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What Is A Micro Wedding & Why Might You Have One?

So what is a micro wedding I hear you ask!

A micro wedding is typically a wedding which contains 50 guests or less and is not to be confused with a small wedding or elopement.

Well, what’s the difference between a micro wedding, a small wedding and an elopement then?

A very good question!

Now the difference between a small wedding and a micro wedding does seem to vary depending on who you talk to! Not at all helpful, I know.

A micro wedding traditionally involves no more than 50 guests, where as a small or intimate wedding is based around an even smaller guest count (20 or less). A small wedding might also follow less traditions or formalities (however this is not always the case). For instance, couples may veto a cake cut and first dance. Or opt for a less formal sit down wedding breakfast and instead have a family style bbq. Some would suggest a small wedding is all about the ceremony and marriage commitment rather than the ‘extra’ details.

Whereas the definition of an elopement wedding is “to run away secretly in order to get married”. A marriage which consists of the two of you, plus a select few witnesses, these may be people very close to you or people you’ve never even met before. Most couples who elope tend to pick a location away from their family home, somewhere meaningful to them as a couple. An elopement can be seen as a ‘hassle free’ way to tie the knot, without the pressures and expectations from family and friends.

5 Reasons You Might Consider Having A Micro Wedding

Micro weddings are definitely not to be seen as micro in any way other than the guest count. They often contain the same fundamentals and traditions as a larger wedding. With some arguing that micro weddings allow you to tailor and personalise your wedding to your guests, providing a more bespoke day. This is mostly due to couples allocating a similar budget for a wedding of 100 to their wedding of 50. This results in a larger budget to spend on elements such as personalised decor, fine dining and luxury drink offerings. 

1. Share your special day with your nearest & dearest only!

As you have decided to focus on a smaller guest list it’s important that the people you do invite are your most nearest & dearest only.

Don’t get sucked into the whirlpool of plus ones, work colleagues and family friends. Having a micro wedding is all about spending the most personal and special day of your lives with your favourite people.

Make it clear from the outset that you intend on having a micro wedding so hopefully no one will be left confused as to why they haven’t been invited.

2. Get creative

A whole host of different venues will become available due to your reduced guest list.

This may even include places which feel more personal to you as a couple, such as your favourite restaurant, art gallery or museum or even your own back garden!

See this as the perfect opportunity to go off piste. Select a venue which may not traditionally be seen as a wedding venue or one others may have to rule out due to guest numbers. It’s another way to create a day truly unique to you, your partner and your lovely guests.

3. Lets talk food & drink

A lot of couples who decide to opt for a micro wedding do so, so they can spoil their guests (and themselves). Think about it, it is the perfect opportunity to go all out and select the finest quality food and drink possible.

With more money to spend per head, as well as more time to spend with your guests, what better way to do so than sipping your favourite cocktails or tucking into a delicious 5 course taster menu?

Why not look to allocate a greater proportion of time to your drinks reception and wedding breakfast. This will create a more relaxed atmosphere, allowing you and your guests to enjoy the day rather than feeling as though you are rushing from one thing straight to the next.

You could opt for a specialist bar offering a bespoke cocktail and champagne menu. You could look into creating a tasting menu with wine pairing, prepared by your own Michelin starred chef. Whatever it might be, make sure it adds a ‘wow’ and excitement to your day. Make it a talking point for all of your guests. It’s the perfect opportunity to create something you might not find at a larger scale wedding.

Top Tip

Whatever you do though, don’t forget about the importance of ambience!

Your luxury dining experience won’t feel so luxury when there’s no background music. Music helps to set the tone, so think about what you’re trying to achieve and make sure your choice in musician or band reflects this.

Do also make sure to think about how your entertainment will transition from day to evening. Do you want something more lively in the evening to get guests up partying? Or are your guests the type to sit and chat all evening long? As you’ve only invited your very nearest and dearest you know them well, so pitch your entertainment at what you know they’ll enjoy.

