While smaller weddings have been an up-and-coming trend for a few years now, many are wondering if these more intimate celebrations will become the norm because there’s no clear end in sight for social distancing rules due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
With so many unknowns still for the future of weddings, now is the time for shifting your focus to a small or intimate gathering. You absolutely deserve to celebrate the beginning of your marriage journey, but it’s time to rethink the format.
In this blog post, I am going to focus on weddings where everything feels intimate. I’m here to tell you more about the joys of a small wedding and the steps you can take to begin planning yours today. These more-intimate weddings, while smaller in attendance, can still be magnificent events – sometimes even more so than a large-scale fête.
What is a micro wedding?
A micro wedding is defined as anything that is 50 guests or less. These small gatherings offer a special kind of intimacy.
When you keep it small and low key, you can create a more luxe, personal experience for your guests. The guest experience is often richer with smaller parties, as the couple is able to spend quality time with everyone. Think about how the day will unfold, and all the touches that can be added to make it feel exclusive and special, that a bigger wedding party might not be able to achieve.
The Guest List
Possibly the most important part of wedding planning is who to invite. With an intimate wedding, this means your nearest and dearest, which in some ways may be easier to decide.
Gorgeous Invitation Suites
While many couples choose to go the inexpensive route when it comes to invites, there is something to be said about gorgeous couture invitation suites that have been custom-designed for a couple and feature stylish elements and details that none of your guests will want to throw away. These works of art are more expensive, of course, but with a smaller guest list, you’ll have fewer to send out, making the investment appealing to even those with a tight budget.
There’s something irresistible about one-stop shops. Who can argue with the convenience of getting multiple things you need all in one place? That’s exactly what a hotel suite provides: Have the small ceremony, the intimate reception, and the honeymoon all in the same location with a hotel wedding. Yes, it’s an efficient option, but it can also be pretty amazing if you pick a decadent room or penthouse.
Family Style Seating
Instead of placing your guests at various tables throughout the reception venue, consider having everyone sit at one, long table. This will make the space feel more intimate and as though your loved ones are attending a high-end dinner party.
A list of attendees also means you won’t be spending as much on alcohol, so make the drinks memorable for those in attendance. Instead of wine, beer, and well drinks plus a signature cocktail, purchase top-shelf liquor and hire mixologists to craft custom cocktails for your guests based on their preferred ingredients and flavor profiles.
Focus on the Cuisine
Food and beverage can be some of the most expensive elements of planning a wedding, so with a smaller guest list, you have the opportunity to create a menu that no one will soon forget. Instead of a salad plus choice of entrée, serve a five-course gourmet meal that focuses on delectable flavors, locally sourced ingredients, and wine or cocktail pairings.
With fewer tables to dress, you can truly create centerpieces of art. You could craft a magnificent floral chandelier, have a flower wall as your ceremony backdrop, floral runner or any number of high-priced décor elements that you may not have been able to consider if you were decorating 20 tables.
With all that’s going on in the world, we can be reminded that life is short, but love lasts forever. Let’s get you lovebirds married! Your marriage is still cause for celebration, even if it has to look a little different. As a seasoned Dallas wedding planner, I’m here to help you plan an intimate wedding that is still full of joy. That’s why we offer high-touch, customizable micro wedding packages for couples who won’t let a big speed bump get in the way of their Big Day. Schedule your consultation today—and then get ready to celebrate (we’ll pop a bottle of champagne in the post to you).