At One Curious Dream, our team of professional wedding planners are so privileged to plan a wide range of weddings for couples getting married across London, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge and Essex, as well as further afield throughout the UK.
The weddings we plan and design range from huge, extravagant weekend wedding affairs through to smaller, more intimate weddings which are equally as fabulous! We’re incredibly fortunate to be hired as a wedding planner by so many different, diverse couples and the range of weddings we plan certainly keeps us on our feet!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock these last few months, it will come as no surprise that COVID-19 has had a significant effect on weddings in general. At one Curious Dream, the vast majority of our 2020 weddings have been postponed to 2021 and beyond, so the summer certainly looks very different for our wedding planners this year! However, with restrictions slowly starting to ease across the UK, we’re expecting weddings of a smaller size to be permitted, so behold the rise of the micro wedding!
In this mini-series, we’ll be sharing more information about micro weddings which are essentially the perfect option for couples who wish to plan a smaller wedding with less than 40 guests. We’ll be looking at the pros and cons of planning a micro wedding and sharing lots of wedding planning advice which is perfect for couples who wish to plan a smaller wedding. Today, we’ll clue you up on what a micro wedding is, and share a couple of the major plus points of planning a smaller, more intimate wedding.
So, what is a micro wedding?
A micro wedding may follow a very similar pattern to a larger wedding, so there will generally be a ceremony, followed by a meal and quite often, evening entertainment. Couples planning a micro wedding may not keep all of the traditional features of a wedding, for example, a cake cut or bouquet toss and that’s a-ok with us – we believe in planning your wedding, your way!
However, it’s likely that couples may still want to retain some of the elements from a larger wedding, for example, having a first dance and/or wedding speeches. How you choose to plan a micro wedding is entirely up to you, but many couples choose a micro wedding so that they can host a beautifully relaxed celebration. However, don’t let this fool you! In fact, a smaller wedding can still feel substantial and lavish if that’s what you’re aiming to achieve!
What are the benefits of planning a micro wedding?
One of the key benefits when planning a micro wedding is the potential wedding budget savings. Planning a smaller wedding with a lower guest count will naturally decrease the funds required to produce your wedding, mainly as many venues and suppliers will charge on a per-person basis.
Many One Curious Dream couples have chosen to host smaller, micro weddings but still wish to create a luxurious, quality experience for their wedding guests. For example, one of our 2019 couples hosted an incredible celebration for just 16 guests in a beautiful house on the North Norfolk coast. Rather than opting for a traditional 3-course wedding breakfast, this couple chose a 10-course tasting menu with locally sourced, luxury produce and fine wines to spoil their wedding guests!
Of course, you don’t have to choose a wedding breakfast (or any element of your wedding!) that’s quite this lavish, but having a lower wedding guest count will certainly open up more options.
The wedding planning stages
Planning a micro wedding can feel much more relaxed than planning a large wedding. Having let go of some of the traditional wedding elements, you can focus your attention on the aspects of your wedding, which are most important to you both, rather than just ‘ticking the boxes’. It generally means the wedding planning process is more relaxed and that you can enjoy planning your wedding! Of course, hiring a wedding planner with specialist experience in micro weddings will undoubtedly help ease any wedding planning worries!
More time with your guests!
A common concern from couples planning a larger wedding is that they won’t get as much time with each wedding guest as they are hoping – not good! There are essentially two ways to combat this – the first is to go bigger and plan an extended wedding celebration (our weekend wedding planning service is perfect for this), or, go smaller and plan a micro wedding. By hosting a micro wedding with a lower guest count, you’ll undoubtedly have more time to spend with your nearest and dearest.
Later this week, we’ll be looking at more pros, and a couple of disadvantages to planning a micro wedding, so watch this space! In the meantime, if you’re thinking of planning a smaller wedding or are interested in hiring a wedding planner, we’d love to hear from you!
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