Hotel Providence offering ‘micro weddings’ to adapt to pandemic

With covid-19 here to stay, couples everywhere have had to make the tough decision to postpone their big weddings to comply with public health recommendations.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A Providence hotel has come up with a unique way to help those who have had to postpone their weddings, by inviting couples to celebrate their ‘small day’ with them with a micro wedding.

With covid-19 here to stay, couples everywhere have had to make the tough decision to postpone their big weddings to comply with public health recommendations.

“The wedding industry is suffering throughout covid-19,” said Hotel Providence Sales and Marketing Director Greg Nawrocki. “However this was an opportunity for us to adapt.”

And adapt is what Hotel Providence is doing by offering customers ‘micro weddings’ instead. The idea came from couples who had postponed their nuptials who were asking if they could still get legally married on their original date.

“It’s something so small that we can do at an affordable price point, and people will still get their, I don’t want to say their dream wedding, but let’s call it their dream pandemic wedding for now,” said Nawrocki.

The ‘elopement’ package includes a ceremony for 10 people, an officiant, a champagne toast, and a stay at the hotel – for $500. Nawrocki says the response so far has been overwhelming.

“I think that we’re all just kind of yearning for normalcy,” he said.

One such person looking to plan something was Sherry Winn of Warren.

“When this came up today, it was like, the light bulb just went off and I was like, ‘This is perfect.'”

Winn had been wondering if or how her and her husband would celebrate their 20th anniversary. Now, she says, she’s excited to do a vow renewal.

“We could postpone it, and we could have put it off, and we could say, ‘Ok well next year we’ll do whatever. But it’s here, it’s now, we don’t know when it’s leaving,” said Winn. “This is a great idea I think for the industry and things that they’re doing.”

The hotel is aiming to begin the micro weddings at the end of May once public health guidelines shift to allowing groups of ten to gather.

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