So, do you want to plan a micro wedding? Or maybe you just want to plan a WEDDING. And you may have heard the term “micro-wedding” being tossed around on Pinterest and by wedding professionals. We actually caught the trend before the pandemic, but if anything in the wedding world went from trend to staple in 2020, it’s the intimate version of the big day.
What is a micro wedding?
A micro-wedding is everything you’d expect from a traditional wedding, but smaller. We are mainly talking about the guest list – any amount of 10, 20, 30 guests can be considered a micro-wedding.
Aside from a smaller guest list, the ceremony and reception area will most likely be smaller to accommodate guests. However, expect the venues to spin with the times like everyone else! Larger event rooms can get creative and create vignettes and more cozy rooms. All in all, it is worth asking when you have your heart set on a room.
How do you have a micro wedding?
Planning a micro-wedding may be easier than you think. Focusing on what is most important to you and your partner will increase focus in your decisions.
The biggest challenge in planning a micro-wedding is narrowing down your guest list – and helping those who may not be invited to understand why. If you’ve already sent out invitations and no longer need to invite guests, we have tips for you.
Why a micro wedding?
Aside from the obvious advantage of small gatherings in our “current climate,” an intimate wedding opens up a world of possibilities.
First, you can save money. The first way to reduce your wedding budget is to invite a smaller number of people.
Second, you can get pampered where you normally wouldn’t (and still save money). What is most important to you Maybe hire some live musicians instead of playing a track. Or you can opt for a 5-course menu prepared by the in-house chef for your group of 10. Support small businesses like local florists. Go micro with the guests, but macro with the decor.
Third, when you don’t have to host a large group of people, the venues really open up. Homes, backyards and places that were not traditionally built for events can be outfitted for a super unique + gorgeous intimate wedding.
What are the best micro wedding ideas?
Boy do we have a list for you We took inspiration from some of our all-time favorite weddings, and inspired how real couples and salespeople brought their micro-wedding ideas to life. We also have many more resources for you here at GWS:
If you need ideas for setting up:
27 breathtaking decoration ideas for your micro wedding
For information + inspiration through a designed intimate wedding:
Trending now: Micro Weddings + Why we love them!
And for everything we’ve ever written about micro-weddings, from real couples to styled shoots to tutorials and more inspiration, Here is our entire micro-wedding collection.
Share your vows in the desert + dine at home
Kerra + Kevin decided to get married on their original wedding date and save the big party for later:
Now all we can say about planning a wedding is, do what makes you and your significant other happy. For us it was getting married with just a few family members and postponing our big wedding until next year. We went out of our way to make our micro-wedding special and it was well worth it. We couldn’t be happier with our decision!
Planning, custom installation, stationery, reception Photo: Kcidy Design // Photographer: Sarah Valencia // Chair + table rental: Colorado Party Rentals // Flowers: Megan Lightfoot // Napkins: Borrowed Blu
Enjoy a romantic reception with sparkling lights
There is no doubt that a dinner at the reception under a canopy of twinkling lights is a dream scenario. And it’s just perfect for a smaller crowd! We love that this idea can work if you are planning your wedding in a backyard or in the open field – somewhere that normally doesn’t have any events. (Just bring a generator!)
Design + Decor: Finesse Decor Company // Photography: Amrit Photography // Flower Pattern: Da Fiori Design // Videography: Emerald Films // Planner: Always and forever wedding // Venue: Fraser River Lodge // Hair + make-up: Denise Đinh // Reception dress: Luxx Nova // Reception suit: Givenchy by Holt Renfrew // Ribbons: Cfleursdesign // Guest roof: Natural Oasis Events // Chairs: Custom-made decor // Rustic tables: Woodpecker tables // Invitations + calligraphy: Ayla Peña // Cake: Cake from Nicole
Bring some color to the back yard
Jess and Steve’s micro-wedding took place in Topanga Canyon. They rented a beautiful property for their six closest friends and hosted a virtual ceremony for more than 100 people at the Inn of the Seventh Ray. Jessica is a graphic designer and has designed all the paper goods and table decorations herself. She was very inspired by fall colors, dried flowers and disco balls. (She even made this terracotta vase herself!) Bonjour Fete made a balloon installation in the rental house and everyone enjoyed an evening with tacos under the trees.
Photo: Mary Costa Photography // Venue: Inn of the Seventh Ray // Hair + make-up: Angeleno Beauty // Cake: Sweet Art Bakeshop Paper goods + dried flowers: Jessica Kucinskas (bride) // Balloon installation: Bonjour Fete // Wedding dress : Lunella from Willowby via BHLDN // Groom suit: Herrenanzug Outlet
Escape to a winery
Workshop + Photography: Tobias Tumac Photography Location: Weingut & Vinothek Mussler Hair + Make-up: Elena Cardella Make-up Couple: @adiundlina Flowers: Tina Bergmann Dress + Suit: AMABILIS Wedding Rents: Weds Decoration Rental Service Paper: Avecarta Wooden Boxes: Meine-Holzbox
Make it familiar
Cindy + Mike planned a micro wedding with a focus on the dinner party:
We originally planned a bigger, more traditional wedding, but it just didn’t align with our personalities and priorities. Overall, we wanted a day that was reserved, romantic, cozy and inclusive. As we approached a dinner party rather than an orchestrated wedding reception, we had the freedom to truly enjoy and connect with each of our guests. We were also sure of finding ways for both of us to be alone and just enjoy the significance of the day.
You can find the full wedding here:
A garden micro-wedding with just 30 guests and some of the most stunning flowers + personal details
Photography: With Love and Glow // Venue: Terrain at Styers, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania // Flowers: A Cottage Gardener
Transform a greenhouse
Photos + design: Mindy Weiss
Get out of the city and head to the ocean at sunset
Brandon + Chyna hosted an intimate trip for close friends:
While the wedding day was upon us, we made the journey through our guests, who had traveled so far to be with us. Our top priority was making sure everyone was having a great time! We had a three day celebration with 17 of our best friends and family. We hosted a welcome pool party, 16-flight wine tasting, and a sunset cruise. Although many of our guests met for the first time, all of them left as friends – there was so much love, laughter + memories!
You can find the full wedding here:
Dusty Rose Romance for this intimate pampa wedding in Santorini
Photography: Lighthouse Photography // Venue: Fanari Villas Santorini, Oia, Santorini, Greece // Event design + planning: Julia & Evita // Flowers: Betty Flowers Santorini
Travel to a national park
Emma + Andrew wanted an intimate day that really felt like them:
We have poured aspects of ourselves into them that reflect who we are. It was very important to us how it felt instead of doing a show or performance. We chose food from places we traveled together. We had our first dance under a lantern from Morocco, one of our favorite places. Our inspiration was all about the feeling of everything and the attention to the details that made it feel like us.
You can find the full wedding here:
On top of the world: An intimate wedding at Glacier Point
Photography: Anni Graham // Name of the venue: Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park // Flowers: Blushing Blooms Creative // Wedding dress: Rue de Seine