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Central Coast wedding vendors partner for new 'micro wedding' package for couples

More couples opting for the less traditional micro weddings
Posted at 6:13 AM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 09:51:13-04

A local event and entertainment company is adapting its business model as it tries to rebound from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Epic Entertainment in Grover Beach is partnering with fellow wedding vendors to create a special "micro wedding" package.

The company's goal is to help the Central Coast wedding industry stay alive and give couples a safe way to get married.

Only 10 guests are allowed at these micro weddings, including the couple.

Everyone else can watch the nuptials and celebration via live stream.

The basic $1,800 package covers an hour and a half at the venue, rentals, officiant, photo booth and a celebratory toast.

For those in the wedding industry, Epic Entertainment president Anthony Salas says this new offering will help them stay afloat.

"[Wedding vendors are] not making as much as they would on a full wedding but because we're able to do six to eight of these each day and we're setting up at these venues for three days in row, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, it definitely helps supplement what is not coming in right now from regular sized weddings," Salas told KSBY.

If you add flowers, photography and cake, the total cost comes out to $2,600. Before the pandemic, the average wedding on the Central Coast cost $50,000.

Right now, Epic Entertainment is booking micro weddings at the Dana Powers House, The Gala Nipomo and The Penny in downtown San Luis Obispo.