Micro Weddings during the Pandemic
Updated: Mar 1
Why UK Brides Are Considering Micro Weddings?
Life, as we know it has changed for a while. I think it’s about time everyone at least admitted that. This global pandemic has affected life as we know it, and we need to adapt.
The wedding industry has been greatly impacted by the pandemic too. Weddings need to be safe for everyone attending, and that has led to some fundamental changes. One of those is an increase in the number of micro weddings.
What is a micro wedding?
Micro weddings have been around for a while, however. They are weddings that feature all the elements of a traditional ceremony but on a smaller scale. They are typically between 30 guests and fewer. They are also easier to plan and control.
Micro wedding vs elopement wedding
A micro wedding is not an elopement. They share the fact that they are easier to plan, but an elopement most times has zero guests. It would just be you, your celebrant, and your photographer. A micro wedding is in between a traditional wedding and an elopement.
What are the pros and cons of a micro wedding?
If you’re planning your wedding during this pandemic, you might have to consider having a micro wedding. Are you wondering what to consider when planning a micro wedding? That’s why I wrote this article.
So, grab your favourite chair, relax and let’s talk about why couples in the UK are considering a micro wedding. Here I’ll be outlining the pros and cons of having your micro wedding in the UK.
The pros of a micro wedding
Can you picture a couple with over 300 guests trying to say hi to everyone at their wedding? The sheer exhaustion we’re getting from just considering it is terrifying. A micro wedding, on the other hand, allows you to do just that.
You can chat, laugh and connect with all your guests. The result? An intimate celebration that would be memorable for all who attend. The smaller number of guests automatically means a more intimate wedding. You can do some personal things like, leave a thank you note on every guest’s chair. This would be hardly possible to do for a larger wedding.
Spending on your wedding can be very tasking. Almost every aspect will require some expense. Per head, costs are often what drive your total amount through the roof. With a micro wedding, you’ll automatically spend less.
You can even decide to use all that excess money to raise the quality of your celebration. For example, you could offer gourmet food or serve expensive wine. You could also afford a more fun kind of entertainment. Have a DJ and wedding band entertain your guests simultaneously rather than just hiring one. They can put on some pretty memorable performances.
Micro weddings offer you the chance to have your wedding exactly how you’ve always dreamed it will be. You could host everyone to a weekend getaway somewhere exquisite. Or even decide to come dressed as your favourite comic characters. The smaller number of people means they’ll be less criticism. For one thing, you won’t have to worry about how scandalised your great aunt Marge will feel.
Room for Creativity
When it comes to creativity at your micro wedding, the sky is your starting point. From unique wedding favours to personalised keepsakes, the choice is yours. You can do whatever you feel will make the day more special for you and your guests. Your imagination is the only thing that can limit your goals.
You’ll also be able to afford better wedding decor options or a professional with ideas that will revolutionise your wedding. Have you always dreamed of having your wedding surrounded by white roses as far as the eye can see? Go ahead and get a florist who can get them. Just remember to balance your wishes and dreams with those of your partner.
I love helping couples all about minimise their stress here at Veronika J Fine Art Photography. Left to me, I’d love for every couple to have a wedding planning experience and a wedding day that is as stress-free as possible. That’s part of why I thought you should know about the micro wedding option, which is less stressful to pull off.
Your planning will be simpler, and you can relax a lot more. It is significantly easier to plan a wedding for 20 people than it is to do the same for 100+ people. You can spend all that extra time having fun and building your relationship with your partner.
This one is obvious, but I’ll include it too. It is a lot simpler to observe social distancing at a micro wedding than at a bigger one. You can also easily enforce safety rules and exercise the caution required. All you have to do is let your guests know that social distancing will be a big deal at your celebration. You can provide masks, wash stations with sanitisers, and other safety measures. With these in place, you’ll rest easy knowing you did not compromise the health of your loved ones.
The cons of a micro wedding
A Smaller Party
For some people here in the UK, having a bigger party means more fun. There is something to be said about being able to invite your loved ones from all over for your wedding. There is sure to be loud, boisterous fun with lots of dancing.
Your wedding will also allow more people to meet each other and have a fun reunion. At a micro wedding, none of that is possible. Your guest numbers will be reduced greatly. Most of the people there will be loved ones who already know each other.
Changes to Your Lifelong Dream
Most brides in the UK have dreamt of their wedding right from childhood. You’ll have pictured your loved ones surrounding you in their numbers as you say your vows. You might have even created a scrapbook with ideas on how your wedding should be.
If you did not think of having a small wedding, a micro wedding could change those plans. It will reduce your guest numbers, your venue will have to be smaller, and your party won’t be as boisterous as you pictured it. You may feel a little disappointed that you can’t have the kind of wedding you’ve always dreamed of.
You’ll Have to Reduce Your Guest List
One of the core parts of a micro wedding is that it reduced guest numbers. So, to have your micro wedding, you’ll have to cut people from your list. Thinking of who gets to come and who shouldn’t, can be tasking. You and your spouse will also worry about the backlash you might get.
It will hurt some of your guests that you did not consider them, and you might have to work to mend that relationship after your wedding. You may also have to cut out colleagues from your wedding guest list, and that could lead to a bit of tension at work. Most of your guests will however understand that you have to make changes because of the pandemic.
Is micro wedding right for you?
This article gives you an overview of what to consider when you start planning a wedding at these times. A micro wedding may sound like a logical solution to getting married in the UK during the pandemic. However, if you don't like the idea of having a micro wedding you may consider just elope right now. And you can do the big wedding celebration with all your friends and family later when it's possible again.
If you are planning a micro wedding in the UK or abroad I can capture the special moments and bring them back to life! Learn more about my wedding photography packages.
Wedding planning is not easy. In fact, it can be very overwhelming and stressful. But every bride wants to have a beautiful wedding which everyone will remember.
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