Micro-weddings became a buzzword for 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. Moving into 2021, there have been high hopes that large parties and events will be able to resume as normal. Unfortunately we’re still seeing the economic and social impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and how it is affecting the wedding industry. However, I can’t say that I’m sad to see more couples moving towards micro-weddings for their celebration.
Smaller groups equals incredibly meaningful celebrations. This past year has really shown the depths of people’s desire to be together with their closest loved ones. Despite all of the challenges that have come with planning a wedding in 2020, couples have chosen to celebrate in a micro fashion with only family members or close friends in attendance. It should be no surprise that because elopements are my favorite, I love this idea! It really allows the couple to focus on the ceremony and the vows that they’re making with each other.
Of course, it’s fun to gather all of your friends and family who have been there throughout your life experiences to celebrate with you. There can be a lot of distractions on a wedding day, and having a more intimate setting removes some of those. Don’t get me wrong I love a good big old dance party, and any reason to dress up and have fun with friends! But I even look at my own wedding 10 years ago and how I would do things differently if I were getting married now. I would absolutely do a micro-wedding!
Micro-weddings are easier on the wallet. With guest lists of typically less than 30 people, it’s a drastic difference! You save by not paying for a large venue and catering that will serve 200 plus guests. Inviting less people means that you can really spend a higher percentage of your budget on the things that are the most important to you. I asked my Instagram audience what top 3 things they wish they had spent more money on. Their priorities came back as Photography, Dress, and Food. So, instead of having to budget catering for 200 people, maybe you’re able to secure a private chef for a smaller dinner. It may be a little more expensive per plate but less total overall!
Make the whole week vacation for your family! Spend time together soaking in the sights and then get married near the end of the trip. This allows wedding couples to experience new things with their family and spend a lot of genuine time together. Then, still have the wedding celebration that they dream of. If you’re planning a destination wedding then it just makes sense to take advantage of the activities, landmarks, etc. that are local to your celebration location.
Now that you’re convinced a micro-wedding is the way to go, you have so much more to look forward to. Planning a Jackson Hole celebration? Check out our feature on Planning an Elopement in Grand Teton National Park to start planning today! Planning a destination wedding or elopement in another location? We can help with that too. Send us a message for more information and to schedule your free consultation!