Micro-Weddings ..the new trend?
As the world continues to battle the covid-19 pandemic, things are slowly going back to normal. And despite the wedding industry being dealt a hefty blow last year, wedding celebrations are still underway with some planning the huge parties they missed and other couples preferring to stick to smaller gatherings.
The latter brings us to our main topic of discussion – micro-weddings. In 2020, as a destination wedding photographer, I did witness plenty of micro-weddings. Unlike elopements which are inspired by love and passion to be with those closest to you on your wedding day, micro-weddings were mostly hosted because of the covid-19 restrictions that only allowed at most, 50 guests to attend.
What’s So Good about this Wedding Trend?
Surprisingly, the limitation of large gatherings was a blessing in disguise for many couples. Budgets that had been set aside for hundreds of guests during wedding planning would be used to entertain a group of not more than 50 people. Meaning that every aspect of the wedding would be classic and luxurious. And this begs the question – are micro-weddings the new trend?
I believe that it’s all up to the bride and groom. Micro-weddings have their pros and cons. Some of the advantages include; an opportunity to handpick special guests, take off the pressure of meeting everyone’s needs, have a lavish wedding, and a chance to spend more quality time with loved ones.
The biggest disadvantage of a micro-wedding is that the world will always remind you that you didn’t invite them.
Making Your Micro-Wedding Special
A shorter guest list gives you endless opportunities on making your big day special. What most couples love about micro-weddings is the fact that the bride and groom have a wide selection of venues, the freedom to choose a memorable meal, book a live performance and or even design the venue better.
What makes us know that this trend is here to stay is how most venues are accommodating micro-wedding requests. Such packages were not available in most venues, not unless a couple makes a special request. A professional wedding planner in Greece informed me that in the past 6 months, she has hosted more than 30 micro-weddings. And more requests are still coming in.
Is a Micro-Wedding Right for You?
Do you prefer to spend more money on your wedding decorations or honeymoon? Then a micro-wedding could be the right trend for you to follow. The fewer the guests, the less you will spend on decoration, reception food, wedding drinks, and logistics amongst other things. And money aside, smaller weddings are quite intimate and eliminate all the fuss of dealing with large gatherings.
All in all, we can conclude that micro-weddings is a popular trend and it’s here to stay. It creates a middle ground between an intimate family gathering and a grand spectacle. Most people have realized that there is no need of hosting a large party for the sake of doing what’s popular. Instead, a smaller wedding does meet the needs of most couples. And it’s quiet, romantic, worry-free, luxurious and its budget is not going to leave a dent in your bank account.
And last but not least:
10 things you need to plan the perfect micro-wedding
source USA TODAY
1. Gorgeous wedding invitations
2. An alternative wedding gown
3. A portable, yet loud Bluetooth speaker
4. An alternate wedding venue
5. DIY flower arrangements
6. A super sentimental photo board display
7. Unique bridesmaid dresses
8. Single-serving desserts everyone will love
9. A mobile bar that brings food and booze
10. Customizable lawn games