4. It’s all about the details

Go all out with the finer details and personal touches. Source suppliers who focus on creating bespoke and personalised items, rather than mass produced ones.

Do something different with your favours. Instead of offering guests a foil wrapped chocolate, why not have a local chocolatier make each guest a box of beautiful hand painted chocolates.

Alternatively, why not look to have each of your guest’s names hand embroidered on each napkin. Not only will this add a beautiful finish to your place settings, but it will be a lovely keepsake for each of your guest.

Don’t underestimate the importance of these little touches, your guests will really appreciate the extra effort and time you have gone to.

Things To Consider

Why not go one step further and hire items such as charger plates, coloured glassware and luxe table linens. Decorative details when combined make one hell of a statement.

5. Quality time

For some, larger scales weddings can almost feel overwhelming. Some couples see it as a way to celebrate in the company of everyone they know and love, whereas others find the concept completely stressful.

For couples worrying about how much quality time they will be able to spend with their guests and each other, a micro wedding might just be the answer.

A micro wedding means fewer guests, so in theory more time to spend with each one. Time to chat, grab a drink and to take a moment out just the two of you. As a result, you could argue that you spend less time entertaining and more time celebrating. Sounds like the perfect solution to me.

Top Tip

Whatever you do, don’t forget to hire a photographer to capture your day.

You’ve gone to every effort to create a highly personalised and meaningful wedding, filled to the brim with love, happiness and your favourite people.

So make sure you have these special moments documented for you and your guests to look back on for many years to come.

Hopefully, that helps to eliminate the confusion around what a micro wedding is and provides some interesting pointers on why it may just be the best idea for you and your unique day.

However, as you can see, reducing your guest count doesn’t necessarily reduce the amount of thought, effort or planning that goes into organising a micro wedding.

For more tips and advice on how to create your perfect day then do get in touch.

Image Credits – Phoebe Jane Photography / Wynn Davies Photography / Ivy Alice Stationery / Charlotte’s Floral Design / The Whimsical Cake Company / Denton Hall / The Beverley Barn / Hannah Rachael Weddings

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Help! Where Do I Find Inspiration For My Wedding?

Now lets just be honest, lockdown is not easy and is definitely not what you needed to contend with when planning one of the happiest days of your life. It probably feels like this pandemic has sucked all of the fun and enjoyment out of your wedding planning and any plans you had to look forward to. So that’s why it’s crucial we put a stop to this now and help you get back to your love of all things weddings! I hope that my list of all things wedding planning gets you back on track to planning a day like no other.

Now where to start?

It can seem like you’ve lost your train of thought, or can’t remember where you got up to on your list of plans and that’s absolutely normal, especially after you’ve taken a break from planning. So I’ve broken down a guide of easy and quick ways in which you can start to gather a wide range of imagery/inspiration/supplier information/top tips & more to help you through the next steps in your planning.

Instagram

Instagram is a great place to get to know different suppliers from all over the world. So, no matter where you are planning your big day from, it is the perfect tool for getting to know an array of venues, photographers, make-up artists and more!

Instagram is one of the best platforms for industry professionals to showcase not only their work, but personality and experience too. Making it an ideal place for getting to know your suppliers before you go ahead and hire them.

Start by taking some time to look over their profile, stories and any past work or styled shoots they’ve been a part of. Make sure to look over their captions and comments too. It’s also a good idea to click the link to their website. This will give you more information on the company, their services and pricing.

Also don’t be shy! Make sure to follow them, like and comment on their posts and join in their lives. The more you interact with them, the quicker you will get to know if you like their style and the work they produce. Have a look at who they follow and the people they work with. There may be an opportunity for them to recommend other suppliers too. Helping you to build on the style and feel of your wedding by having suppliers with a similar aesthetic.

Use Instagram as a resource for building a picture of who they are. Don’t forget, you spend a lot of time with each of your suppliers, so it’s important you like them just as much as you like their work.

