Planning your wedding probably looked a lot different than it does now after the coronavirus decided to uproot the entire world. There is an overwhelming amount of uncertainty as travel bans, social distancing guidelines, and the number of COVID-19 cases rises. While you might’ve preferred to have a large gathering to celebrate your marriage, however, micro weddings are becoming more popular amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The special event experts of our South Florida country club are here to share a few things about having a smaller wedding during this unpredictable time.
What Is a Micro Wedding?
A micro wedding is a celebration that honors your marriage with 50 guests or less. The traditional wedding is typically on the larger size, often with over 100 guests. However, with a smaller wedding, it’s a more intimate setting.
When you choose to have your wedding with less than 50 guests, you are more prone to less stress due to fewer accommodations you need to make. Micro weddings can often save you money due to a smaller guest list. However, some couples prefer to spend their entire budget on a macro experience but with a micro guest list at their smaller wedding. You might be able to get the wedding of your dreams while even saving some money too.
The Rise of Micro Weddings
Couples are choosing micro weddings instead of their original plans due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Micro weddings during this time involve a smaller guest list and a more intimate ceremony. Coronavirus certainly left many jobless and has put a significant strain on the economy. Micro weddings are known for keeping costs down, which is a good thing during this unforeseen chaos.
A smaller guest list allows more quality time you can spend with your loved ones. Larger weddings make it more challenging to spend time with all of your guests. When you choose to have a micro wedding, you don’t have to cut your interactions short; instead, you can spend plenty of time with all of your guests.
One of the biggest reasons there is a rise in micro weddings is due to safety. There is a strong possibility there will be continued travel bans as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on your celebrations. When you choose to have a smaller wedding, you don’t have to worry so much about the travel bans when you keep it simpler. Even if your wedding isn’t until the end of the year or even next year, having a smaller wedding planned can help eliminate the risk of potential downsizing; not to mention your guests would probably feel better in a more intimate setting.
You can also include those who didn’t make the guest list by utilizing technology. You can set up a live stream of your wedding ceremony for those who are sick or at-risk loved ones so they can still witness your special day. You can also send your guests a party favor to make them feel like they were in attendance at your wedding.
While the era of micro weddings is upon us, it’s important to educate yourself on its advantages during the COVID-19 outbreak. You might have dreamed of a large wedding, but keep in mind the benefits of micro weddings. Our South Florida wedding venue is a perfect option for your intimate micro wedding. Please contact us today to learn more about our smaller wedding options.
As wedding venues shut their doors, strict social distancing guidelines are in place, and your wedding date is quickly approaching, it’s perfectly normal to feel an overwhelming amount of stress. The harsh reality is that your wedding plans are most likely going to be changing this year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. If you are planning a wedding during COVID-19, keep in mind these tips from the experts at our South Florida country club.
Wedding Planning During Coronavirus Crisis
There is a lot that goes into planning your big day. From cake tastings, finding the perfect dress, and even the small details like the music list and party favors. Regardless of where your ceremony falls on the calendar this year, you might experience some wedding changes due to the coronavirus crisis.
There indeed are so many moving parts to planning a wedding during COVID-19. Regardless of the strict lockdowns, you can still successfully plan your wedding digitally. While COVID-19 has affected your wedding planning process, things should be looking up in the coming weeks. But for now, here are a few things you can do as you plan your wedding during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Make a Vision Board
One of the best things to do when planning a wedding during COVID-19 is to lay out all your ideas on a vision board. Either create a vision board through social media platforms like Pinterest or take the time and partake in arts and crafts. Gather images of flowers, cocktails, decorations, cakes, hair, makeup, venues, and more and lay them out in a visual vision board. Use your vision board to create the ideal plan you have for your big day.
2. Virtual Dress Try-On
If you haven’t shopped for your dress yet, then it’s a good thing we live in a digital age. Grab your phone, tablet or computer, and get to online shopping. Many bridal shops and retailers have adapted to online shopping practices, so you should be able to search through a wide selection in the comfort of your home. You might even be able to have a video call with a stylist and do a virtual try-on. Check with the shops and see if they can send you a sample dress to try on and get a feel for what you like.
3. Adjust Guest List
Due to strict stay-at-home orders as well as national and global lockdowns, your guests might have a hard time traveling to your wedding. Take the time to reconsider your guest list to ensure your loved ones can arrive safely on your special day. And for those who wouldn’t be able to make it, consider setting up a live stream so your guests can still take part in your wedding.
4. DIY Decorations
While you are most likely bored in the house, use this as the perfect opportunity to create DIY decorations. Find inspiration from magazines and social media and see what you can create in the comfort of your home during the coronavirus crisis. Order supplies right to your door with a click of a button and get to crafting!
5. Stay Positive
The most important thing to do when planning a wedding during COVID-19 is to stay positive. Keep calm, cool and collected as you go through this unimaginable pandemic. Meditate, take bubble baths, go for walks, and anything else that will keep your stress levels down. You can even follow positive social media accounts for daily affirmations. We promise you will have a beautiful wedding, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the end of the day, you are marrying the love of your life. Planning a wedding during COVID-19 might seem stressful, but it is not the time to panic. Our South Florida wedding venue if you need any help for your memorable day. Contact our director of events today at 954-426-6588 to further discuss your wedding.
