Perfecting the Modern Intimate Wedding
A Wedding Planner's Guide to a Micro-Wedding
By Samantha & Taylor of Coastyle Weddings & Events
Times are a-changin’. Couples are opting out of the My Big Fat Greek Wedding vibe and leaning towards a more intimate soirée. Not to be confused with an elopement, a micro-wedding includes 50 or less of a couple’s closest family and friends. We’re finding that the number one reason modern couples are going small is to ditch the debt. A smaller guest count means less of everything. Smaller venues or event homes, less tables, less chairs, less linens, less centerpieces, less food, less alcohol, you name it, there’s less of it. Couples today are more interested in spending their cash traveling the world, or saving up for that backyard their golden retriever has been longing for!
A few quick tips for planning your own magical micro wedding:
1.) Focus on the three b’s - booze, beats and bites. We urge couples to focus heavily on good eats, rad cocktails, and toast worthy tunes. These things usually matter most to couples, and choosing them wisely allows you to showcase your unique personality and style.
2.) While it’s nice for someone else to foot the bill, paying for your wedding independently allows you full range of decisions. Nix the traditional wedding favors and use that money towards something really important to you both. That ice cream sundae bar you’ve always wanted? You can have it!
3.) DIY isn’t always the answer. Set a strict budget for what you want to spend overall, and on specific vendors. When it comes to design, remember that it’s likely you can spend the same amount of money with a designer rather than packing up a U-Haul full of mix-matched decor you found at HomeGoods.
4.) Not inviting everyone is likely to ruffle some feathers, but remember this is about the two of you. Having a smaller wedding will allow you to spend the best day of your lives with those who truly matter to you. You won’t have to spend precious moments making your rounds to 10+ tables, or deep in conversation with long lost cousin Bill instead of doing ‘The Get Up’ with your bridal party.
5.) It makes wedding planning more fun. What couples hate most is things like the seating chart. This can take hours, and cause family disagreements. Instead of spending your days off trying to find a place to sit your single coworker Becky, it’s likely that most of your guests already know (and like!) one another.
The equation is simple! When it comes down to it, micro weddings are for minimalists looking to have a beautiful, budget conscious wedding and the Outer Banks is a great place to do so. A professional wedding planner can assist you with managing your budget and highlighting areas of your wedding that will make it the talk of the town! Remember, less guests equals less stress!
Samantha & Taylor
Header Image: Jason Cole Photography