Updated: Mar 17
'A micro wedding is an intimate affair, typically with no more than 50 guests. They still feature time-honored traditions that make a wedding but on a much smaller scale'. (www.brides.com)
2020 certainly threw us all some wedding curveballs, so I wanted to show you how beautiful a Micro Wedding can be and give you an insight into all the positives! Micro weddings aren't for everyone but if you are considering it, this may help...
My husband and I had a legal ceremony with just 12 people a few days before our bigger weekend wedding (a beautiful humanist service) and it was perfect, so much so we often wonder if we should have embraced this more and done things slightly differently. One instant oversight was not having a photographer on the Thursday, and as a photographer it's a little embarrassing to admit this.
This gorgeous wedding from June 2020 was HOT (in all manners of the word)!!!! We were melting but it was stunning, intimate and so special. They had to reduce to 30 to fit with the guidelines at that time but this did not take away from the day at all, if anything it brought so much more.
The 15-30 people present are the most special people in your life.
That second-cousin twice removed or the uncle you've not seen for 20+ years, you don't need to worry about offending their feelings with a micro wedding!
Spending less £ per head means you can get those extra special touches that were just out of reach before... get the horse and carriage, enjoy that extra cheese board course!
You can make the schedule of the day so much more flexible. This can include more time for just the two of you, time to travel to a beautiful spot for extra photos.
You can talk to everyone there.
For those that are a bit shy, a smaller wedding can make you feel much more comfortable.
You can make the wedding so personal to you and your guests.
Go all out on decorations as you only have to decorate a smaller area or table.
Have a hair and make up artist.
Smaller cake- so make it really fabulous.
Spend more on your honeymoon.
From this intimate church in Hamble, Hampshire we moved onto their parent's garden where they had hired a small marquee, decorated beautifully with flowers, rose gold cutlery, vintage inspired glassware and a stunning menu.
(top tip for guests, if masks need to be worn, make them skin coloured so they blend into the background in photos).
As I touched on before, you can make the schedule of the day as you want. You don't have to worry about entertaining a huge number of guests so your day can be much more relaxed.
Two things to consider:
TIMELINE OF THE DAY: It's worth considering your schedule when discussing what coverage you want from your photographer. This is to ensure we capture all the moments that are important to you.
LIGHT: it is also worth considering the light, when is the sun at it's highest and what time is sunset? This helps to get the best out of your photos.
Getting ready near your service/reception will help to reduce any travel time.
You might want to consider having your couples photos before your ceremony.
You could cut your cake and have your speeches before your meal.
Have a big party for your one year anniversary.
I hope this has been useful and given you some food for thought about what to do about your special day. Please get in touch if you have any questions or want any advice.
Would love to hear your experiences too,
Flowers by: Rosie Orr https://www.rosieorr.co.uk
Church: Hamble, http://standrewshamble.org
Stephanie Atkins Photography
Wedding and Family photographer, covering Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Dorset and surrounding areas.