For regular Weddings by One Curious Dream blog readers, you’ll know that we’ve been running a mini-series all about planning a smaller wedding, also known as a micro wedding.
A micro wedding is a perfect option for couples who wish to plan a wedding which is more intimate and smaller in size. At One Curious Dream, we class a micro wedding as a wedding which has less than 50 wedding guests, though do be aware that the definition of a micro wedding varies significantly throughout the wedding industry.
We’ve already shared some top wedding planning advice for couples wishing to plan a smaller wedding (you can check these out in our earlier wedding blog posts), but today, we’re talking to couples who have decided that planning a micro wedding is the right decision for them! So, here are our top five tips to get your wedding planning off to a great start!
- Define the guestlist
This one is incredibly important! It’s safe to say that having a smaller micro wedding isn’t the right option for all couples who are planning a wedding. So, the starting point is to create your guest list and check that you have under 50 guests, to begin with.
When you’re creating your wedding guest list, it’s important to include everybody who is a must-attend guest. If once you’ve compiled your initial guest list, you have more then 50 guests, a micro wedding might not be quite the right fit for you and this may well alter the direction your initial wedding plans take. If, however, you can comfortably say that your guest list is a little smaller, than a micro wedding seems like the perfect choice for you!
It’s quite possible that if you’re planning a micro wedding, you may we have a smaller budget to work with. Therefore, it’s incredibly important to prioritise the key elements that are important to both of you. Lots of couples choose to lose many of the traditions surrounding a larger wedding, so this may mean that your wedding budget can be more focused on your priority areas.
Start by discussing and then writing a list of the five key things that are non-negotiable – for example, enjoying fantastic food, being able to accommodate all of your guests at the wedding venue or even having the most amazing live band could all be essential aspects.
Choose your venue
Exercise caution here! Many traditional wedding venues will confirm that they are happy to host a micro wedding; however, there’s every possibility, depending on the venue size, that you and your guests could look a little lost in the space!
If the venue generally hosts weddings for 100 plus people and you’re planning only to have 50, it’s essential to chat with the wedding venue to find out more about the best use of space. Do ask them how they manage smaller weddings and ensure you communicate regularly as you plan your wedding.
Remember also, that even though you’re hosting a smaller micro wedding, you will still want to host your reception at a wedding venue where you create an amazing atmosphere and ambience. There are many incredible wedding venues out there who specialise in more intimate, smaller weddings, so they may well be a good starting point.
Hire a wedding planner!
We’re (obviously) biased with this one, BUT, even if you are planning a smaller wedding, a wedding planner is still going to ensure you have a stress-free planning experience! Not only will we help you find your dream micro wedding venue, but we’ll also assemble a dream team of suppliers to help bring your vision to life, all whilst saving you time, worry and money!
The truth is, a top wedding planner will have a ton of experience of creating beautifully intimate weddings and will share their knowledge and experience to plan the wedding from your wildest dreams!
If you’d like to chat through the plans for your micro wedding, we’d love to hear from you! You can reach us on 0800 772 0765 or firstname.lastname@example.org.