- Reason #1: More Unique Venue Options
Unique spaces ( such as art galleries, breweries & wineries, restaurants’ private dining space, roof top apartments, and so many more) are usually pretty tight when it comes to capacity making them perfect for those intimate wedding celebrations.
- Reason #2: More Quality Time with Your Guests
Between the ceremony, family photos, dinner, toasts, cake cutting, and special dances, at the average wedding you’d only get about 45 seconds to interact with each person at a 200 person wedding. (Max 2.5 hours to mingle if you’re up during dinner and skip the dance floor). But with micro-weddings, you’re able to take your time. You might even all share a dinner table so you don’t have to get up. And you’re looking at spending 7.5 minutes/person if you don’t hit that dance floor.
- Reason #2.5: More Quality Time with Your Guests (All Weekend)
A smaller guest count also makes it easier to have everyone join you at your favorite wine bar the night before or to have brunch the morning after in a restaurants private dining room. Making even more time to spend with the people who will be the support system to the commitment you’re making as newlyweds.
- Reason #3: More Flexibility to Create Intentional Details
It’s simple math, you can do more with $40,000 for 40 guests than you can for 100 guests. Because you are spending less on the necessities (food for them to eat, places for them to sit, etc., etc.), you can focus more of your resources on creating really intentional, personal touches that your guests will love.
THE BIG QUESTION…
WILL WE SAVE MONEY BY HAVING A SMALLER WEDDING?
Vendors from whom you can expect savings from for intimate weddings: florist, catering & bar, rentals, stationery, cake, transportation as these are based on guest count. Sometimes officiants also offer “elopement” or intimate wedding packages. Overall hair & makeup costs can be lower because you typically have less attendees, but base pricing will not change due to the size of your wedding.
Vendors like photo & video, entertainment, venue, and planning/coordination do not come with cost savings due to guest count as the work they do remains consistent regardless of the number of attendees.
We’re hoping this provides some inspiration, guidance and excitement as you begin to plan your micro wedding.
The Chancey Charm Team