5 Ways To Elevate Your Micro Wedding
Looking to push the boat out for your micro wedding? In this article, Kate Cartwright from the luxury tableware brand, Burleigh Pottery, shares her five top tips for taking your special day to the next level.
If you’re in the midst of planning a micro wedding this year, you’re not alone. Whilst social distancing restrictions have eased, we’re all moving back to normality at our own pace. Many people are opting for the cautious route and holding off on big events for the time being. So it’s no surprise that micro weddings have become one of the biggest trends in 2021 (Hitched). But small weddings certainly aren’t something new. Over the past few years, more and more couples have ditched large and extravagant weddings in favour of more intimate affairs (Martha Stewart).
It’s easy to see why small weddings have soared in popularity recently — they’re usually easier to plan, they’re often a lot cheaper, and the refined guest list means you get to spend more time with your nearest and dearest on your special day.
Whilst micro weddings tend to be more laid back than traditional ones, this doesn’t mean that you can’t push the boat out. In fact, less guests means that you can stretch your budget even further to wow your loved ones with a luxurious event. Read on for tips on how to make your micro wedding one that your guests will remember for years to come.
Make your invites memorable
Impress your guests before they even arrive at the event by opting for elaborate invitations for the big day. Since there are less guests than a traditional wedding, you can stretch the budget a bit with the invites. Make them personal by hiring an illustrator to create one-of-a-kind designs for each of your guests. If you or your partner are artsy, you can even do this yourself!
Your invitations don’t need to be on a standard piece of paper either. For something a bit different that your guests will definitely appreciate, gift them with a chocolate bar that’s wrapped in your save the date card. And if you want to give them something more permanent, engrave your invitation on wood to give your loved ones a keepsake.
Choose a unique venue
Because your guest list is smaller than the average wedding, you have a lot more flexibility with the type of venue you choose. If you’re having an upscale event, you can spend a little extra on a luxury location, such as a room in a stately home. Not only will this impress your guests, but it will still likely be cheaper than the average wedding venue.
There are also plenty of opportunities to think outside of the box with small wedding venues. You can host your special day in anything from an engine house to a treehouse (Hitched)! Plus, outdoor micro weddings tend to require a lot less planning, as a smaller guest list makes it easier to find protection from the elements. So really, you can have your special day pretty much anywhere, from the forest to the beach.
Experiment with your food
If you’re looking to make your micro wedding stand out from the rest, take some time to think about what food you will serve to your guests. Consider the theme of your wedding, and what types of food you think would fit in. For example, an afternoon tea would work perfectly for a formal event, whilst a BBQ would be a great fit for more casual summer weddings.
When it comes to dessert, you may find that a traditional three-tiered wedding cake seems over the top for your small guest list. But this doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t stand out! Simply opt for a beautiful single layer cake instead. Or have a few mini cakes instead.
Splash out on elaborate table settings
A micro wedding allows you to pay more attention to the finer details, including the table settings. Since you’ll have very few tables, take the time to personalise each one with a unique centrepiece. Pick a different flower arrangement for each table, or opt for something completely different, like succulents or candles. Use an illustrator to hand write and decorate each of your attendees’ place cards, or give it a go yourself if you fancy!
You can also impress your guests with your choice of crockery. Opt for tableware that stands out in comparison to the average white plate, such as beautiful floral designs. Pair your crockery with the colour scheme of the wedding to bring the table together. Or, if you’d rather, match it with the scenery around you. Whichever colour you choose, make sure that it’s elegant and luxurious to make it truly special.
Give the perfect gift
Round off your special day by giving your guests a small token of gratitude. If possible, give a gift that fits the theme of your micro wedding, so they’ll always remember your special day when they use it. For example, if you’re having afternoon tea for your wedding meal, give your guests their own teacup and saucer. Or for outdoor micro weddings, give your loved ones a succulent to remember the day. And if you want to make your gifts extra special, personalise them for each guest to show them how much they mean to you.
Make sure to use the tips above to seriously impress your loved ones with your micro wedding. If you’re looking for some dedicated help with planning your special day, (even micro weddings can benefit from having a planner on board) then you can see my planning services here.