Micro weddings have been a concept for many years, but the idea really became popular in 2020 after the coronavirus pandemic. Couples had to get creative with their plans and reduce the number of guests they could have for the big day.
Whilst some decided to put their wedding plans completely on hold, others adapted to fit with restrictions and as a result micro weddings continue to be a big wedding trend today. Here we’ll be looking at everything you need to know when planning a micro wedding so you can plan the perfect, intimate day.
What is a micro wedding?
A micro wedding can be defined as a wedding that has less than 20 guests. Due to being smaller in size it is often cheaper, more relaxed, and shorter than more conventional weddings. This type of wedding is different from an elopement which is typically done in secret with just the couple and two witnesses present, often in a quick and easy registry office ceremony.
Even though it could still just be the marrying couple and two witnesses, a micro wedding is not done in secret or on a whim without any planning. It’s a fully thought-out day, just for a smaller number of people. Micro weddings can still include time-honoured wedding traditions but on a more reduced scale. Alternatively, brides and grooms might want to put a twist on tradition and use wedding ideas in ways that could be more challenging with bigger weddings.
Top tips for your micro wedding
If you have a big family and a lot of friends, planning a micro wedding might be more of a challenge. However, if the time in isolation has taught us anything it’s who we truly miss when we’re not able to see them. This newly discovered clarity can be useful when creating your guest list.
Put aside any obligations you might feel to invite certain people, there are other ways to include them in your wedding. Maybe you could just invite family and plan a party with your friends later? Try not to worry about people getting offended and go with what you feel is right for you and your partner and your special day.
Bridesmaids/maid of honour
If you’re wondering whether you should have bridesmaids and how many at a micro wedding it all depends on what you feel is right for your day. You might just want to have a maid of honour and one bridesmaid or just the maid of honour or just a couple of bridesmaids.
Keep in mind though that the more bridesmaids you decide to have the larger the bridal party will be in comparison to the number of guests you have. If you don’t want the wedding party to be making up the majority of guests, you might want to stick to one or two bridesmaids/maid of honour. Plus having a smaller bridal party will make it easier to shop for affordable bridesmaid dresses and maid of honour dresses.
Prioritising the important stuff
You will need to prioritise more than just your guests when planning a micro wedding. Start by creating a list of non-negotiables that you want at your wedding. Both you and your partner should get a say on three things you want and won’t compromise on. This will help you use your budget wisely and ensure the most important elements are included in the day.
Choosing the right venue
It’s always easier to find a venue you love and then tailor your guest list to fit with the venue, rather than inviting everyone and then realising you can’t find the right space. Be mindful that a bigger venue saying they will accommodate a small wedding might not be right for you. This is because you may feel overwhelmed in a setting that is too big and highlights the limited number of people.
For a micro wedding day, you need somewhere that has plenty of space for people to relax, but with the appropriate proportions for a more intimate atmosphere. For example, if you’ve always dreamt of a castle for your wedding, you might find that there are smaller spaces you can use within that venue instead of the larger grand halls.
Don’t overthink it
A micro wedding is meant to be more relaxed and personal, meaning you don’t have to overthink and worry about everything. The size of your wedding doesn’t dictate how lavish you can be with the important things. Focus on what is important; getting married to the person you love and everything else will fall into place.
What to wear to a micro wedding
As mentioned above, generally micro weddings are more relaxed than traditional weddings. So, when it comes to not just the bridal gown but bridesmaid dresses and guest attire, you might want to take that into consideration. If you want to go with that less formal and more personal feel, we have beautiful bridesmaid dresses UK and occasion dresses that will fit with your micro wedding perfectly.
Shop our stunning collections of online bridesmaid dresses now and get in touch with us if you have any questions.