Nowadays, the wedding industry is thankfully heading in a direction that prioritizes whatever the couple wants! Some of this shift is due to COVID-19 restrictions, but gone are the days where you have to invite everyone you know and follow wedding traditions by the book! Now, we’re seeing microweddings become muchhh more popular.
My hope is to create an environment for my couples that allows them to plan whatever kind of wedding they want! Whether that’s a wedding with just two guests or two hundred guests, I’m here for it all, darling. If your dream is to plan a microwedding with your fave people to celebrate your relationship, let’s chat! If you’re on the bench about planning a microwedding, here’s everything ya need to know.
What is a Microwedding?
Some people define a microwedding as under 50 guests, while some define it as under 20 guests. The exact number doesn’t matter – no definition will exactly fit! Moral of the story: this definitely isn’t a 200-person event.
In general, “elopements” tend to be much smaller and less traditional than other weddings. The focus is completely on the couple and sometimes, completely private!
“Weddings” are larger, sometimes full of traditions, and can be more expensive & focused on material things.
But I wouldn’t stress too much about the different labels: “elopement,” “microwedding,” “wedding,” or “intimate wedding.” No matter what you call it, this day is about YOU + celebrating your relationship!
A Microwedding Might Be For You If….
Now that we know what a microwedding is, you might be wondering if it’s right for you and your love. Honestly, if you’re even kinda considering it, I’m here to totally encourage you and answer any questions. If you’re not a big fan of large crowds or lots of attention, I think you’re gonna love the idea of a microwedding 😉
There are countless reasons why a micro wedding might be for you! Here are my top three:
1. Put your money toward what matters to you
You want to be intentional with your finances instead of spending money on random wedding traditions or a huge guest count.
One of the easiest ways to spend lotssss of money on your wedding is to invite a ton of people. Most caterers and bar packages charge per person.
And venues that fit hundreds of people tend to cost a little bit more! Plus, when you think about all the chairs, tables, table settings, plates, glasses, and so on. . . that you’ll need to rent for that many people, it adds upppp.
Instead, you’d rather spend money on the experience of getting married and capturing that in a way that feels authentic to who you are as a couple. Who cares about buying fancy chairs for your guests to sit at for a couple of hours, or on wedding favors that you know they’ll never touch after that night?!
2. Keep it intimate, but not quite private
You want it to be intimate, but maybe not as intimate as just the two of you. You still want to celebrate with your favorite people! But you definitely don’t need your random third cousin you’ve never met at your wedding.
You can’t imagine getting married with the people most important to you like your parents, siblings, or your bestie since middle school. But you don’t loooove the idea of hundreds of eyes watching you all day, or the stress of talking to every single guest. You’d rather soak in the time with your fave people!
Focus on building a guest list of people who have been a part of your journey so far, and you know they’ll be a part of your future. That makes the day so special, knowing that everyone there fully loves and supports you two.
3. Making it “destination” is much easier
You can make a microwedding a destination wedding, but don’t need to worry about the logistics of traveling with a large group. With a smaller group, you can travel to any location of your dreams – your childhood backyard? A rooftop with a view? A private beach? The world is your oyster!
Since destination weddings can get quite expensive when you take food, flights, & lodging into account, having a smaller guest count can make it easier to do so.
You won’t have as many people you’ll need to pay for food for, and not as many people will have to book flights/take time off of work/etc. Plus, you can stay in the same resort or hotel as your guests if you want to, and make a super fun trip out of it for all of you! (Since there won’t be 300 of you 😉 ) This means it’s a chance to adventure and explore with your favorite people, all while celebrating your relationship!
If you decide that a microwedding is the best way to celebrate your relationship, then I say you go for it!! And if you’re interested in a photographer to capture every moment of your beautiful day….. I might know a gal. 😉
My elopement packages start at $3,000 and my wedding packages start at $4,200. Depending on location and guest count, microwedding packages start somewhere in the middle of elopements & weddings! If you’re interested in having me photograph your microwedding, I would looooove to chat with you, Girl! Go right ahead and reach out to me here to see if we’re a good fit!