In the early stages of wedding planning, deciding on your guest list can be tricky. Do you want to keep things small and cosy with an intimate setting, or would you prefer to “go big or go home” with a grand party?!
There are definitely pros and cons on both sides, so we’re here to help you weigh up your options. Keep reading as we share our thoughts on micro-weddings vs big weddings, and which option is going to be the best fit for you.
Is a Micro-Wedding Right For You?
A micro-wedding is a small, intimate wedding – typically with fewer than 30 guests.
While micro-weddings may be smaller than traditional weddings, that doesn’t stop them from being just as memorable! For some couples, an intimate guest list may actually allow them to enjoy their day even more.
Not sure if a micro-wedding is right for you? Here are some of the key benefits to consider:
They create a cosy, intimate vibe. If you’re the kind of couple that prefers socialising in small groups rather than attending big parties, a micro-wedding could be an ideal option for you. A smaller guest list means you can spend more one-on-one time with your loved ones, which may be particularly important to you if guests have travelled to attend your wedding.
They’re less expensive. It goes without saying that with a smaller guest list, you can get away with a smaller budget. If you’re trying to plan an affordable wedding, trimming your guest list can definitely help you achieve this.
You can splurge on the guest experience. Speaking of budget – with less money going towards elements like food and drink, you can splurge in other areas to create a memorable guest experience. Think: live music, signature cocktails and romantic lighting.
Tips for Planning a Micro-Wedding
If you’ve decided to plan a micro-wedding, here are some of our top tips to help you plan an unforgettable celebration!
Choose a suitable venue. Some venues are better suited to micro-weddings than others. Stay away from large rooms like ballrooms and grand halls, and instead opt for intimate spaces like dining rooms, galleries, restaurants, or even your very own backyard!
Invest in the details. Small details will go a long way when designing your micro-wedding. Gather your loved ones around a beautifully styled table with thoughtful place settings as you enjoy a delicious meal together. The finishing touches like charger plates, crystal glassware, gold cutlery, linen napkins and individual place cards will help to set the mood and make your guests feel extra special.
Is a Big Wedding Right for You?
Big weddings can be anywhere from 100 – 250+ guests. While they do require some additional planning, they can be a great option for couples who want to plan the party of a lifetime!
Not sure if a big wedding is right for you? Here are some of the key benefits to hosting a bigger celebration:
You want to invite all of your loved ones. If you can’t imagine cutting down your guest list or have big families on both sides, a large wedding allows you to celebrate with all of your favourite people.
Good vibes are guaranteed. Big weddings tend to have a fun, festive and energetic ambience. If you’re picturing a buzzing dance floor filled with people, this could be a better option for you.
You have grand plans for your day. Are you picturing a 5-piece band, photobooth or fireworks display? Hosting a big wedding means you can make all of your lavish wedding dreams come true!
Tips for Planning a Big Wedding
If you’re hosting a big wedding, there are a few things you’ll need to consider. Here are some of our tips for planning a seamless wedding with a large guest list:
Decide where to splurge and save. When it comes to your wedding budget, a bigger guest list can quickly add up. To avoid blowing your budget, think carefully about where you want to splurge, and where you can save, depending on your priorities for the day.
Keep your guests comfortable. Don’t forget to organise enough furniture for your guests to keep everyone comfortable. For example: if you’re planning a big cocktail wedding, we’d recommend organising enough seats for between 50-70% of your guests at any one time.
Work with trustworthy vendors. Planning a big wedding can feel overwhelming at times. Ensure your day goes off without a hitch by working with a team of reputable vendors you know and trust!
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