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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many couples were looking to have a more intimate wedding day. But now with guest count restrictions and uncertainty about when things will go back to normal, a growing number of brides and grooms are choosing to have a micro wedding so they can still have their special day while meeting any necessary guidelines.
This type of event has all of the traditional elements of a wedding—ceremony and reception—but on a much smaller scale, with no more than 50 guests.
A minimony is a super small ceremony with only your loved ones in attendance (think both sets of parents and any siblings). You would then hold your reception at a later time.
With a micro wedding, you can think out-of-the-box when it comes to selecting your venue. “Places like co-working offices, restaurants, and retail stores could host your tiny wedding. It’s a win-win: You get a one-of-a-kind venue and they get additional revenue they need right now,” says Gretchen Culver of Minne Weddings.
Not only will you want to look at the video one day, but family and friends unable to attend might also want to watch your vows.
The smaller number of guests means that you have more room for showstopping décor, such as lush floral installations, interactive stations, or beautiful tablescapes, says Eddie Zaratsian of Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle & Design.
Having a small wedding really is the perfect time to DIY certain elements of your big day, explains Joan Wyndrum of Blooms by the Box. Not only can it save money, but it will also help bring your personalities to life.
Laura Maddox of Magnolia Celebrates suggests finding a planner who will bring just one helper, a photographer that shoots by themself or just with one other person, a smaller band, etc. “The idea here is to make sure your vendors in attendance are not higher than your guest count. This makes your wedding day begin to feel like more of a production and less of an intimate gathering.”
Think entertainment, luxurious food and beverage, an open bar, late-night surprises for your guests, and more. “Since there’s quite a lower guest list, you’ll want to have your family and friends enjoy themselves and the celebration as much as possible,” says Zaratsian.
A micro wedding is the perfect event to showcase your personalities and couple style, says Janice Carnevale of Bellwether Events. Examples: Toast with an Old Fashioned instead of bubbly or complete your meal with pie and ice cream instead of cake.
Opting for a micro wedding means downsizing everything, which can include the bridesmaids and groomsmen, explains Wyndrum. There will be ways to include the most important people in your big day.
Just because this is a smaller wedding doesn’t mean you should skimp on the attire. So wear the tux or suit of your choice because this is your special day!
Ready to start planning your own micro wedding? Don’t forget that Generation Tux always offers Free Swatches, a Free Home Try-On delivered to the Groom, and suit and tuxedo rentals to your entire wedding party 14 days before an event.