2020 has been…unexpected. At least that is the adjective that is most non-agressive when I think about what we’ve endured this year. And when I say “we” I mean all of us…brides, grooms, families, wedding party members, wedding professionals, venue owners (like me) and most of all the people who have had to deal with illness, loss and exhaustion dealing with this pandemic. I, like many people, never imagined something like this would happen. But here we are and we are adjusting, overcoming and learning how to be stronger. In the meantime, plenty of tears, massive amounts of stress and uncertainty and a plethora of cocktails have marked the last seven weeks in my life. So, as we learn about social distancing, flattening the curve and wiping down everything in sight, life goes on with a new normal. This too shall pass but in the meantime, let’s talk about some options if your wedding date has been affected by COVID 19…
Number One: Host a micro-wedding, also known as a minimony! I actually love this idea and our venue is the perfect place for a small group (under 50 is the current definition of micro-wedding) can be AWESOME at Oak Hill. So what is a micro-wedding? Brides magazine defined it as “A micro wedding is any ceremony and/or reception with less than 50 total guests. Couples often combine an elopement and a reception to create their micro wedding, but you have the option to do both with a smaller party. Some married couples even choose to do a micro wedding for their anniversary or vow renewal”.
Oak Hill has unique spaces with a ton of flexibility to personalize your wedding and create an immersive experience for your guests. Need some inspiration? How about a charcuterie board and wine tasting in the Country Store? Perhaps dessert and champagne on the upper deck of the Barn? First dance – in the forest under the canopy of trees. A little fun and games, how about some trivia in the Schoolhouse with love notes on the chalkboard? Feature a signature drink as well! Dinner can be under the lights in the Path of Pines, in the Pavilion or cozy up inside the Barn. Oh, and the best part – we can turn our horse barn into a saloon for some added adventure :)!
When planning a micro-wedding, the goal is to make it meaningful and a personal experience for you and your guests. With a smaller guest count, you may be able to upgrade the menu, plan a fancy bar and focus on more detail than if you were planning an event for 200 guests. Remember to skip what isn’t important to you! Toss out the rule book and make this day all that you imagined.
Number Two: If a micro-wedding isn’t your thing, how about an elopement on your original 2020 wedding date with a re-do next year to celebrate your first anniversary and renew your vows with all your guests? We miss having couples here and would LOVE to host an elopement and help plan an extravaganza in 2021. The beauty of an elopement is twofold – it is romantic and completely flexible. We have 170 acres of wooded acreage and we encourage you to explore and find a spot that calls to you. Do you like limestone cliffs overlooking a stream? Or perhaps a more refined area under the chandeliers in the (BRAND NEW!!) pavilion? String lights – we have plenty of those! Fire pits – we have two and one overlooks the pond! Sunflowers in late summer and early fall – yes, we have that covered. We love getting creative with couples and there are lots of hidden treasures on our property.
Number Three: Reschedule so you can have the wedding of your dreams with your friends and family surrounding you, just as you had imagined all those months ago. Gatherings WILL happen again and we are right here with you to assist in choosing a new date. Change is sometimes really hard but often is what we need to realize the best outcome. Follow your heart and we will be there right by your side.