I have loved watching wedding trends grow and evolve over my years in the industry. Over the past few years the industry as a whole has begun to shift towards more intimate gatherings like elopements and the more recent, the popular microwedding. This term seems to be new territory for a lot of brides and grooms planning their big days so I’m here to break it down and share 5 reasons you should consider hosting a microwedding too.
Let’s start of simple. What is a microwedding? Microweddings are exactly what they sound like: a wedding on a smaller scale. You can have all the elements (or just a handful of your favorites) of a traditional wedding scaled down to accommodate 5-10 of your closest friends and family. Let’s break it down:
- Local Location: With a smaller group of people, many untraditional venue options are open to you. Restaurants like Terrain, outdoor spaces like Tyler Gardens, and boutique hotels like the Dogfish Inn offer all-inclusive wedding packages for brides and grooms. These settings provide an intimate environment for your celebration and many options to make your day unique to you. Some wedding specific venues may also offer smaller packages for microweddings but it is best to call to make sure.
- Decor: Often times, with traditional sized weddings, a couple may have grand plans for florals, rentals, and signage to make the day uniquely theirs…but due to the pure quantity of guests and catering costs they have to scale that plan back. This becomes much less of an issue for micro-weddings as catering bills and other direct “guest” costs, are significantly lower. So, these celebrations can be the perfect time to go all out with floral arrangements, intimate seating areas, and other fun options you may not be able to afford if you had a 200 plus guest list.
- The Experience: Many couples hosting microweddings choose to make an entire “wedding weekend” for their guests to enjoy. Take Coastal Delaware for an example: guests could stay at the Dogfish Inn, grab a few beers, enjoy a beach day + an intimate rehearsal dinner with the couple on Friday, celebrate their wedding on Saturday, and then hit a local favorite for a send-off brunch on Sunday.
- Customization: Vendors are well aware (and totally down for) of the micro wedding trend and are often willing to work with you to create a custom package that best fits your need. Only want charcuterie and signature cocktails for dinner and cookies for dessert? No problem! Want to go big with your florals? You’re covered. This flexibility extends to photography as well. I offer custom intimate wedding collections to all brides + grooms and can even extend coverage options to include part of, or the entirety, of your wedding weekend.
- Destination Becomes Doable: Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular. Taking your destination wedding and scaling it down to only a few guests makes it even more plausible. How fun would it be to bring all your favorite people together for an intimate dinner party + vows on the coast of Croatia or in an Italian vineyard? Bonus points because often times your destination can turn into your honeymoon spot after the celebrations are over.
As cliche as it sounds, when you plan a microwedding the sky is the limit! You’ll be able to plan a day that’s 100% you, have more control over your budget, and less stress through out the planning process. So, what do you say? I say grab the love of your life, your closest friends + family, and say “I Do” the Microwedding way.
More details on our Dogfish Inn microwedding coming soon. Want to see more from this featured microwedding at Tyler Gardens? Click here.
Florals | Xio + Amanda of A Styled Fete | @astyledfete @astyledlady
Photography | Stacy Hart Photography | @stacyhartphotography
Planning | Nikki Chambers of Elevee & Co. | @eleveeandco
Host + Rentals | RaeChani Wilson + Amanda Horner of Open Aire Affairs | @openaireaffairs
Venue | Tyler Gardens | @tylergardenweddings
Paper Goods | Veraly & Company | @veralyco
Hair & Makeup | Sara Mann from Elegance Artistry | @eleganceartistry
Gowns | Jennifers Bridal | @jennifersbridal
Mens Attire | @jcrew | @thetiebar
Catering | Piccolo Trattoria | @piccolotrattoria
Wine | Grace Winery | @innatgracewinery
Lighting | Lumos Co. | @lumos_co
Cake | Little Village Bakery | @littlevillagebakery
Jewelry | Bernie Robbins Jewelers | @bernierobbinsjewelers
Models | Daniel + Samantha Middleton | @themiddletongroupe
What is a Microwedding? | Stacy Hart Photography