I’m sure you’ve heard of micro weddings. When most people hear micro weddings, they automatically think of elopements, but micro weddings aren’t elopements. An elopement is most often a wedding that is spontaneous and planned with barely any guests, but there is so much more to micro weddings.
A micro wedding is basically a wedding with 30 guests or less. Micro weddings contain all the elements of a traditional wedding ceremony. The only difference is that they are on a smaller scale. You also have minimonies which are somewhere in between elopements and micro weddings. They feature more guests than a typical elopement does and fewer guests than a micro wedding would have.
The Covid19 pandemic currently ravaging the world has caused a change in how things are done worldwide. The wedding industry is also affected, and people are finding ways to adapt to the new way of things. We’ve had people cancelling or postponing their wedding because it would be unsafe to hold them as they had initially planned. One of the ways that couples have adapted is by opting for micro weddings.
Micro weddings are being planned on their original wedding dates, and couples are choosing to hold off their big parties to whenever it would be safe to do so. A lot of experts in the industry and I have watched this trend grow. We’ve also watched a rise in packages being offered from the industry vendors for micro weddings too. That’s why I thought I should share a few words on them and what they entail. I’ve also shared some tips on how to plan a micro wedding if you discover that it’s what’s right for you in these times.
· But First, Is A Micro-Wedding Right for You?
Many people that choose to go for new trend of micro weddings and do so for a lot of reasons. These reasons could include things like their location and can include budget, smaller can also mean more options to. So how do you determine if a micro wedding is what’s right for you? If you meet any of the criteria below, you should strongly consider having one.
· You Like the Idea of a Private Destination Wedding
First off, not too many people can attend a destination wedding that is far away from home. So, if the idea of a destination wedding in a far off and remote destination is what appeals to you, then a micro wedding is right up your alley. Though with Covid 19 that needs careful thought at this time.
· A Big Guest List Isn’t Really Your Thing
Big parties can be fun, but when you think of your wedding, you wouldn’t really mind if most people didn’t show up. If the person described in that sentence sounds like you, then a micro wedding is what you should go for.
· You’re on A Budget
Wedding budgets are quite simple. The more people that show up, the more you’ll have to spend. If you plan to minimize costs at your wedding because the economy is being a bit unfriendly, then you should look into a micro wedding.
· You Want to Spend Time with Your Guests Personally
If you’ve always dreamed of a wedding where you can share some meaningful words with everyone who attends and say your thanks personally, a big wedding is out of the question for you. Imagine trying to say thanks individually to over 200 people! With a micro wedding of 30 to 40 guests, you could get away with this.
· Splurging on Food and Drink Isn’t Your Thing
Honestly, when it comes to guest numbers, one of the effects is that your food and drink bill goes up as your guest numbers go up. If you want to spend on other things like an expensive wedding dress, premium live entertainment or an extravagant honeymoon, your guest numbers have to go down, and a micro wedding is what you should have.
· Big Gatherings Are Not Your Thing
Let’s face it; some people are not just fans of large gatherings. The worst part is that since it’s your wedding day, you’ll be the focus of everyone’s attention the whole time too. If you found your anxiety rising as you read the last sentence, go for a wedding on a smaller scale like a micro wedding.
· You Care About the Environment
Honestly, regular weddings are not the most eco-friendly event. From the carbon footprint of every guest who attends to the wastage that comes from décor to leftover food, you won’t be considering the environment at all. If you’re trying to be eco-conscious, a reduction in the number of people coming to your wedding automatically cuts down on the carbon footprint of your wedding.
· How Is the Industry Reacting to The Increase in Micro Weddings?
One thing that is constant in life is change, and the wedding industry is one that is great at adapting to change. Venues and other professionals are coming up with great new packages for micro weddings and tailoring their services to accommodate them.
· Bottom Line
Whether it’s because you’re on a budget, you like your privacy, you want to keep your loved ones safe, or you just don’t like big events with too many people, not many couples want a big party of a wedding. Micro weddings or Twilight have been around for long, but the pandemic is undoubtedly causing an increase in the trend. If you think a micro wedding would be perfect for you and your guests, please go ahead with your plans. The following tips will help you plan a successful and enjoyable micro wedding.
