A wedding is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event and we understand why some choose to have a grand celebration with everyone they know in attendance. Having said that, it’s also a huge financial undertaking. Now more than ever, modern couples are choosing to downscale their weddings and have more intimate gatherings.
Especially in the time of COVID-19, wedding plans have been postponed and planning has never been more complicated. In line with this, micro weddings have surged in popularity as more and more people choose to cut their guestlists in order for their wedding to push through.
Big is not always better. Micro weddings are the perfect example of this. Not only will you have more flexibility in the format, but you will also have an easier time planning and have more savings. Intimate gatherings mean you are actually inviting the most important people in your lives – the ones that truly matter. This eventually results in a more sincere reception with everyone enjoying each one’s company.
To clarify, there is no right or wrong in deciding what type of wedding you want to have. Whether you choose to have a large or small celebration, or an elopement, the decision is yours alone. For those considering having a micro wedding, here’s is everything you need to learn about it to arrive at the best final decision that will work for the two of you.
WHAT IS A MICRO WEDDING?
A micro wedding still has everything a traditional larger wedding has in terms of the ceremony, reception, styling, and everything in between. The main difference will be the number of guests in attendance. Some say a micro wedding will have a maximum of 20 while others stand by the cap at 50 guests. Usually, the list will be reduced to only having your closest family and friends to celebrate with you.
This is a wonderful choice because it still includes all the features of a traditional wedding but in a smaller and more relaxed way. The savings are also significant and you can save or splurge on other parts of the celebration such as the venue, hotel stay, or the honeymoon.
WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER GETTING MICRO WEDDING
This pandemic has caused everyone to reexamine priorities. Not only are health protocols and social distancing in place, but there have been lay-offs, too. It is a good reminder to make sure your finances are in order when you decide on your wedding day expenses.
Focusing on what is important
In wedding planning, there really is the pressure to live up to other people’s expectations. Whether it’s from the social circle or family, having a grandiose celebration or inviting so many guests can put unnecessary stress on soon to weds. Recalibrating on what is important to both you and sticking with it is easier with a guest list of 20-50. You no longer need to feel like you have to impress a hundred different people.
Aside from the venue, dress, styling, and décor, you’re going to have to pay for food as well. Of course, you’ll be paying less for a fewer number of guests. This especially rings true if you’re talking about a price per head dinner.
You may want to splurge on a destination wedding or your future home, having a smaller guest list can help you allot funds for those needs instead. Micro weddings can be as simple or grand as you want, it’s all about reallotting your budget to what’s important to the both of you instead.
Relaxed Planning and Decision Making
Micro weddings are easier to plan. Period. You will have fewer people to invite and think about. Your whole to-do list is reduced. Also, because you’re only inviting close friends and family, you can be more creative and flexible with your decisions. It can be a completely non-traditional wedding and you’ll be comfortable with it because the people who will be there know and understand who you are.
True Enjoyment on Your Wedding Day
A smaller guest list allows you to spend quality time with each and every person you invite. You can actually sit down and talk to them during the reception. It won’t be the typical take a picture with a group, hi, and goodbye. When you’re inviting people you love and those that are important to your life, you’ll be able to have real enjoyment on your most special day.
Focus on your marriage
It is exciting to plan your wedding and it’s totally normal to want a beautiful celebration. But don’t think that this is the end all be all. After the festivities, it is your marriage that you will need to work on. The true meaning of the day is the celebration of your love and your union.
Micro weddings can be just as beautiful as traditional larger weddings. It gives you the freedom to choose what you want to do on YOUR day. It is the wonderful in-between of an elopement and a traditional wedding. Also, if you’re considering a micro wedding only because of the current COVID-19 situation, it is still a great choice. You can celebrate with a larger number of guests and still have your dream large wedding when the situation improves.