Hiring a professional hairstylist and makeup artist are very common for weddings. Unfortunately, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, you are most likely going to have to do your hair and makeup by yourself. Don’t panic! The wedding professionals at our South Florida country club are here to share DIY wedding hair and makeup trends.
Easy Wedding Hairstyles
These easy wedding hairstyles can be completed with just a few tools and minutes of your time.
1. Soft Waves
For this look, simply take any size hair curler and section off your hair. Take small pieces of your hair and wrap it around the curler. Hold the hair wrapped around the curler for 7-12 seconds. Make sure you leave about an inch of the ends out to create the soft waves. You can either curl your entire head or just do a few sections for an effortless look. Once the curls have set for a few minutes, brush them out with your fingers, add a texturizing spray, and lock them in with hairspray.
2. Sleek and Straight
Who says you can’t wear your hair straight for your wedding? The sleek, straight look is very in this year, and it’s effortless to accomplish during the COVID-19 pandemic. First and foremost, for this look, you have to wash your hair so it’s clean, soft, and manageable. Once it’s washed, either blowdry it or let it air dry and then apply a heat protection spray. Set the flat iron to the appropriate temperature for your hair type, apply the flat iron to small sections of hair, and pull down along the 1” – 2” strand. If it’s not completely smooth the first time, pull the flat iron through again. To tame your flyaways, you can use styling products to maximize the sleek wedding hairstyle.
3. Add Accessories
The easiest way to spice up your wedding hair is by adding accessories. You can use beautiful headbands to tame your hair but also to add something special to your look. Choose a white, bedazzled headband for an elegant look. For a bohemian style, add flowers to your hair or even a floral crown. With the extra time on your hands due to the coronavirus crisis, create your own flower crown for your wedding hair.
Simple Makeup Looks
The best place to get inspiration for your wedding makeup is on YouTube. Follow the step by step tutorials from makeup gurus and complete your DIY wedding makeup during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Barely There – Natural Look
The minimalist wedding makeup has been a massive trend for the 2020 season. Celebrities like Meghan Markle have chosen to go the natural route when it comes to their big day. Achieve the barely-there, natural look by feathering your brows, enhancing the flush in your cheeks, and adding a nude lip. You can also add a hint of sparkle to your eyes and cheekbones to enhance your natural features.
2. Full Glam
Completing the full glam wedding makeup is going to take time and practice. Gather your desired makeup, and follow along to makeup gurus like Jaclyn Hill, Desi Perkins, NikkieTutorials and Alissa Ashley. Pack on the glitter, smoke out your lashes, contour your cheekbones, add a bold lip, and get ready to marry the love of your life.
The Deer Creek wedding venue is here to help you with any assistance regarding your upcoming event. While doing your own wedding hair and makeup isn’t what you expect, you are still going to look absolutely stunning on your big day. Keep in mind our wonderful tips as you complete your wedding look during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact us today for additional information regarding our wedding services.
With a wedding coming up in the next few months, you’re doing your best to make sure everything is in order. From booking our wedding venue and confirming your catering service, to finding the perfect wedding gown and sending out “save the dates,” you have a lot on your plate. Of course, however, you can’t forget the details of your wedding look – your hair and makeup. The wedding professionals of the Deer Creek Golf Club discuss the bridal hair and makeup trends in 2019.
2019 Bridal Hair Styles
The bridal hairstyle you wear not only influences how people will see you on the big day, but it can also have a big impact on how you feel. Once you’ve found a reputable hairstylist for your wedding day, experiment with some of the following 2019 bridal hairstyles:
A trend started by the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, during the royal wedding, many brides-to-be flocked to this popular undone bun style this year. Although it’s considered a “messy bun,” your hairstylist can easily replicate it while keeping it controlled so it lasts through the day. You can also add some variety to this hairstyle with windswept locks or face-framing tendrils.
They don’t say “a little goes a long way” for no reason. Changing the part in your hair is a great way to add some variety to your bridal look without drastically altering your appearance. You may want to go for a completely new hair color or chop off several inches to your hair, but a blushing bride should try to be her authentic self as much as possible. Try a center part with a voluminous look or a super sleek ponytail.
Bridal Makeup Looks
One of the first things wedding guests notice about a bride’s appearance is her makeup look. Blow your guests away and take unforgettable wedding photos with the following bridal makeup looks:
In 2019, radiant complexions are in, so make sure to leave your pressed powder at home. Liven up your bridal makeup by adding some beautiful luminosity to the skin for an overall glow, not just highlight on the cheekbones. There are many foundations on the market that can help achieve this look such as the high-end Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation  or the budget-friendly Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation.