Facebook

Facebook is a great tool when planning your big day. It’s an easy way to interact with suppliers, speak to other couples and to ask for recommendations.

One of the greatest advantages Facebook has over Instagram, is that it allows groups and forums. The perfect place for you to liaise with industry professionals and ask all of your burning questions from the comfort of your sofa. There are loads of these groups and forums on Facebook created by suppliers, bloggers and industry professionals, purely to help you when planning your big day. You want to find groups which aren’t just full of suppliers looking to sell to you.

So here’s the list of my favorite groups, forums and pages. Think of these as an unlimited amount of advice all in one place. A little gem of a resource if you ask me.

Brides Up North

Weddings and Brides 2020, 2021 & 2022

You & Your Wedding

Brides

Unveiled Magazine

Hannah Rachael Weddings

Pinterest

Now where to start with Pinterest, this is one of the quickest sources of visual inspiration out there. Providing you with a wealth of imagery. Covering all aspects of weddings from table settings, colour palettes, wedding dress inspiration, lawn games and so much more. If you can think it, believe me it will have a whole host examples to show you.

You can create an infinite amount of boards where you can store all of the images you find. Another great way to start to narrow down your likes and dislikes early in your wedding planning. This is definitely an app I recommend you installing as soon as you get engaged.

Top Tip

Share your boards with suppliers. This helps them to visualise and translate the ideas in your head.

Create a board containing your favourite 10 images. This way it makes it easier for them to picture the aesthetic you want to achieve for your day.

Magazines

Now I love having a magazine to flick through. For me there really is nothing better than having a glossy magazine or file packed with cutouts sitting on your coffee table full of inspiration. However, if you collect loads (like I do) then be mindful that not everything will relate to you and your day. Instead why not look for local wedding magazines which feature topics and suppliers closer to your chosen wedding location.

There is no denying, magazines are a great way to start your planning process and provide a great source of initial research.

Blog Posts

You will find an abundance of blog posts online and one of my favorite topics has to be styled shoots. They are a brilliant way to draw inspiration for your big day. Providing an insight into different types of venues, how they can be styled, as well as tips on how to translate the latest wedding trends.

You will find an array of styled shoots on websites such as Brides Up North, Unveiled Magazine, Love My Dress and Rock My Wedding. Make sure to look out for the details of who created them. You can then go on to research these suppliers, finding out more about how they could help bring your day to life.

You can then even go back onto Pinterest and start creating boards based on the styled shoots you loved.

Podcasts

This has to be one of the easiest ways to gain invaluable tips and tricks for planning your day. Topics might be chosen by couples, be focused around a popular question or based on a new trend. The beauty is, you don’t have to listen to each podcast in order. You can pick and choose which topics or discussions relate most to you. With a typical podcast being 30 minutes – 1 hour & 30 minutes long, they are the perfect way to get some wedding planning in during your commute to work or lunch break.

Shedding light on topics you probably don’t want to, or don’t know how to, discuss with your family and friends. Providing real life examples, tips and tricks to help you tackle some of the most stressful planning decisions.

If you’re keen to get listening then here are my all time favorite planning podcasts. Once you’ve listed to one you won’t be able to stop.

Rock My Wedding

One Fab Day

Put A Ring On It

Top Tip

Find one you can relate to. There is no point listening to someone advising how to plan a destination wedding when you are getting married in your back garden in Yorkshire.

Also, If you can’t stand the speaker’s voice then you are hardly going to want to listen to them for an hour, just something to bare in mind.

Happy Planning

I really do hope my little guide to wedding planning has given you the nudge needed to get back into your excited planning place. Unfortunately, I can’t answer the most pressing question and explain exactly when we will be back to throwing amazing weddings. However, I can promise it will happen and it will be worth the wait.

Useful Links

Facebook

Instagram

Pinterest

Brides Up North

Unveiled Magazine

Don’t forget if you’re ever struggling with the next steps in your planning or just want someone to talk through your ideas with, I’m always happy to help.

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