July 4, 2020
Micro weddings were already a hot trend this year, let’s add an unprecedented virus (a/k/a Covid-19). Planning a Micro Wedding in the Hudson Valley are all the rage. Micro Weddings, Mini-Micros, are weddings with less than 50 guests, (25 for Mini-Micros). Being smaller in size, it’s usually more economical, more relaxed, and shorter in length than a traditional wedding day. Let’s not confuse a Micro Wedding with an Elopement. It could be the couple and two witnesses, but it’s not done in secret or on a whim, but is a well thought out and planned wedding day, it just happens to have a smaller guest list. Let’s plan a Micro Wedding.
A micro wedding includes your ceremony and reception, or something as simple as your ceremony and a champagne toast with family and friends. It is your day no matter the size and can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose. Your Micro Wedding can take place at a Private Estate, a private room in a restaurant, the ideas are endless and only limited by your imagination. You can include or skip the wedding traditions that you want. Let’s take a quick look at some pros and cons to find out if it’s your option or not.
Hands down, you will absolutely enjoy a more relaxed wedding day. Wedding Planning is a job in itself, so when you’re planning a micro wedding and working a full-time job it becomes a huge undertaking that involves working many wedding vendors, chasing RSVPs, creating a seating chart, working with a caterer and making sure the entertainment for your guests arrives on time, the responsibilities are endless. A small wedding of up to 50 guests is often much less stressful for couples. The planning process gives you back the things that are important to you as a couple: your people the ones that mean the most by your side and the experience you want to create for yourselves and your guests.
This is a no brainer, the cost naturally goes down. If budget is a concern for you, a micro wedding where you only invite your absolute nearest and dearest might be the best choice. A Micro Wedding is also a fantastic idea if you want to focus on the quality of your guest experience.
Micro weddings are most likely held in exclusive-use venues where you have free rein to transform the décor, decide your running order and create the atmosphere you want.
A large wedding, most couples might get lucky and get to spend a short five minutes with each guest. With a smaller guest count, you have the opportunity to interact with each and every guest.
Last but not least, most Micro Wedding or Mini Micro’s can be planned in a very short amount of time.
There are certainly some disadvantages and they are never a good feeling. You may encounter pushback from friends or family. Guests who don’t make the cut can feel hurt by your decision to have a smaller more intimate affair, and invite-only 50 people to your big day. Being absolutely certain that a Micro Wedding is the right decision for you and your finance’, if not you could begin to feel guilty about the people who are upset by your choice. If you can’t go with 50 or fewer wedding guests, micro weddings might not be for you.
Planning a Micro Wedding or Mini Micro on short notice, especially during the Corona Virus that has caused so many rescheduling of weddings, could mean you won’t get the wedding vendors that you may want to work with on short notice,
If you decide to go ahead with a micro wedding, write a list of must-haves that you want at your wedding. You and your finance’ should each have three things that there is no compromise on.
When deciding on a venue for your Micro Wedding make sure that you don’t get lost in the setting. You need a space that is just right! A place that you are comfortable and you know your guests will feel the same way.
The size of your wedding is no indicator of how big or small you can go with the things that matter to you. There are no rules saying you can’t splurge on what you consider important and save where you feel it’s necessary. The dress that you must have, I say go for it! Beautiful bouquets, delicious cake. Let’s not forget about the photographer, your photographer is there to record your day exactly as it happened, you want to look back and remember your day with smiles and love.
We worked with Jim and Chelsea to plan their Micro Wedding in three short weeks. They were forced to reschedule their big wedding but still wanted to get married on “their” wedding date. Rogan & Co. Events helped plan and execute this beautiful intimate wedding at the Bykenhulle House. Love wasn’t canceled but rearranged. We can’t wait until next year for their big celebration!