Never been to a micro wedding? Not sure what it is? You came to the right spot!
With all of the changes in 2020, it’s no wonder that micro weddings are making a huge comeback.
Most people assume that they only have one option when it comes to weddings, and all of us have been to the common wedding that instantly comes to mind. Typically, the standard wedding guest list includes hundreds of people, ranging from a “smaller” event of 125 people, all the way up to 400!
The polar opposite of the standard wedding are elopements and civil ceremonies. Elopements consist only of the bride and groom, a photographer, and an officiant. Whereas civil ceremonies typically involve immediate family and a shared meal afterwards. Somewhere in the middle between standard weddings, elopements, and court ceremonies, are: micro weddings.
The guest list, the unique location, and the personal experience.
Micro weddings are characterized by having a limited number of guests, typically ranging from 25 – 50 of your closest family and friends. This is by far the hardest choice to make when deciding to have a micro wedding. How could you possibly decide on only 50 people to share the happiest day of your life with?
If you’re struggling to decide who to invite, look through your texts and phone calls. Start your guest list only with the people you’ve actually talked to in the last three months. We speak to those who matter the most to us, so this will give you a great starting point.
Ultimately when it comes to any wedding but especially micro weddings, it’s about you and your groom. There are so many tactful ways that you can invite people to celebrate your wedding with you….without them being at the actual wedding. You can live stream or record the actual ceremony, you can host a bigger reception later in the year inviting everyone, or you can host a mini brunch or party with a specific group of friends. Sometimes a handwritten note explaining the situation and sharing how much they mean to you can go a long way.
Micro weddings are amazing because they open up a whole new world of venue locations! You could get married at your favorite restaurant, a local park, at an Airbnb, on a roof top in Detroit, or even in your backyard! When there’s going to be under 50 people, you have so many more options available.
I’ve seen gorgeous receptions on Belle Isle, apartment rooftops in the city, and at private residences. If you don’t have a backyard big enough, ask your friends and neighbors if they would be willing to rent or share their space with you for a day!
I love micro weddings because of the numerous opportunities that you have to make it so meaningful to yourselves and the people you care about. You get to choose the traditions you want to participate in and add in all the personality you want! Wanna eat tacos? Want to have a flower llama instead of a flower girl? Maybe smash a piñata instead of cutting cake? You can break all “tradition” while still having it be a beautiful, meaningful, and sacred day.
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Vendors featured in wedding (above):
Photography: Liv in the Moment Photography
Hairstyling: Glam by Andreea
Gown: Detroit Bridal House
Makeup Artist: Tiffany Klecker
Design + Event Planner: Sophia Frances Events
Model: Emily Hass
Coffee Designs: Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters
Catering: Detroit 2 Paris Co.
Florals: Blüm Floral
Invitations: Invitations by Caitlin
Venue: Detroit Artists Test Lab