photo credit – Boutique Blinks
Working at Little Ginger I know that many happy couples have been postponing their weddings for months now. Some couples have decided to opt for a micro-wedding instead of waiting any longer, while others have postponed until next year. This led us to investigate everything there is to know about the micro-wedding market and to create an inclusive package for this emerging trend.
But first, we’ve created a convenient list of what should be considered during the planning of a micro-wedding.
Number One: The Guest List
The general rule is that a micro-wedding will have no more than 50 guests. Of course, nobody is policing this rule, invite the guests you wish to invite, the number that satisfies you. Invite only your parents and your siblings if that’s what you want.
A key reason people decide to have micro-weddings is to remove the obligation of inviting people that, frankly, they don’t necessarily want at their wedding (such as work friends of your parents, your mother-in-laws neighbours). Keep this thought in mind when you decide to go with a micro wedding you can set the limit to suit your ideals – even quoting the smaller maximums of the unique venue!
photo credit – Nicole Englemann
Number Two: The Venue
As mentioned in our previous blog post, with fewer guests there are far more places you can be married. Restaurants, bars, parks, galleries, warehouses and barns are just a few. Large weddings are unable to even consider these unique options and usually you are confined to reception/function centres who specialise in weddings and the traditional minimum spends they impose. Take advantage of the situation and choose a unique and special location that screams YOU!
photo credit – Le Café du Marché
Number Three: The Must Haves
Between you and your partner decide on the most important elements of your wedding. These decisions will help to guide the rest of your planning. Knowing what you can afford to keep and what you can stand to ditch is important – these are the early days that lay ahead of all the BIG decisions that couples have to make. Working out how to compromise, what is key to one but not the other – the total art of couple negotiations begins!
Number Four: The Costs
The budget for a micro-wedding will be significantly lower than a standard wedding. But, keep in mind that some vendors and services will charge you wedding prices, no matter how small your wedding may be. Finding the right suppliers, knowing how to negotiate what you want without being hit with a ‘wedding price’ is key here.
Not sure who to turn to or who to book with, that’s where having a good event/wedding planner or even the unique Micro Wedding Inclusive Packages can take away all the stresses of planning your special day.
Number Five: Ask For Help
Just because the wedding is small and the guests are few, does not mean the planning will be simple. It is perfectly okay to have a helping hand or two. Ask a close friend or a parent to help with organising or with getting ready. Trust me, they will be honoured to help.
But if you want to ensure that you do it your way and aren’t being pushed by the helpers getting too close with the arrangements, that’s where an independent as mentioned in the costs is extremely useful.
photo credit – The Spruce
Micro-weddings, though small, are not necessarily stress-free, it all depends on how you approach the day. However, by taking the time to plan and to consider the list above, your special day will become easier to manage.
Consider looking at the inclusive micro wedding packages, they may have everything you need, they may not be for you at all, but you can always ask about the options and then decide on inclusive or plan it yourself.
Remember the most important thing is to enjoy your wedding, spend time with all of your guests, dance and do it your way.
By Nelly Bowyer, Little Ginger Co.