What Is a Micro Wedding and Should You Be Planning One?
Updated: Nov 20, 2020
The choice to plan an incredibly intimate wedding is currently trending fast thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, but what is a Micro wedding?
Micro weddings are the perfect idea for those wanting to create an intimate, guest focused experience for a party size of less than 20 guests. Being that the guest list is less than 20 people it’s usually cheaper, more relaxed and can be shorter in length than a traditional wedding day.
"What are the benefits of having a Micro Wedding over a Traditional Wedding?"
One of the Benefits of having a micro wedding is that you can pick n mix the components of a traditional wedding day without having hundreds of eyes on you. Most micro wedding couples continue to have a first dance and speeches but tend to leave traditions like cake cutting and bouquet tossing. But that's the beauty of a micro wedding it can be whatever you want it to be giving you much more flexibility on making the day your own, if traditional parts of a wedding day don't resonate with you as a couple there's no pressure to include them.
Couples who have chosen to celebrate with a micro wedding commented on feeling less stressed and nervous and more excited to celebrate with their nearest and dearest. Planning a micro wedding will be perfect if you are struggling with your guest list and aren't completely happy with inviting and paying for guests you haven't seen or met in years.
You can choose to get married at a registry office or have a celebrant with a licence to marry you outdoors, or hire a venue much like a traditional wedding only you will now spend less money as your venue will be smaller and won't have to feed as many people. For example most couples have chosen to have an outdoors BBQ or hire a section of their favourite restaurant out.
So Why Have a Micro Wedding?
1. Less Stress
Planning a traditional wedding now has an average of 80 day guests and over 100 evening guests. Without the help from a wedding planner you are in charge of planning a huge event, one like you will never have planned before and the task of booking and managing multiple suppliers, chasing RSVPs, planning and orchestrating the perfect seating plan, and ensuring there’s plenty of amazing food, drink and entertainment for your guests on the day can be a whirlwind.
You might also find that if your parents are contributing to the wedding financially, that they feel like they have a right to have a say in your day, which can cause tension, and so it's completely reasonable for couples to find all of this off-putting.
Planning a smaller wedding completely strips back the planning process and so planning your day around you both and your 20 or less guests seems much more fun and doable and you are likely to find the whole planning process more enjoyable. You can focus more on who you want to have around you to celebrate your special day and really think about the kind of day you both want.
Reducing the number of guests attending your day will naturally bring the cost down therefore if you're budget conscious then planning a micro wedding could be perfect for you.
Not having hundreds of guests at your wedding can also allow you to focus on quality rather than quantity. There might be a certain type of food menu and champagne you love but timesing that by a hundred could have meant you wouldn't have been able to afford that. Having a micro wedding gives you the choice of how much or little you can now spend on the details that matter most to you and your day.
3. More time spent with your guests
It's no secret that with big traditional weddings you spend will spend most of your time trying to get around all of the guests to thank them for coming meaning you won't actually be spending any quality time with your guests for any length of time and so with a micro wedding it strips that right back allowing you more time with your guests.
4. There are less timing restrictions
Trying to get 100 people free on the same day almost definitely requires that you choose a weekend for your wedding making it more expensive when selecting your venue. Having a smaller wedding can help you to be more flexible when choosing your date, for example and weekday wedding may suit you better and be a cheaper option too!
If you choose to have a celebrant (and the legal part is done before), you open up even more opportunities for where you can host your wedding. A sunset ceremony on a beach, a picnic in a park, renting out a country house for a few days – the possibilities are endless!
5. There’s Less Eyes on You
For some people this isn't an issue but this can make for an extremely nervous bride or groom at the thought of how many people will be watching you exchanging your vows.
If you suffer from anxiety or you are a shy person having a big wedding can be extremely daunting for you, and so saying 'I do' in front of the people you love most around you will make you feel so much more comfortable, and you can absolutely have that!
So there you have it! Whatever you decide to do, let it be your decision. Getting married will be one of the best days of your lives so make sure it's filled with your favorite people and let all the planning of your day be for one that you will really enjoy!
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