How to plan a micro wedding

Image: Linda Pasfield Photography

Not to be confused with an elopement, micro weddings are a small, intimate wedding with only a handful of invited guests. We show you how to throw your own micro wedding.

It was only last week that we wrote about the restrictions to weddings put in place by the government in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Those restrictions have since been revised to limit wedding sizes to no more than five people for the foreseeable future.

While our hearts go out to the brides and grooms who had been planning their big days with all of their friends and families in attendance, we do want to share with you a wedding trend that was gaining in popularity even before the pandemic hit – micro weddings!

Image: Lifestyle Images by Alexandra Grimshaw

What is a micro wedding, exactly? 

Not to be confused with an elopement, micro weddings are a small, intimate wedding with only a handful of invited guests (commonly 20 or less). 

Micro weddings are popular amongst couples who are wanting a big day that falls within the sweet spot of a big white wedding and eloping.

They’re about keeping your wedding day as intimate and special as possible, rather than simply having a cast of thousands in attendance. 

Who loves a micro wedding?

Celebrities who have thrown their own micro weddings in the past include Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn, and Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger.

Kunis and Kutcher tied the knot in 2015 in a private ceremony at the Secret Garden at Parrish Ranch in Oak Glen, California. Of the “big” day, Kunis later told Vogue magazine: “My theory on weddings is: Don’t invite anyone. Do it privately and secretly.”

Keira Knightley also threw a micro wedding when she wed Klaxons musician James Righton in 2013 in a small village in southeastern France.

“We’re not really big-wedding types,” says Knightley. “It was not a long service and [it had] very few people.”

How to throw a micro wedding

Not to be confused with an elopement, micro weddings are a small, intimate wedding with only a handful of invited guests.
Image: Linda Pasfield Photography

Thankfully, throwing a micro wedding means a lot of the pressure is off. Smaller guests sizes mean you can stick to a smaller budget much more easily as there are less items to buy, hire or organise – limited catering, bomboniere, no bridal party attire, less flowers, etc. 

It’s all about getting the guest list size right. And with the enforced “five person limit” by the government, that’s already done for you. 

The tricky part will be on deciding who makes the list. Those five people who will make up your wedding include the bride, the groom, celebrant and two “guests” (who will serve as your witnesses). 

Here is where live streaming becomes your friend. You can broadcast your big day via FaceTime, Zoom or Skype so that family and friends can tune in and watch you exchange your vows. 

While it’s probably not quite what you envisioned when you first got engaged, keep in mind that these restrictions will not be in place forever. You may choose to become husband and wife now, and postpone your reception for sometime in the future. 

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