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Some Jacksonville Couples Are Turning To 'Micro-Weddings' During Pandemic

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Venue 841 Riverfront Weddings employee Rose Balsamo shows a prospective client a wedding venue.

Crowd restrictions and physical distancing are causing some Jacksonville couples to scale back plans for their nuptials. They're opting for what one local event planner calls, "micro-weddings." 

Kim Flowers with Anthony's Catering remembers March 21 as the date the rug was pulled out from under her business.  Events were cancelled, a few weddings were refunded and most were postponed.

“So, you know for us, [it was a] huge financial hit. Absolutely. Unbelievable financial hit,” said Flowers. 

Now, many brides are rebooking new dates in the next few months.

“And events are much more intimate at this point. And micro-weddings are definitely something that everybody's super interested in,” she said.

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That means 50 people or fewer, or maybe a bit more if an event spills outside.  Flowers said that limit is for the safety of guests and wedding vendors.

Although paring down an invitation list can be tough, there is an upside. Micro-wedding costs are only a third of the average cost of a wedding in Florida, which is $30,600, according to TheKnot.com.

Michelle Corum can be reached at mcorum@wjct.org, 904-358-6308 or on Twitter at @MCorumonME.