I don’t believe there is a need to deep dive into the topic of how Covid-19 has effected the world. Furthermore how it has effected engaged couples and weddings. Most of the country (and the world) have laid out strict gathering limits that have seriously upended countless weddings. With such a burden, brides and grooms have made the hard decision to reschedule their wedding day, opt for eloping, or adhere to the restrictions and drastically minimize their wedding plans. Hence, the rise of Micro Weddings. We could include Elopements in there, but they were already becoming a popular option before Covid. However they have definitely increased in the past year.
A Micro Wedding is an intimate ceremony and celebration. Micro weddings usually only having about 25 guests, compared to 50-200 at a traditional wedding. You can do all of the same fun and traditional things as a larger wedding day but with much less people involved. And you know what else less people means? Less stress and less money! Cutting your guest list down from 100+ to 25 might be painful but when you remember it’s truly just about the two of you getting married, it makes you feel lighter. A Micro Wedding doesn’t feel any less like a wedding and doesn’t make you feel any less married. Which is the ultimate goal, right?
I feel like this isn’t discussed often outside of wedding professionals. An Elopement is typically just the bride and groom, an officiant, and maybe up to ten other people. Those people include the officiant and any of their closest friends and family. An elopement can be done at the courthouse or on top of a mountain, at the beach, in the forest, etc. Really, the locations and options are endless. There is also usually not a traditional reception afterwards. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a celebration, but with 10 or less people it is definitely far from today’s expectations of a reception. A Micro Wedding follows more of the traditional wedding events, but with a lot less people.
As discussed, a micro wedding allows you to still have your planned dream wedding during the pandemic. But, there are several other pro’s to having such an intimate ceremony and celebration.
If you shed everyone else’s expectations of how your wedding day should be, the day ultimately becomes all about your marriage. The small guest count also allows you to enjoy those guests’ company more fully. Having more time to enjoy yourselves also gives you and your new hubby/wifey extra time to bask in each other’s love and really soak up your wedding day.
There is something so satisfying about beating the “odds” and not letting the universe chew you up and spit you back out. Of course, that doesn’t mean ignoring the health concerns of a pandemic. Rather, molding to the precautions and still come out winning and married!
With less guests you have less limitations! That means more freedom in where you get married and how. It may be more difficult for a destination wedding currently, but you still have more options in where to get married with a small number of guests. With less guests you also have less mouths to feed, entertain, and seat. That already allows you to either spend that portion of the budget on more fun or important things. And now, you aren’t limited to as many people’s preferences. (Aka less stress for expectations!)
Imagine getting married in the mountains at a big cabin or a cute little venue perfect for those intimate vibes.
Check out my blog post How Elopements Can Save You Money and my pinterest board Elopements + Adventurous Weddings
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