2020 has been a turbulent year for weddings and the buzz words within the wedding world have been “micro weddings” and “elopement weddings”. The question still being asked is what are we going to be allowed once we are out of this current lockdown.
I suspect micro weddings will still on be the cards until Spring next year. If you are planning your wedding day, and you’re not sure if a micro wedding is for you, then you’ve come to the right place. Let me guide you through some aspects of a micro wedding.
Firstly you are probably thinking, what the heck are Micro Weddings?
As the name suggests, a micro wedding is all to do with scale. Sometimes termed as small and intimate weddings, typically a micro wedding will host a small number of guests. Guest numbers are normally below 20. But importantly to remember most aspects of a larger traditional wedding can still form part of a micro wedding. A micro wedding still follows more of a traditional structure of a big wedding.
The Cost of a Micro Wedding.
Micro weddings as with any type of wedding can be as indulgent or tight-budgeted as you want it to be and less guests does not necessarily mean less cost unless you ultimately want it to.
Inviting less than 20 guests to your micro wedding will cost significantly less than 100 especially when you are looking at a price per head basis. However, many couples are deciding to increase their price per head budget for a select few and spoiling their special guests to indulgent wedding celebrations.
My best advice though is with any wedding regardless of size is to work out your budget and consider what your biggest priorities are for your wedding day. A micro wedding or small intimate wedding does not need to be a “budget wedding”.
Having fewer guests can often result in being able to afford something that you may not have done if you were having a large wedding. For example elaborate transport may be unnecessary and an order of service could be irrelevant so now perhaps now you can choose very luxurious wedding furniture or larger floral arrangements.
Prioritise for what you really really would like and go for it. Create that WOW for your close guests.
Freedom without Formality at a Micro Wedding.
Large traditional weddings can come with a whole host of formalities, expectations, and requirements. But micro weddings offer couples the freedom to think outside the box and the flexibility to use their creative ideas. No tight schedules, no huge guest numbers needed to be entertained and accommodated, no top table formalities and with the option to make the day totally unique no wedding comparisons between friends and even family!
Big Day Nerves abandoned at Micro Weddings.
Character and personality can certainly depict the right type of wedding for a couple. If you are naturally more introvert and the thought of a room full of hundreds of eyes on just you, fills you with utter dread and anxiety then a smaller micro wedding could certainly be the right choice. Many couples feel more at ease and can relax on their special day knowing just a handful of loved ones are celebrating with them.
Reduce planning stress and time with Mirco Weddings.
Having to logistically think about less than 20 guests opposed to 100 can reduce your stress and the time planning your wedding day. There are less invites to post out, less responses and questions to deal with, less menu choices to arrange, less table planning and name tags to sort. A whole host of things on your to-do list can be reduced in time or even totally eliminated by reducing your guest numbers.
Quality time with your guests and taking care of them at Micro Weddings.
Micro weddings give you the time to really interact with your guests and think about each and every guest. Instead of your day being a steady stream of welcomes, goodbyes and guilt that you haven’t properly chatted to a hundred people individually, a micro wedding allows for a more relaxed vibe. Welcoming much fewer guests allows more time for quality conversation in the excitement of your magical day.
You may consider treating your guests with personal touches. This does not necessarily need to be hugely expensive gifts but more thoughtful tokens. Maybe when you sit down for dinner you have everyone’s favourite drink waiting for them or hand written cards for each guest thanking them for being with you.
It’s all about the Marriage!
Some couples feel a micro wedding allows them to enjoy the true meaning of the day, marrying the one they are completely in love with and beginning their marriage together. Standing up in front of a huge group of people and declaring their love can seem unnecessary to some. A micro wedding allows for you to be surrounded by the people you love and gives you the space to enjoy each other at this exciting time.
Flexibility of a Micro Wedding.
Embrace the flexibility of planning a micro wedding. You can make up your own mind and detach yourself from traditional wedding demands. If you are not comfortable wearing a white dress, ditch the idea. Don’t feel under pressure, do what you want to do, be in charge of your planning journey and desires. Your micro wedding will be everything you dream of.
Please do contact me if you would like any advice on what the best solution would be for your wedding be it micro or massive www.honourandpop.co.uk/contact.
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