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Dreaming of a charmingly cozy happily ever after? Overwhelmed with the idea of planning a huge wedding? Say “I Do!” with only your nearest and dearest in attendance! The perfect compromise between blowout occasion and private elopement, micro weddings are meaningful events on a smaller, more manageable scale. There is an abundance of perks to having a micro wedding: they can be just as fun, if not more so than larger celebrations. Read along as we share some inspiration and considerations to help you plan the most memorable micro wedding!
Guest List and Invitations
A small guest list is imperative when it comes to micro weddings. Invite your closest friends, family, and loved ones – after all, you want to be surrounded by your favorite people.
Typically with an average of around 20 guests, micro weddings can be planned to the tastes and accommodation of all in the wedding party. If you are having trouble narrowing down the list, consider starting with only the people you have spoken to in recent months, or whether you would take said guest to an expensive dinner. Additionally, a benefit to fewer guests is that the happy couple gets to spend more time with each one, making everyone feel valued on this special day. Since there will only be a handful of guests, why not handwrite invitations instead of having them printed? Get creative and showcase beautiful calligraphy, wax seals, and whatever artistic touches your heart desires. Alternatively, stick to a simple, handwritten note. Also, consider sending out a wedding announcement for those not invited to the wedding itself.
Cost and Details
A small-scale wedding translates to lower costs; however, that means you can truly invest in quality vendors. Having fewer guests frees up your budget for personalized extras. Whether it’s custom cocktail napkins, artisanal welcome favors, gourmet bar and specialty beverages, or another detail, elevate every element with thought and creativity. Hiring a professional photographer or videographer is another great investment. They will be able to beautifully capture the joy and romance of your wedding with each shutter click of the camera. As for seating, one long family-style or U-shaped table would add to the intimate nature of your micro wedding. If you prefer to keep things minimal, there are many inexpensive yet elegant ambiance options. Save by having fewer centerpieces and instead try hanging floral arrangements or seasonal drapery that will seamlessly bring all the decor together at a less expensive cost. Fortunately, the adaptability of your budget allows you to save or splurge to your liking.
The possibilities are endless for micro wedding venues. Clifftops chalets, favorite winery, beloved backyards – your imagination is the limit for where to have your wedding. For the adventurous couple, a mountain getaway with fresh wooded views or a private shoreline would make for a refreshing wedding backdrop. A historic estate or treasured art gallery are a couple of unique locations that are ideal for micro weddings. For city lovers, a classy rooftop bar or vibrant industrial space could be an unforgettable place to tie the knot. When traveling aboard, it is important to confirm marriage laws and venue permits and make the appropriate arrangements ahead of time. Keep in mind the transportation costs and travel distance for guests, too.
Entertainment and Food
A micro wedding is a lovely opportunity to infuse a little personality into the day’s festivities. From the time-honored traditions like the first dance to quirky reception entertainment, plan fun activities for guests to enjoy. Curate DIY snack stations, hire a local band, lay out classic lawn games, and get guests mingling at the reception. Instead of catering, opt for a cherished food truck or serve a decadent multi-course meal. A wedding cake is a must, but nonconventional desserts like donuts or cinnamon rolls could be delicious add-ons to satisfy any sweet tooth. Ask guests to specify any dietary restrictions in advance so you can have offerings suitable for everyone. Again, the choices are endless and we encourage you to make the most of them.
These ideas are merely a starting point for micro weddings and prove that mini weddings can still pack a mighty punch. Embrace the flexibility and start planning your perfect micro wedding!
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