By Daniela Degrassi

 

Despite the complications Covid-19 has been creating for wedding professionals, businesses have risen to the challenge and have used their creativity offering new type of services, like minimonies or sequel weddings, as we read on The Knot. Micro weddings are becoming the new norm these days; hosting less than 20 guests, they are pretty much what intimate weddings used to be called before coronavirus hit us.

During my years working as a wedding photographer, intimate weddings were my absolute favorites. Evading all formalities and being surrounded only by an intimate and trusted circle creates such a love bubble for the bride and groom.

If you are considering to scale down your wedding while social distancing is still much in place in many corners of the world, a micro wedding can be an option you can surely look into.  You can celebrate a micro wedding in a good sized garden or backyard, the existing greenery will provide a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere for your nuptial, also saving you a good amount of money on floral arrangements. Live in an apartment? Find out if any friend or family member with a nice green space can host the wedding.

To make your guests feel at ease, sit down dinners may still need to be skipped. Opt for a shorter reception, or simply call it a longer cocktail hour… isn’t that a very fun part of a wedding after all?

Skip the buffet long lines by setting up several smaller food stations in different areas of your garden. Your catering staff can keep refilling the stations instead of moving around with treys, to avoid getting too close to your guests. Finger food is an ideal option to be served at a micro wedding; it usually doesn’t need to be kept hot and agrees with summertime temperatures.  Your guests can comfortably enjoy the quick bites standing up or while mingling in the garden, that you can also decorate with different seating arrangements and/or high tables.

Discuss with your caterer a finger food option only for your micro wedding, a sustainable approach that will also make your wallet happy is to choose seasonal and local ingredients. What an awesome occasion to stun your guests with a variety of vegan flavors! If you are in need for some inspiration, we had some fun putting together a few international temptations! Test them out if you’d like, clicking on the link in the photo caption will direct you to the complete recipe. Enjoy!

Broccoli Potato Croquettes recipe by Homemade Vegan

 

Polenta-Olive Tapenade Bites recipe by Coconut and Berries 

 

Vegan Mozzarella Tomato and Basil Skewers recipe by Olives For Dinner

 

Vegan Crab Rangoon recipe by Cadry’s Kitchen 

 

Spinach Puffs recipe by Connosseurus Veg

 

Vegan Sushi recipe by Lazy Cat Kitchen 

 

Tandoori Tofu recipe by One Green Planet 

 

Vegan Sausage Roll recipe by Hot For Food Blog

 

Vegan Gyoza recipe by No Recipes

 

Need more finger food ideas? Check out our 50+ finger food recipe Pinterest pins! and follow us on Pinterest for new updates!

 

 

 

 

 

An incurable enthusiast and independent spirit since she could remember (her childhood heroines were Pippi Longstockings and Katharine Hepburn) Daniela Degrassi found her creative outlet as a lifestyle photographer, working mainly in Northern California. Currently splitting her time between SF Bay Area and her native Italy to continue to be her autistic sister’s primary caregiver. Vegan since 2014, she found a perfect way to carry her message of compassion while celebrating her love for the wedding industry launching The Kind Bride in February 2018.