Nantucket Micro Wedding Highlights
2020 was a remarkable year in many ways. We started the year with a small Leap Day wedding for 50 at the Great Harbor Yacht Club. Shortly afterward, travel restrictions and gathering limits began, and this turned out to be our last “mask free” event. Our May and June weddings were either canceled or postponed (many of them several times). We quickly learned that “pivot”, “switch gears”, “these trying times”, and “now more than ever” are words that we’d prefer to never hear, let alone use, ever again. This year rapidly became the “year of the micro wedding” on Nantucket.
While every florist and every business is different, typically, we work with a couple for 6 months to a year, curating a unique floral design for their wedding. In a “normal year”, most of our weddings have 50-200 guests. This year our average planning timeline was 3-6 weeks. Guest counts ranged from 3 (Bride, Groom, Rabbi, and a laptop open to zoom), to a socially distanced 50.
To cap it all off, in the last week of our season, local gathering restrictions dropped from 50 to 10. In a 36-hour-period, one of our couples moved their wedding on and off the island 3 times. When the decision was officially made Friday morning to be off-island, we completely revamped their designs. We then loaded up the wedding planner‘s truck, and sent the flowers away on the ferry with fingers crossed.
Despite these (and many other challenges), love was not cancelled and we worked on some truly exquisite scaled events. We met new families who otherwise would not have done their wedding on Nantucket, and revelled in having the bandwidth to help bring every minute detail to life. While we eagerly anticipate the (safe) return of big weddings, we are also excited to continue creating on a more intimate scale!