As the costs of a large wedding become increasingly unmanageable, more and more couples are choosing micro weddings instead. This involves keeping the event to a much smaller scale, in order to reduce costs and create a more intimate celebration. Organizing for a micro wedding doesn’t mean you have to skimp on wedding party decorations, which are widely available at standout prices!
At PartyWorld we are experts in helping you make every occasion extra special. Here is our guide to planning a micro wedding.
What is a micro wedding?
A micro wedding is a celebration of the legal and romantic coming together of a couple, where there are fewer than 50 guests. Within that definition there is of course much scope for variation – from weddings with a 50 person party, to very intimate ceremonies involving only a handful of close friends and family.
What are the benefits of a micro wedding?
There are many reasons why a couple might choose to arrange a micro wedding.
Cost – When it comes to arranging a wedding, the costs can really pile up. From hiring a large venue to catering for guests at a certain price-per-head, the bigger the wedding party, the steeper the expense. For anyone on a budget, they will either have to compromise on what they can provide for their guests; or choose to have a smaller, but higher quality, event.
Intimacy – A wedding is one of the most significant days of someone’s life. It is a very personal experience, and couples may not feel comfortable sharing their most heart felt emotions with anyone other than their closest family and friends.
Simplicity – A smaller event is a lot more manageable. Many couples will be making all the arrangements themselves, and the less people there are to organise, the more they will be able to relax and enjoy their day.
Enjoyment – If you invite 200 people to your wedding, the chances of you managing to speak to all of them are minimal! Inviting less people means choosing quality over quantity – making meaningful memories with your nearest and dearest, rather than rushing through the day trying to see everyone you’ve ever known.
Flexibility – Smaller numbers also make things more flexible, which can really help when dealing with any unexpected surprises or minor disasters on the day!
Relaxation – the fewer guests, the less pressure on the wedding couple to entertain
Planning Tips For A Micro Wedding
Although keeping guest numbers down simplifies things considerably, couples planning a micro wedding still need to be well organised. Here are some top tips to consider.
Keep the numbers low – While this idea might seem appealing, it can be harder than you think to whittle your guest list. You might really want to catch up with that old school friend, but do you risk offending her by not inviting the new boyfriend who you hardly know? Your cousin wants to bring her children because she can’t find childcare, but then everyone will want to bring their kids. Remember – this is your day. If you don’t want to pay extra for someone to be there, don’t. Be honest with your guests, explain about costs and venue capacity, and make it clear exactly who is invited (and that plus ones or children aren’t implied!)
Find the right venue – This can be one of the hardest parts of wedding planning, but a micro wedding should open up more options, at a more affordable rate. Fewer guests could open up unusual options such as a garden wedding; a local cafe; a theatre venue; or even a boat party!
Find an officiant – The person who will perform the wedding ceremony is a key part of your event. Make sure it is someone who shares the same values as you and your partner. A micro wedding makes it easier to ask a close friend or family member to officiate for you.
Ditch the seating plan – Smaller numbers are perfect for creating a more relaxed vibe, and so you can feel free to abandon formal seating charts and let your guests mingle. It will be easy for everyone to get to know each other anyway!
Get personalised – With fewer people to cater for, you’ll be able to create some truly personal touches – think favours such as glasses with guests names engraved; napkins embroidered with guests initials; or even cupcakes iced with their initials! If you are a keen crafter, you’ll be able to create bespoke items for each of your guests to show how much you value them.
DIY décor – A smaller space makes getting crafty with the décor much more approachable. Think mason jars used as vases; flowers grown for the occasion by a keen gardener parent; paper chains and bunting liberally strewn around your space. PartyWorld supplies many decorative elements perfect for a DIY decoration session.
Cake! – With less people to feed, the chances are you could commission a home-baking friend to create something special for you. Yum!
A micro wedding is a wonderful chance for a couple to create a truly bespoke day, without compromising on quality or breaking the bank. With fewer guests, you will be able to concentrate on the special details to help you make memories that will last a lifetime.
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