How To Plan A Small, Intimate Wedding

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Did you have to reimagine your plans to say “I do” this summer or fall? Have you been dreaming of your wedding for several months (even years)? Well, like almost everything else this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended many couples’ wedding plans, forcing them to leave their champagne on ice for longer than they had hoped.

As we head into the most popular season for weddings and as social distancing regulations begin to loosen, many Canadians are looking to reimagine their champagne popping moment, even if it’s a little different —or smaller—than originally planned.

Wedding planner and lifestyle expert Rebecca Chan has seen first hand how the pandemic has impacted Canadian couples’ plans from coast to coast. Here Rebecca, alongside Miller High Life, offers four tips to take your wedding from different to desirable—and how you can get her help to make your big day one you will never forget.


A smaller guest count means you can add personal touches that would not be feasible with a larger wedding. Consider personalized menus, creating a unique seating chart, or custom etching names on champagne flutes for your guests.

Micro weddings does not mean micro decor

Hire a florist to create a grand altar decor for the perfect ceremony photo, create a beautiful cake display and rent those fancy chairs. A smaller wedding can be equally stunning and picturesque when you have a few elevated elements mixed in.

Try something new

Couples are always looking for their wedding to be timeless and classic, so they often don’t go too wild with their choices. If you have rescheduled your wedding for a later date, but are holding a smaller symbolic celebration now, this is your chance to try something different—perhaps it’s another style of wedding dress or another colour palette for the decor. Be bold and different!

Enjoy it

The wedding day will go by so fast. Relax, don’t sweat the small stuff, and enjoy your day. The moments will pass before you know it. This pandemic might not have been your choice, but it is part of your story of how you persevered and didn’t let it damper your plans with the one you love the most.

Looking for help to bring these tips to life? You’re in luck.

Miller High Life, the Champagne of Beers, is launching the “Backyard Weddings” contest, offering three Canadian couples the chance to win up to $10,000 to take their wedding from different to desirable, as well as one-on-one consultations with Rebecca Chan. If you are one of the chosen winners, you’ll be able to get first-hand help from Rebecca to bring the above tips to life seamlessly.

To enter, email a description (300 words or less) of how your wedding plans have been affected, and how you still plan to celebrate with Miller High Life to marryme@highlifebackyardwedding.ca by August 7, 2020 at 11:59 PM. For more information on what you need to enter, visit millerhighlife.ca or follow Miller High Life on Instagram @millerhighlifecanada or Twitter @highlifecanada.

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