Newly engaged during COVID? With the rise of luxe micro-weddings that offer social distance and fresh open air and don’t skimp on tradition and romance, couples can enjoy something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue; invite those nearest and dearest and walk away with pictures out of a postcard during this pandemic.
Las Vegas-based micro-weddings expert, McKenzi Taylor has been producing storybook nuptials against Nevada’s most exclusive and picturesque natural backdrops for several years, so when COVID hit, her wedding expertise were more in demand than ever.
An example, of one of her couples who went micro and revamped their large wedding plans with the help of McKenzi’s company, Cactus Collective Weddings:
Just two weeks after Megan and Matthew put down a deposit on their large wedding reception venue in San Francisco, the city went into lockdown due to the coronavirus. “We had just started doing our wedding website and telling people our Oct. 17th wedding date,” Megan says.
Like so many other couples, Megan and Matthew had to rethink their wedding plans. Their original idea of a big celebration with 200 guests became impossible. So the couple decided to cancel their wedding due to coronavirus. “We thought we would wait out the pandemic.”
Then they changed their minds.
Six weeks before it would have been our original wedding date, I was restless,” she says. The couple wanted to get on with their life together as husband and wife. “We didn’t want to wait.” The couple opted for a wedding celebration with just 13 people – their immediate family – choosing the Eldorado Dry Lake Bed in Boulder City near Las Vegas with Cactus Collective Weddings (*all photos courtesy of Cactus Collective Weddings). And in just six weeks, they were married in a wedding celebration that they loved!
“It was so beautiful,” Megan says. “I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did.”
The couple has some advice for other couples in their same predicament. “Just do it. Don’t let COVID get you down. Keeping it small and intimate is perfectly fine,” Megan says. “You can still have a magical day even with a small wedding.”
Thanks to Cactus Collective Weddings, that is! The Las Vegas-area wedding company headed up by McKenzi Taylor specializes in intimate and luxurious elopements and micro-weddings in some of Las Vegas’ most magical outdoor settings.
Imagine taking your vows outdoors with Nevada’s breathtaking canyons, mountains, nature preserves, exotic plant nurseries, and other natural settings as your backdrop.
McKenzi’s company has exclusive access to permitting to conduct weddings in these remote locations that captivate the imagination and offer photographs like no other.
Below Are McKenzi Taylor’s Top Safety Tips For Planning A Wedding During Coronavirus
- Take advantage of the great outdoors
- Keep it intimate with a low guest count (2-20)
- Have your wedding officiant and guests wear masks and maintain social distancing
- Seat guests in household pods when possible
- Provide your guests with hand sanitizer, masks, and individual tissue packets
- Record and share a video with those who couldn’t attend
And Her Top Tips For A Fabulous Wedding During Coronavirus
- Take advantage of the beauty of nature for fresh air and social distancing – no wedding hall can compete with the wonders of natural outdoor beauty
- You’ve got a great excuse to only invite your nearest and dearest
- Rather than paying for 200-300 dinners and other accommodations, use your extra budget to design your dream dress, an elaborate wedding theme, and to gift your handful of guests with something meaningful
- Splurge on both digital and film photography. They each offer slightly different textures and you can pick and choose/mix and match which photographs you prefer on old-fashioned film and which should be digital
- Arrive in the car of your dreams – a vintage Rolls Royce? A restored ’57 Chevy? Let your imagination run wild
- Go all out with florals. Rather than the standard tight wedding bouquet, opt for loose wild flowers or, perhaps, imported flowers with a striking rich color scheme
- Don’t skip tradition just because you’ve gone “micro.”
- Document getting ready for your wedding with photography and videography