Tips for Planning Your Micro-Wedding/Twilight Wedding
Once you’ve given the green light to a micro-wedding, use the following 14 tips to create a smaller scale celebration — without losing any of the magic of your special occasion.
· Find the Right Wedding Venue
A significant advantage of a micro-wedding is the abundance of venues available. While large weddings are limited to event spaces that can accommodate a big group, couples planning intimate nuptials usually have their pick of everything. You can choose from a boutique restaurant, an art gallery, or the top of an iconic structure to a private beach, a sunset cruise, or a secret garden.
There are few limits to where you can say “I do.” As many aspects of wedding planning depend on the venue, find the right one before moving on to the following tips.
· Consider A Destination Wedding
As a micro-wedding can significantly lower your costs, you may find that your budget allows for a destination wedding. If this is something you’ve dreamed of, start looking into how to make it happen. As a bonus, it’s a lot easier to get 30 to 40 people to a far-off location than 150.
· Only Invite Your Closest Friends and Family
One of the trickiest, but most important, aspects of a micro-wedding is only inviting the special people you and your fiancé can’t forgo. Create the invite list together, and be as discerning as possible with who makes the cut. (maybe check your mail inbox or WhatsApp or text messages and invite only those your who keep in touch with you.
· Reconsider Allowing Plus Ones
If your invite list is pushing 50, without accounting for plus-ones, you can make them a no-go. Many of your guests will likely know each other, so you probably won’t get much flack for the decision. Even if you do, remember it’s your wedding. You have every right to say “No” to someone you barely know arriving on the arm of Cousin Anna or Uncle Bob.
· Find the Right Celebrant
While it’s always good to find a Celebrant that resonates with you, it’s especially crucial for a small wedding as it’s such an intimate affair. You can either hire a professional Celebrant from the area where you’ll wed or travel with a celebrant you trust.
· Decide If You Want A Wedding Party
Some couples choose not to have a wedding party during their micro-wedding, as the guest count is already so low. Alternatively, you and your partner could have one particular friend or family member beside you as you say “I do.” At the end of the day, the size of your wedding party is up to you, regardless of the guest count.
· Get Creative with Wedding Elements
Fewer wedding guests usually mean more space for quality and creativity. A small guest list can result in a more unique venue, foodie-friendly meals, custom cocktails, involved games, elaborate decorations, and anything else you wish.
· Embrace the Services of a Wedding Planner
While it seems like wedding planning for a micro-wedding is easy, there are still elements you may forget or find overwhelming. Enter a wedding planner. This wedding pro can ensure every detail is considered and dissolve a significant amount of your stress. It can be so much fun to explore Pinterest
· Hire A Photographer
Regardless of how understated you want your wedding to be, it’s still a momentous occasion that should be captured by a professional photographer. Take your time searching for the right fit, perusing online portfolios, and calling top candidates to get a feel if your personalities mesh.
· Treat Yourself to An Amazing Wedding Reception
Just because you’re having a micro-wedding doesn’t mean you should forgo a fabulous reception. Because this type of wedding doesn’t require as many funds for food and drink, you’ll probably have more flexibility when it comes to selecting a venue, entertainment, decor, and fun details you think would enhance the celebration.
· Decide If You Want DIY Floral Displays or A Florist
Although trying to create DIY centrepieces and other floral displays for a large wedding can seem like a recipe for disaster, it’s doable for a micro-wedding. If you enjoy getting crafty with flowers and foliage, consider making your own displays. Alternatively, you can always seek out a florist to help you develop a concept that matches your vision.
· Make It Personal
Without an abundance of guests, creating thoughtful touches is more doable. This can include handwritten invitations, calligraphy place cards, arrangements of hand-picked wildflowers, and anything else that piques your interest.
· Opt for Your Favourite Sweets
When you’re not trying to provide dessert for over 100 people, you can forgo the cake and get more creative. For example, if you love homemade cookies, pie, or candy, feel free to follow that urge. Some couples hosting a micro-wedding also choose to have a small cake and a separate table with a variety of sweets.
· Determine When You Need to Acquire the Marriage License
Some areas have numerous hoops to jump through before you receive the marriage license. It’s wise to look into the requirements a few months before you tie the knot. This is especially important if you’re hoping to get legally hitched during an international destination wedding.