had actually never lived in the same city before getting engaged. Brandon had a two-bedroom apartment, so we were able to make it work. But as Christians, it was a priority of ours to seek purity before our marriage.
Living together really challenges us. And while I don’t condone living together before marriage, being able to spend quarantine time together was such a redemptive blessing.
It allowed us time to learn about each other, intentionally prepare for our marriage, and build an extremely strong foundation without the influence of others. But we weren’t going to put off saying those vows!
How did your vendors react to the changes?
Our vendors were awesome! While we couldn’t get our money back for the venue, I’m not sure we would have tried. It was always in our plan to celebrate with everyone at some point. Our vendors really did go above and beyond.
What precautions should guests take at Airbnb wedding venues?
Another reason we decided to move forward with the wedding in Richmond, VA specifically was because we had family coming from all over. It ended up being within driving distance for all of the guests. Therefore, no one felt the need to fly (unless they wanted). We did temperature checks and oxygen level checks during our time together.
What were the pros and cons of considering Airbnb wedding venues?
Pros: You got to spend quality time with those that were there to see you get married. You really had control over what you wanted your day to be and had the flexibility to change things at the last minute if you wanted. Since we are going to do it all over again, I did not have as much anxiety as I thought I would because I felt like if anything went wrong, I was going to get a do-over.
Con: Because it was such a small group, I felt more pressure to entertain throughout the whole weekend and make sure everyone else’s needs were attended to. We also had to be more hands-on as far as cooking, decorating, planning, etc. At times, it felt more like a family vacation than a wedding.
Did you personally learn anything by having to change your plans?
Throughout the wedding planning process, you compromise on a variety of things to make it all work. Whether it’s adjusting food to accommodate your guest count or moving around the schedule to make sure everyone has enough time to do things, your original vision will get skewed.
When we were presented with the opportunity to plan a second wedding, we really got to take a step back and say, what do we really want? Obviously, COVID put restrictions on even that.
What are you doing about a honeymoon?
Unfortunately, our honeymoon was the first thing to get canceled. We had already booked a trip to Greece, which we still have a credit for. We are hoping to go next year. Instead, after the wedding, we spent a few days in Wilmington, NC.
Again, we could drive, and we love exploring new cities. I will say that the stress of the wedding and the stress of COVID made it harder to wind down after the wedding. It wasn’t until probably our last day there that I felt the weight start to lift. But it was still nice to be able to get away & eat at a restaurant (which we hadn’t done in months).
Sweet Micro Wedding at a Virginia Airbnb
Airbnb Wedding Venues Virginia Vendors:
- Hair – Susie from Evolutions Salon
- Makeup – Lauren from Evolutions Salon
- Dress – White Lace & Promises
- Flowers – Fleuressence RVA
- Catering – Groovin Gourmets
- Micro Wedding Venue – Airbnb Wedding Venues Virginia
- Micro Wedding Photography – Ayesha Ahmad Photography
- Videography – Tolman Media
- Cake – Publix, Chantilly Cake