What is a Minimony? | Wedding Planning Tips

Ah, love in the time of COVID-19…

Hi friends! This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the way wedding trends have evolved over the course of this year… for the better. Now, I don’t deny how heartbreaking it can be to postpone the perfect wedding day you have planned or how challenging it can be to celebrate while adhering to social distancing guidelines. But I do think there’s something to be said about the magical intimacy of the “minimonies” I’ve photographed this year.

What is a Minimony?

A minimony, or a miniature ceremony, is a beautiful commitment ceremony between you and your partner that you share with up to 10 close loved ones. It allows you to honor your chosen wedding date in a way that celebrates your love and keeps your family and friends safe. Meanwhile, you still get to have a “sequel wedding,” or the big bash for everyone on your original guest list, when the world has settled down a bit. It’s the best-of-both-worlds 2020 wedding solution, and I love watching the joy it’s bringing to my couples!

What does a minimony look like?

Just like any wedding, it depends on the couple. But in many cases, I see deeply touching handwritten vows, a scaled-down cocktail hour with yummy light bites and sentimental toasts, understated floral touches that are both sweet and beautiful, and even a miniature version of the wedding cake the couple plans to have again at their bigger celebration. You can really make a minimony as simple or as elaborate as your heart desires! 

Why Do I Love the Idea?

One common thread that exists through all of these miniature ceremonies, though, is the genuine sense of connection you can feel among everyone in attendance. Everyone feels a bit more focused, a bit more present, and a bit more grateful as they experience the couple’s declaration of devotion to one another. It’s so difficult to describe in words, but the feeling gives me instant goosebumps! It’s a glimmer of hope and joy during tough times, and it’s beyond powerful.

So, if you’re thinking about adjusting your wedding plans to include a minimony followed by a sequel wedding, know that I am here to support all of your wedding day(s) dreams! It would be my honor to photograph you saying, “I do,” twice, capturing the memories of these two truly unique events that will both imprint forever on your heart. Connect with me today to learn more about how we can make it all happen!

With Grit & Grace~
Sarah Keenan, Photographer
Westland Farms Studio
Boudoir Studio Knoxville

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