If you’re planning a wedding or if you work in the wedding, like yours truly, you’ve more than likely heard a lot of words that sound the same yet mean something totally different or words that seem like should they should have their own definition, but actually share one. One such case would be “micro wedding” and “intimate wedding”. They sound like they’re each their own thing, but are they really?
Recently, I unpacked the differences between elopements and intimate weddings, but after conducting a poll on the handy dandy Instagram, I found that a lot of you were curious to learn more about micro weddings. Well, Weddings 101 class is in, friends, so grab a glass of champs and take a comfy seat while we dive in!
I could spend a healthy chunk of time talking about all the differences between micro weddings, elopements, and traditional weddings (which have their own tier, if you really want your mind blown). For the purpose of this post, we’re going to be focusing solely on micro weddings.
Ever growing in popularity during this age of minimalism, micro weddings have actually been around for a while under the guise of “intimate weddings”. That’s right, they’re the same thing. What makes them different from other wedding types is that they have a super small guest count averaging at 20 people, being the honored couple’s most nearest and dearest. Another separating factor is their slightly altered timeline which leads them to usually be more simplistic. This can look different for every event – It could look like a quick ceremony, skipping out on the first dance, or no reception at all. If there is a reception, the formality can vary depending on the couple’s style. Micro weddings tend to have fewer expenses which allows couples more flexibility in planning them. Receptions for a smaller crowd can be quaint and intimate with everyone at one table, with the menus as an investment piece. They can also be as minimal and relaxed as a picnic! Just because micro weddings are small does not mean that they can’t be elegant!
It’s no secret that I am an advocate for brides getting the day they dream of and not one someone else dreams up for them, be that bridal magazines or a family member. Weddings are not a one size fits all! Here are some things to consider if micro weddings are piquing your interest:
Your Budget – How much can you comfortably invest in creating a day you’ll love?
Your Intimacy – Are you happy to mingle with family and friends or would you rather put more focus on your spouse?
Your Desire To Plan – Do you have a knack for making all the little details come together or would you rather make as few decisions as possible?
Your Celebration – Would you truly enjoy a more low-key celebration?
If you’re thinking “YES!” to most of these, then a micro wedding may be the perfect fit for you! Maybe you like how all this sounds, but you’re still not ready to commit. If so, no worries! I’m including some of my favorite resources for you to help you kick off your planning journey – No matter how you decide to do it!