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Chico wedding venue holds 'micro-weddings' to adjust to COVID-19

One Northern California wedding venue is finding a way to help more couples say "I do" during the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Jul 24, 2020 8:32 AM
Updated: Jul 24, 2020 10:14 AM

CHICO, Calif. - One Northern California wedding venue is finding a way to help more couples say "I do" during the coronavirus pandemic.

Organizers from White Ranch Events in north Chico are holding "micro weddings," a small intimate setting with less than 10 people.

It is part of adjusting to COVID-19 while keeping some of the traditions alive.

Before the coronavirus pandemic began - business was booming at the White Ranch wedding venue in north Chico. The venue has pulled in hundreds of guests watching brides and grooms say "I do."

Fast forward to now - the venue is empty.

"It's been frustrating to not have anybody come out," said Donna White, owner of White Ranch Events.

So owner Donna White and son in law Jordan Williams came up with a plan to bring back business, micro weddings.

"They're basically just a small intimate dinner party with your immediate family and maybe one or two friends," Williams said, answering what a micro wedding is.

The micro wedding costs $1,400 - it includes:

  • 10 guests 
  • Available Sun-Thurs
  • Ceremony
  • Cocktail Hour
  • Dinner
  • DJ
  • Tables/Chairs
  • Borrowing Room included for decorations

"We've had a great response from couples who are choosing to go with the micro wedding instead of the big wedding," Williams said.

The celebration usually lasts about three hours.

White tells Action News Now before they came up with the concept -- she had to reschedule all her weddings for next year.

"With money going out and no money coming we need to have some creative thought," White said.

It's an adjustment during these uncertain times.

"It's fun to be able to share my property and my flowers and my gardens," White said.

White says they will not host big weddings until next year. Micro weddings are set to take place this fall at White Ranch events.

Weddings are usually held from April until late October, according to White.

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