As the whole world pivots to accommodate the new normal thanks to COVID-19, the wedding industry is doing the same. One result? A wave of micro weddings. These small-scale events allow couples to celebrate with their closest friends and family while still complying with CDC guidelines to maintain safe social distance. Typically composed of less than 50 guests, micro weddings are generally seen as a compromise between an elopement and a large wedding.

We know this time has been difficult for couples forced to postpone their weddings, but it’s also been a hopeful time for couples finding creative ways to celebrate their big day.

Of course, make sure you consider all of the guidelines presented by the WHO, CDC, and the state that you’re celebrating in. Be cognizant of social distant guidelines and make sure your guests are, too. That may mean keeping everyone spaced out for the ceremony and providing masks for all attendees. There’s no reason not to celebrate, but be mindful and be safe.

Micro Wedding Essentials

Whether you’re looking to downsize and simplify your original ceremony or plan a new event altogether, Zola has curated a selection of our favorite products to provide inspiration and make the process a little easier. Here are 20 essentials we recommend for making your big wedding dreams happen on a micro-scale. Read on to see our picks and access the full essentials collection below.

Faille Strapless Dress

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Both timeless and fun, the sheer versatility of this dress is what makes it so great for micro weddings. The structure and simplicity may appeal to classic brides while the short hem and flirty silhouette make it a fit for less-conventional brides. Pair with a simple veil and some strappy heels and you’re good to go!

Chelsea Two-Piece Wedding Jewelry Set

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Finding cohesive accessories that aren’t too “matchy-matchy” can often be a struggle, which is where this beautiful set from Wink of Pink Shop comes in handy. Bring some attention to your neckline with some subtle bling that doesn’t break the bank, featuring lightweight drop earrings and a detailed necklace with zirconia crystals.

Fabiola 3D Floral Pearls Wedding Block Heels

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The classic “wedding shoes,” these heels by Bella Belle Shoes are both romantic and effortless. The block heel gives you the versatility to wed almost anywhere, whether it be in a library or a rose garden, while the exquisite embellishment of pearls and ivory beads on the heel is enough to make them a statement piece.

Rose Sequin Mask

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With style comes necessity, and this non-medical grade sequin mask by Ripley Rader does more than simply serve its purpose, providing a much-needed touch of bling to an otherwise drab accessory. There’s no better way to make sure all your friends and family feel protected while still making a fashion statement.

Boho Mr. and Mrs. Wooden Hanging Signs

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Not only are these Mr. and Mrs. signs charming, but they can also be easily repurposed after the celebrating is over. Consider hanging them on the back of your chairs, using them as wall décor, or snagging them for a much-needed photo opp (particularly if your event doesn’t call for a lot of furniture).

Simple Cut-Edge Veil

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Both stunning and versatile, this dreamy, cut-edge veil pairs well with almost any dress, making it the perfect pick for elopements and micro weddings. Crafted with soft, draped tulle, the veil is available in both ivory and bright white. Glam brides can even pair with a headpiece for an extra bit of bling.

Beautiful Botanics Best Day Ever Napkins

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A simple way to make things feel more official, these foiled napkins by Ginger Ray are perfect for your special celebration, no matter the size. At an affordable price point, they’re a great pick for those who are unsure of numbers or are still deep in the throes of planning.

Flutter One Shoulder Jumpsuit

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This statement-making jumpsuit is perfect for the bride who’s ready to deviate from tradition while also providing the same level of glam as a traditional gown. Pairing a structured silhouette with a fluttered sleeve gives the look an added level of elegance that is still distinctly modern.

Carolina Crystals and Pearl Wedding Heels

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Pearl accents, a pointed toe, and T-strap design are just a few of the details that make these wedding heels real stunners. Great for formal celebrations, these shoes add a little bit of sexiness to any outfit, whether it be a form-fitting gown or a modern jumpsuit.

Ariana Opal and Crystal Bracelet

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Combining crystal and opal gemstones, this bracelet’s floral-inspired design gives an ethereal vibe that is great for romantic and boho brides looking for a little bling. The subtle pop of color from the opals gives it an added pop of personality while remaining versatile.

Love & Romance Faux Boutonniere

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Don’t let anyone tell you faux flowers are tacky. These hand-painted boutonniere’s by Winward are vibrant, romantic, and artsy. Not to mention red ranunculus and soft pink hellebores pair well with a variety of suit styles and color schemes.

New York Champion Glitter Sneakers

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Not only are these sneakers statement-makers, but they also come in six different glittery styles to choose from. If sequins are your thing and you don’t compromise with comfort, these sparkly specimens are the perfect candidate for your micro wedding, particularly if it’s taking place in the great outdoors.

Save the Date Pave Princess Cut Studs

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These classic Kate Spade studs are understated and polished, making them a great fit for brides opting for a quaint, simple ceremony. The versatility of the princess-cut style means they pair well with almost any look while the under $50 price point is a nice bonus.

Emmy Floral Comb

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This romantic hairpiece by Dareth Colburn is a simple way to amplify your wedding-day attire. Whether paired with a veil or placed in a braided updo, the timeless pearl accents and ethereal feel give you a lot of flexibility with styles, making it an easy pick for a micro wedding.

Leandra Gown

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Just because the crowd is small doesn’t mean you can’t make an entrance. This long-sleeved gown gives off a regal vibe with its fitted silhouette, deep V-neck, and high slit. Consider this look for a fall ceremony, upscale indoor affair, or epic elopement.

Donut Wall

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Not only are donut walls growing in popularity, but they’re a fun way to add some personality to your “micro” day. If extravagant desserts and table settings aren’t an option (or simply aren’t your thing), donut walls make a great alternative that your guests are sure to love.

Just because it's called a micro wedding, doesn't mean your big day needs to feel any less significant than you originally planned. Shop these micro wedding essentials and more right here.