There’s no cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all type of concept in the wedding industry. Every single wedding is unique in its own way, which is part of what makes a wedding such a special event. No matter how many you’ve attended or hosted, it’s a different experience every single time.
Some weddings are large, take place at a huge venue, and feature a lengthy guest list. Other weddings are small, take place in an intimate setting, and feature a short guest list. Don’t worry, there’s no wrong answer here, so long as you choose the type of wedding that fits you the best.
With the COVID-19 pandemic ruining a lot of couples’ plans and the wedding industry forever evolving, there’s one wedding concept that continues to gain popularity around the globe — a micro wedding. It’s unique, it’s intimate, and it makes for a special and memorable moment.
So, what is a micro wedding?
When you think of a traditional wedding, you likely imagine around 200 guests — enough that those in the back have difficulty hearing the vows or the Best Man’s speech. It doesn’t fully take away from the moment, but it’s not the experience every bride and groom wants for their guests.
With what we imagine a traditional wedding to be, a micro wedding is quite the opposite. They often feature a lot of the same wedding traditions, but at a much smaller scale — meaning fewer guests, smaller venues, and a more intimate affair. It’s still a wedding, just a miniature version.
For the most part, micro weddings won’t exceed 20 guests and often have less than 10 guests. The wedding ceremony and reception are still set up in a similar manner, but the bride and groom usually like to get creative with their micro wedding — making it much more personal.
Creative Ideas for Your Micro Wedding Ceremony
When planning your wedding, it’s important that you personalize and customize it to meet your wants, needs, and expectations. After all, it’s your big day and it should go exactly how you want it to go. While this is true with any wedding, micro weddings often have more room for creativity.
With a smaller guest list, you won’t be spending as much money on food, venues, beverages, decorations, and supplies. Since you’re saving money in certain areas, you can go all-out in other areas. As a result, many couples pay attention to the details of a micro wedding.
If you’re considering a micro wedding and want to make sure you do it right, we’ve got some creative ideas to get you started! Remember, it’s your wedding and your day to shine, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Your guests will have an incredible time no matter what!
Utilize Airbnb for Unique Micro Wedding Venues
One way people get creative with their micro wedding is by renting non-traditional venues to spice things up a bit. For example, many people are turning to exotic and dreamy Airbnb locations to host their wedding ceremonies and reception. A backyard wedding is always stunning!
Explore Local Cafes or Your Favorite Restaurant
Speaking of renting non-traditional venues, why not consider getting married at one of your favorite local cafes or favorite restaurants? Since you won’t have a lot of guests, they can likely accommodate your party and would even be honored to share that moment with you and your family.
Serve Cupcakes Instead of a Full Wedding Cake
One of the staples of a traditional wedding is the huge wedding cake and the cake-cutting ceremony. With your micro-wedding, you can bypass that and go with cupcakes instead. They’re more fun and they allow you to personalize each cupcake for each of your guests.
Have a Smaller-Scale Wedding at a Vineyard or Winery
Vineyards and wineries make for a great wedding venue. They’re filled with beautiful scenery, they bring everyone closer to nature, they provide an elegant and luxurious outdoor feel, they boast natural light, they’re perfect for photographs, and there’s an unlimited supply of wine!
Throw an Intimate Wedding at a Botanical Garden
Speaking of wedding venues that are perfect for photographs, you can always consider having a micro wedding at a botanical garden. The incredible aroma is more than fitting, the bright colors symbolize joy and happiness, and it makes for a memorable moment that you’ll never forget.
Benefits of Micro Weddings & Small Weddings
If you’re new to the micro wedding craze, you might be wondering what the benefits are and why so many people are considering a smaller wedding these days. Don’t worry, you’re not alone and many people are still coming around to it. In fact, some people don’t even know they exist!
Let’s take a look at some of the amazing benefits of having a micro wedding:
- If something comes up, making changes is easy with fewer guests.
- With a smaller guest count, you can save money in most areas.
- By sticking to immediate family and close friends, you can have a more intimate celebration.
- You can spend more quality time with those that matter the most.
- A small wedding is ideal for short engagements or sudden changes.
- You still get to enjoy the wedding planning experience with a smaller wedding, likely with less stress and frustration.
- With more time to dedicate to small details, you can plan your dream wedding to perfection.
- You can still work in classic wedding traditions and can even opt to have a bridal party — albeit a smaller one.
A micro wedding is no less exciting than a traditional wedding, especially for the right couple. Although on a smaller scale, it’s the perfect way to usher in the beginning of a partnership destined to stand the test of time. With a micro wedding, anything is possible and probable.
Planning a Micro Wedding With Secret Window Events
Micro weddings are becoming more and more popular every year — and Secret Window Events is here for it! We’re obsessed with the possibilities a micro wedding presents and would be honored to host your micro wedding. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our venue!