It’s safe to say COVID-19 has changed the way we think about weddings. With stricter rules around guest numbers (at the moment) and venue capacities, we are especially noticing a shift away from big, traditional parties to smaller, more intimate affairs. Enter: the micro-wedding!
Micro-weddings are a beautiful way to celebrate your marriage alongside your closest friends and family. And as a bonus, they can also be a less stressful option if you’re planning your wedding during right now.
Not sure if a micro-wedding is right for you? Keep reading as we explain the benefits of a micro-wedding, and also the downsides of planning a more intimate wedding.
Would you love a Micro-Wedding?
You can still enjoy your big day without inviting a large party of guests. In fact, there could be many benefits to a smaller and more intimate micro-wedding. Below are just a few of the pros and cons to a small intimate wedding to help you decide whether it’s the right option for you.
Small weddings are budget friendly
Less guests means less food and booze to supply and the potential to opt for a smaller venue. It could allow you to spend a lot less on your wedding – which could be essential if you’re planning a wedding on a tight budget.
You can spend more on the details
Not having as many expenses to worry about could allow you to spend more on the little details. When booking a wedding caterer, it could allow you to opt for more luxurious food and drink options. You may be able to justify spending more on decorations and you may be able to opt for a more impressive cake. It could even allow you to splash out more money on your wedding dress, hair and make up.
You have more flexibility when it comes to venues
When hosting a big wedding, you’re likely to be limited to a few big venues. A small micro-wedding opens up many more options. It could allow you to look into venues with capacity restrictions such as historic buildings, roof terraces, small churches or even your own back-garden!
You get to spend more time with each guest
A small circle of guests ensures that you’re able to spend more time with each guest. With large weddings, it can all be a bit of a blur – you may constantly be greeting and thanking people without being able to spend quality time with any of them. Consequently, smaller weddings tend to have a warmer atmosphere.
You won’t have to worry about pandemic restrictions
The pandemic has forced many couples to have small weddings – some venues and localised areas have put special restrictions in place preventing large gatherings. By having a small wedding, it could allow you to get married sooner without having to worry about possible restrictions.
You could upset family and friends that aren’t invited
One of the biggest downsides to a smaller micro-wedding is the fact that certain family and friends may be made upset if they are not invited. Deciding upon a small guest list can be difficult if you have a large family or lots of friends. Even if friends and family don’t express their disappointment in not getting invited, you may still feel a sense of guilt in not inviting certain people.
Your wedding won’t have that big ‘party’ feel
A small micro-wedding may feel more like a family gathering, than a party. If you’ve always pictured crowds of people dancing at your big day, a small wedding may not be right for you. That said, if you’ve never been a fan of big parties, a small wedding might suit you just fine.