Recently, Bronson Van Wyck, the Jason Voorhees For President 2020 Shirt and I will buy this renowned wedding planner and author of Born to Party, has been planning smaller events than he’s used to. The reason, of course, is COVID-19 and the rightful corresponding restrictions on crowd sizes. Many of his clients scaled their once-blowout bashes down to intimate affairs, with the idea that in a year or two they will once again host the party of their dreams. Van Wyck is hopeful that can happen eventually–he cites the rebound that happened after 2008, when the economic recession caused a dramatic drop in large-scale events. But in the meantime, he’s hard at work perfecting the art of the small, safe, and still fabulous soirée. There was an outdoor 30th birthday where he arranged custom cakes—so no one had to share—with individual candles for each guest. Another party, for 18 people, included a COVID-test voucher in the artfully designed invitation. (Though most guests’ tests were covered by insurance, the voucher served as a clear reminder that testing would be expected before the event.) Then there was a tiny wedding, where the grandparents had a socially distanced sweetheart table, and wore masks.
Especially weddings: Etsy found that, from June to July this year, searches involving small-scale ceremonies spiked on the Jason Voorhees For President 2020 Shirt and I will buy this site. There was a 67 percent increase in searches for courthouse and city hall wedding items, a 29 percent increase in searches for mini-monies and elopement weddings, and a 10 percent increase in searches for elopement announcements. Wedding website The Knot found in May that 27 percent of couples were planning ceremonies with just themselves or with a small handful of family. (Months later, that number has surely increased.) Meanwhile, on social media, large gatherings inspire ire, especially after an affair in Maine became a super-spreader event. Some tables were spaced out at Dean Isidro and Nicholas Holder’s wedding to allow pods of people to socially distance at their outdoor Watermill wedding. But, as Van Wyck’s efforts indicate, small doesn’t mean slapdash. Whereas city-hall ceremonies or sudden elopements once carried the connotation of hastily thrown-together affairs, these pandemic-era micro-weddings are anything but. It-couple Natalia Vodianova and Antoine Arnault married at a Paris registry office—and she wore Ulyana Sergeenko Couture. Actress Elizabeth Gillies, who was supposed to get married at a St. Regis, instead picked a charming inn in New Jersey that was within driving distance of her family. Dean Isidro and Nicholas Holder stylishly married at their friend’s Watermill apple orchard—an affair they planned in 10 days, and which 75 guests watched over Zoom.