Following the chaos that was 2020, micro-weddings are having their moment in 2021! While we love big celebrations, we also think intimate weddings surrounded by your closest crew can be just as special.
Considering a micro-wedding for your upcoming day? From styling inspo to planning tips and the finer details, keep reading for our expert advice on planning the perfect small-scale affair below.
Wait, What Is a Micro-Wedding Anyway?
Simply put, a micro-wedding is basically just a smaller version of a traditional wedding. Micro-weddings typically involve 50 or fewer guests, but can be as intimate as 10 or 20!
Micro-weddings still include all of the same details and traditions as a regular wedding – such as walking down the aisle, enjoying food and drink, dancing, cake-cutting and speeches – but on a smaller scale.
Thanks to COVID-19, many couples are opting for micro-weddings because of guest restrictions, but micro-weddings also offer a great opportunity to celebrate your marriage with a tight-knit group. No need to worry about inviting long lost cousins or distant relatives – micro-weddings are all about partying with your closest crew!
Planning a Beautiful Micro-Wedding
So, what’s the secret to an unforgettable micro-wedding? With a smaller guest list, you can channel your budget into creating an incredible experience for your loved ones.
First, choose an amazing location to set the scene for your celebration. With an intimate guest list, you can really think outside the box when it comes to venue ideas! Imagine a dreamy dinner under the stars at a stunning private property, a poolside cocktail party, or a private dining room at your favourite restaurant. What about a boutique art gallery, a beautiful garden or a luxe beachside home? The options are endless – you can get in touch with our team here for our recommendations on intimate wedding venues.
Next, think about the kind of experience you want your guests to have. A sit-down event (whether it’s a fancy dinner or a boozy long lunch!) can be ideal for an intimate guest list. What could be better than enjoying a delicious meal surrounded by your closest friends and family?
Immerse your guests with a beautifully curated tablescape that sets the tone for their experience. Make each place setting feel extra special with details like crystal glassware, statement charger plates, layered linen napkins or gold cutlery. You can also elevate your table settings with custom stationery such as individual place cards and menus to complete the look. Read our top tips on styling your wedding reception tables like a pro here!
Remember, intimacy is key for a micro-wedding, so consider this when planning your table layouts. Opting for one long feasting-style table (rather than individual rounds) will help you achieve a relaxed, romantic feel. You could even frame your tables with our timber gazebos to make your setting feel even more intimate.
With more budget to invest in food and beverages, why not create a statement bar area serving signature cocktails? A few scattered high bar tables, stools and a cosy lounge package will give your guests somewhere comfortable to mix and mingle after their meal. You could also set up a creative photo opportunity (using one of our backdrops or our much-loved Havana swing!) for your guests to capture the moment.
Finally, think about the details that will help you transform your venue and create a beautiful ambience for the event. Think: strings of festoons or fairy lights, lots of moody candles, statement florals and live music to get the good vibes flowing!
Micro-Wedding Styling Inspiration
Looking for some modern micro-wedding inspo? Check out some of our favourite intimate settings below!
We’d love to help you deck out the perfect micro-wedding with our modern range of furniture, decor and tableware. You can contact our team right here to get the ball rolling for your event!