Although not an entirely new concept, the idea of micro weddings seem to be taking off in the midst of COVID-19 in Chicago.
At this point, about 95% of our couples have postponed their big Chicago weddings until 2021. Of those, many couples still want to get married now, so they are planning micro weddings this year.
Right now, we are receiving inquiries for smaller back yard weddings.
For help learning more about the catering process for these micro weddings, I called upon two of my favorite caterers.
(As you read this, keep in mind this was written in IL June 2020. We know that the rules and restrictions vary in different locations and may change.)
Rachel, from Paramount Events, explained how events may look different at these micro weddings than what we are used to at larger events.
I chatted with another one of my favorite caterers, Lorena from Food for Thought, as she described how the food service will change.
2. During cocktail hour, we’ll also see that the bars will have a single bartender instead of the giant 3 – 4 person bars.
3. Caterers will no longer be able to pre-pour, stage, or pass beverages. Instead, bartenders will be responsible for serving drinks.
4. Moving away from family style service, caterers are focusing on plated meals for micro weddings.
Yes, this all seems very different, especially for those of us who are accustomed to seeing events on a weekly basis. Although Chicago micro weddings will have significant changes to them, the changes are essential.
Over the years (see here and here), I’ve gotten to know, rely on, and trust both Rachel and Lorena. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me yesterday about how your companies are adapting to the new regulations. I commend Paramount and Food for Thought for having a solid game plan moving forward!
We know that the rules are changing rapidly, so thank you for always getting in front of each challenge!