It’s no secret - planning a traditional wedding is stressful, time-consuming, and expensive, leaving many couples financially strained as they start their married life together. But with the Covid outbreak seeing major cities across the globe enforcing restrictions on wedding sizes, a new trend has flourished - micro weddings!
The advantages of scaling back your special day to just your closest family and friends are myriad, not least when it comes to your bank balance. In this article, we’ll explain the “pros” of keeping your guest list to just your nearest and dearest and explain why micro weddings are set to stay, even once restrictions are lifted.
What is a micro wedding?
A micro wedding is basically a small and intimate celebration, with around 10 to 30 guests. It can still include all of the beautiful traditions you’ve come to know and love - the first kiss, a cake-cutting ceremony, and the bouquet toss - just on a much smaller scale.
Micro weddings in Chicago have soared in popularity over the last few months due to the social distancing requirements that have been enforced, and other major cities across the United States are no exception. For many couples, constantly rescheduling their wedding date with no certainty that it will be able to go ahead has left them wondering if it’s worth the wait.
Micro weddings are an easy way of overcoming this logistical nightmare and celebrating your love while sticking to the rules and keeping everyone safe.
A micro wedding will save you money
One of the biggest advantages of having a micro wedding is the reduced budget, with most venues setting their pricing on a per head basis. These days, wedding costs average over $30,000, which is a huge amount to save when you might also be trying to buy your first house together and/or start a family.
If you do have the money to spend, going the micro wedding route allows you to splurge on a more luxurious celebration that you might not have been able to afford with 150 or so on your guest list. Perhaps you splash out on more flowers, a glamorous venue, and high-end catering, or maybe you purchase the wedding dress you really want, no matter the price tag.
You can plan a destination wedding
When travel restrictions lift, a micro wedding is also the perfect option for couples who’ve always dreamed of getting married somewhere exotic. A destination wedding or elopement with a handful of those closest to you can double as an unforgettable vacation, whether it be on a Caribbean island or in the middle of a sprawling vineyard.
It will give you the opportunity to spend quality time with your guests over a long weekend and reflect on their role in your love story. Rather than feeling rushed to say “hello” to hundreds of people in the space of a few hours, you’ll be able to enjoy meaningful conversations with the most important people in your life on what is one of the most important days of your life.
Cutting down your guest list will be much easier
With large weddings, it can be difficult to know where to draw the line when it comes to inviting guests. There’s the extended family, childhood friends, and work colleagues, not to mention partners and “plus ones”. When you opt for a micro wedding, there’s no need to feel guilty about leaving anyone out as they’ll understand that you’ve consciously decided on an intimate celebration. It means you can plan the wedding on your own terms, without having to accommodate people you might hardly know, just to avoid stepping on anyone’s toes.
You’ll expand your venue options
While most large venues will accommodate smaller gatherings, it’s not the same the other way around. A micro wedding means you’ll have a far greater choice of venues, from luxury residences to boutique hotels and gourmet restaurants. With fewer guests squeezed into the venue, you’ll also have more freedom when it comes to capturing couple portraits and can use the opportunity to enjoy a romantic moment of solitude with your new spouse.
Micro weddings - a new era in matrimony
While small-scale weddings were increasing in popularity pre-Covid, the trend has accelerated due to the changing world we’re living in. Couples are discovering that they can still have their dream celebration (with the photographic evidence as proof) but without the stress and financial burden that traditional weddings have come to be associated with. It’s an opportunity to create more personalized moments for you and your guests during a day you’ll never forget.
Planning an intimate celebration at home or abroad? Micro Matrimony Chicago offers everything you need to plan your dream celebration.