What is a Small Wedding? (Elopement, Intimate, Micro, Minimony…)
Small Wedding Formats to Consider for Your Big Day
Before the start of this (shall we say?) unusual year, there was already a trend in the bridal world towards smaller, more intimate weddings. Due to COVID that trend is considerably even greater as many brides are finding themselves with only the option of a small wedding if they want to go ahead with their big day in the near future. Small weddings are still incredibly gorgeous (sometimes even more so with more decor budget) but have smaller guest lists, sometimes literally just being you and your fiancée and maybe one or two trusted few. Much like traditional weddings, intimate weddings still incorporate the most important things: IE the things that define a wedding for you and your significant other. For some, that means having a photographer, your SO by your side, a beautiful backdrop and some killer food. For others, florals and live music are must-haves. Other brides are still keen to have as many people as possible, maybe the super-mini wedding isn’t as appealing to them. Whatever route you take, as much as a small wedding is very much still a wedding, there will of course be slight differences from what most would think of as a traditional big day.
A small wedding will, first and foremost, have a lessened guest count. For some, this means an intimate day of less than 100 people, others opt for a minimony of 10 people or a micro wedding of 50 of their nearest and dearest. However you decide to plan, though, you’ll likely have less than a standard 100-200 person guest list. Small weddings also often break away from some classic occurrences, such as a bouquet toss, or having a large wedding party. Along with COVID restrictions, most small weddings are now held outside and have an emphasis on safety (mask-wearing, distancing and lots of sanitiser.) But, as we’ve said, at the end of the day it’s still your special day and it will be uniquely your own in the most beautiful way.
As we talk to so many brides on a daily basis, we’ve discovered just how many positives there are with hosting an intimate wedding day. You’ll get to prioritise your budget for the things that are most important to you (photographer, gown, food, etc.), you’ll also get to be absolutely sure that only your closest and most important friends and family are there to support you on your big day (no more dealing with your distant auntie whose invite you’d rather got lost in the mail), and you’ll be able to have an incredible reason to celebrate and be joyous about the love between you and your fiancée. Of course, that’s what your big day would be about anyway, but it seems all the more poignant nowadays.
Because of all of these wonderful reasons, we think having a small wedding is a fantastic idea and we have a hunch we’ll be seeing this trend last for quite some time given the climate we’re in. Something else to consider; when the world goes back to “normal” and traveling is a bit easier, you’ll be able to plan a killer honeymoon for a later date with your reserved budget if your plans have downsized.
If you’re finding yourself in the midst of planning for a small wedding, you might be wondering what option is right for you. We want to break down some of the more popular small wedding choices and help you navigate your decision making based on the stunning weddings we’ve seen go off without a hitch during these past few months and even from small, intimate weddings prior.