Well, 2020 has taken the wedding world on quite a journey! The arrival of COVID-19 and all the restrictions that have followed have left the wedding industry spinning. More and more 2020 couples have had to regroup, take a new approach, and change the course of their original wedding day plans. The answer for many of them has become planning a Micro Wedding. A Micro Wedding is defined as anything that is 30 guests or less. They are still very similar to a traditional wedding, just on a smaller scale.
Micro Weddings are as special and celebratory as larger celebrations. Today, I’m going to walk you through some wedding tips and ideas to ensure that your Micro Wedding planning experience is stress-free and thoughtful.
Planning A Micro Wedding
The Guest List.
Narrow down your guest list. Consider inviting only your closest friends and family members for your intimate affair. Your friends and family will understand the difficult circumstances involved in making the guests list.
Consider the Venue.
With a smaller guest count, the sky is the limit for options to have your smaller event. You can always opt for a traditional wedding venue but restaurants, hotels, and family homes are all great options.
Livestream Your Wedding.
Livestreaming your wedding day is a great solution to include friends and family who couldn’t attend in person. There are several ways to go about this.
- Cell phone. The easiest but not necessarily the best quality. This is where sound quality can suffer. The farther away from the phone microphone the harder it will be for at-home guests to hear.
- Facebook. Create a separate event page on Facebook and live stream your event. Again, there can be a sound quality issue with this method.
- Hire a professional. Yep, hire a professional to set up picture-perfect video and sound quality for everyone to thoroughly enjoy the experience from home.
With fewer people on the guest list, you can use the extra money to really splurge on the details that matter most to you.
- Buy that dress you really wanted.
- Upgrade your florals and go all out on your bouquet and centerpieces.
- Go all out on the food. Consider a long intimate table for all your guests to sit together and enjoy a great meal and good conversation.
- Hire a live musician, string quartet, or live band to entertain your guests during dinner and afterward while mingling.
- Upgrade on the place settings.
- Splurge on the paper goods. Take into consideration handmade and hand-lettered invitations, place cards, and menus.
Don’t Skip Tradition.
Even with a smaller wedding, you can still include the traditional components of cake cutting, toasts, and first dances! Do you have cultural customs that are traditional? Don’t forget to include those special traditions.
Create a Wedding Day Timeline.
So much time and planning go into the details of your wedding day and it’s important to have a framework to orchestrate the flow of the day. Creating a good timeline should still include all the parts of the day from getting ready photos to the last dance at the end of the night.
Hire a Professional Photographer.
I mean, you didn’t think I was going to leave this out, did you…wink, wink? But, seriously, don’t give the job to Uncle Johnny. Hire a professional to document your day, your guests, the emotions, and all the details.
There you have it! I hope these tips and ideas get you thinking about all the ways to make planning a Micro Wedding a wonderful event.
I have a limited number of fall/winter 2020 and Spring 2021 dates left. If you’re planning a wedding, I’d love to chat with you. Contact me HERE and let’s start the conversation!
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