‘Really mini’ wedding turns out ‘quite cool’

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Big day...Jandre and Michaela Snyman (nee Roy), who were married in Invercargill on June 20, changed their wedding plans during lockdown, including the size of the guest list and venue.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The date didn’t change but many other aspects of Michaela Snyman’s wedding did.

The former Gore woman married Jandre Snyman on June 20.

Mrs Snyman (nee Roy) said about a day into lockdown the couple started to think they would need to revise their wedding plans.

“As Covid started to unravel we decided we had better keep it safe and bring it down to just immediate family and the bridal party, which was 25 people,” Mrs Snyman said.

That number also included two musicians, two photographers and the celebrant.

“It was really mini.

“At the start we did not love that idea, but then as we started to replan during the lockdown we kind of thought actually this is quite cool because it’s a lot less work, and it means the day is actually spent really intentionally.”

The couple had planned a 120-guest wedding in Dunedin.

“It was, like, going to be in a country hall, low key and not super formal, but definitely a bigger day than what actually happened.”

When Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced group gatherings could be increased to 100, the couple decided not to change their plans.

“I think the global pandemic was a really good excuse to have a tiny wedding, because at the end of the day you can’t not invite people because you don’t want to.

“People get so offended.”

It was hard leaving people off the guest list.

“We were really gutted because it’s all these aunties and uncles that we have had part of our life and friends we have had through school and their parents .. and people from church, mentors we have had.”

However, most people were understanding.

In the end the couple were married in Mr Snyman’s parents’ double garage in Invercargill.

“We just decorated that up and made some seating out of tree trunks.

“It went really well and was really beautiful.”

The couple’s parents did the catering.

Afternoon tea followed the noon ceremony, then photographs were taken and a homemade roast dinner was served at 6pm.

Even though the wedding was on a small scale it was a full-on day.

“We were just really exhausted after having 25 humans around us.”