There’s no need for bright green eyeshadows or electric blue eyeliner this year. Keep it soft and natural with bronze eyeshadows for your upcoming wedding. The bronze eyeshadow can range from matte to metallic textures for a soft smokey eye. Get the perfect bronzed eye with eyeshadow palettes like the bareMinerals Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette in Latte. 
Want to learn more about bridal hair and makeup trends in 2019 to wear on your wedding day? Feel free to contact a member of our professional wedding staff at Deer Creek Golf Club for further assistance.
 Sephora – Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation
 Ulta – Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation
 Sephora – bareMinerals Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette in Latte
This past weekend, Hollywood actress Ellen Page posted a heart-warming Instagram photo of her and her wife, Emma Portner, sharing a loving kiss with the caption “HAPPY PRIDE!!! Sending love ❤️.”
The touching photo has left such an impression on the wedding staff at our South Florida wedding venue that we’ve curated a list of famous same-sex couples in Hollywood in honor of Pride Month!
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
As soon as the gay marriage equality bill passed in New York in 2011, Neil Patrick Harris announced on Twitter his engagement to David Burtka, even though they were secretly engaged for five years. The fathers of twins didn’t officially tie the knot until their surprise wedding in Italy in September 2014.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
The widely-loved Ellen DeGeneres got hitched to Portia de Rossi back in August 2008 at their Los Angeles home. Upon returning home from Portia’s home country, Australia, in March 2017, DeGeneres tweeted a short and sweet message about Australians:
Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef
While making an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show in November 2016, “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer, Ricky Martin announced his engagement to Jwan Yosef. “I got on my knees and I took out the little metal box,” said Martin. “I just had it in a little velvet pouch and instead of saying, ‘Will you marry me?’ I said, ‘I got you something!’” 
Jillian Michaels and Heidi Rhoades
In March 2016, a video of personal trainer Jillian Michaels’ proposal to talent manager, Heidi Rhoades, was aired on her show, “Just Jillian.” On the show, she reminisced about their romance from the beginning as they looked at pictures of their daughter Lu and son Phoenix.
Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni
During a rally supporting gay marriage in New York in 2009, Sex and the City star, Cynthia Nixon got engaged to her girlfriend, Christine Marinoni. After a long wait to have their nuptials legalized in New York, the couple exchanged vows in May 2012. The mothers have one son together, Max, while Nixon is a mother of two from a previous relationship.
Lance Bass and Michael Turchin
After dating for almost two years, NSYNC singer Lance Bass and Michael Turchin got engaged in September 2013. They renewed their engagement the following year for their anniversary and officially wed in December 2014.
Do you have a favorite same-sex couple (whether in Hollywood or in your personal life)? Let us know about some of your favorite gay celebrities in the comment section below!
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J.Lo’s Taking Her Sweet Time Planning Her Wedding
…and we don’t blame her! Back in March, the three-time divorcee got engaged to her partner of almost two years, Alex Rodriguez. Most celebrities, as well as couples who were married at our wedding venue in South Florida, have rushed to the altar, eager for their dream wedding. Lopez discussed wedding plans with Entertainment Tonight stating that she and A-Rod are in no rush to walk down the aisle, amidst her busy schedule.1
When asked about the status of her wedding plans, J.Lo replied:
“It’s going good […] I think we have a pretty busy year ahead of us, so you know, we are [taking it slow].
“There’s no rush,” she stated. “We really see this as something that’s gonna be forever, and we’re gonna just take our time and do it right. And do it not rushed.”
However, Lopez has been casually “looking at everything” such as dresses and wedding venues since Rodriguez asked for her hand in marriage, but “only when I have time. Most of the time, I’m working.”
Earlier this year, Lopez finished filming Hustlers and is now preparing for the start of her It’s My Party tour beginning June 7. To add to her list of festivities, she’ll be celebrating her 50th birthday in July, and she’s expecting it to be “super celebratory.”
Stress-Free Wedding Planning
Of course, some of us can’t live the lavish life of J.Lo, but we can all take time to manage stress while planning a wedding. Battle wedding planning stress by drinking and eating the right things to keep a positive mindset throughout the process. The following are nutritious drinks and snacks to help maintain your sanity while planning out the big day:
Whether it be purified, spring, alkaline, or mineral water, staying hydrated through the chaos can help you avoid toxins. In addition to drinking “regular” water, try out an infused water to combat wedding planning stress. Include blends such as fresh fruit and herbs to keep you alert and energized.
Any form of dark chocolate, whether it be dark chocolate squares or chocolate-covered almonds, provide the antioxidants and cacao vitamins that are jam-packed with healthy fats.
Get in as much Omega-3 as you can by eating wild salmon and nuts to keep your emotional well-being revved up from the start to the end of your wedding planning.
If you’re looking at different wedding venues in South Florida for your upcoming wedding while your fiancé enjoys a game of golf at a Fort Lauderdale golf course, feel free to contact our friendly staff at the Deer Creek Golf Club for more information!
- Entertainment Tonight – Jennifer Lopez Admits She’s Taking Her Time Planning Wedding to Alex Rodrigues (Exclusive)