2020 has not been a good year for farmers in the farm wedding industry. “My 2020 wedding binder looks like a bomb hit it, there’s so many cross-outs and rewrites,” said one exhausted Southern Maryland venue owner. “And, my desk and the wall behind it are filled with so many yellow sticky notes, it looks like I’ve wallpapered with them.”
Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, pivoted their business model.
“Thinking about getting married?” the museum’s website reads. “Concerned about the health of your guests and your budget, but you want a beautiful and meaningful ceremony and reception? The newest trend in weddings are the ‘Mini-mony’ and ‘Micro-wedding,’ ceremonies and weddings with small guest counts to accommodate social distancing and are easy on the bank account.” The site’s statement continues: “A Mini-mony is a small ceremony for 10-25 people with a short, low-key gathering afterward to toast the new couple. A Micro-wedding is a ceremony and short reception with 25-75 people. It may include a light buffet meal or cocktail reception.”