Planning an intimate, micro or elopement wedding
Are you organising a scaled down wedding following coronavirus? Or perhaps this was your plan all along? Many of our members are seeing an increase in elopements , micro weddings and intimate weddings for 2021. I suspect you know what an elopement is, but what about intimate weddings and micro weddings? Like most things, the exact definition will vary from planner to planner. But here is our loose interpretation for you.
Some of our members specialise in these type of weddings and its not just eloping to Scotland (although as member Weddings by Sara Jane will confirm, thats still very popular).
“The benefit of an elopement is that it is a romantic, private affair. Couples might choose an intimate wedding with less than 40 people because they have small circle of family and friends; family disagreements might reduce the guest list; cost of a larger wedding could be an issue. My husband and I had our wedding ceremony on a beach in North Norfolk with only 35 guests. We only wanted to share our day with particular people and we had a wonderful weekend in which we were able to spend time with all of them on our wedding day.” Rebecca Waldron – White Rose Ceremonies
There are many reasons couples will choose to have a scaled down wedding, and reducing costs is not the only reason. In fact many couples choose a micro wedding so they can spend money on the areas important to them. That might be choosing an exquisite, intimate venue or indeed it might be booking their dream photographer. And for those organising an intimate wedding, it means they can spoil their guests and create the ultimate experience for them
“Small weddings are a wonderful opportunity to make your guests feel extra loved and appreciated, while also making time for YOU to truly experience the celebrations.“ Valentina – The Stars Inside
This will vary from couple to couple and we always say, still have the ceremony that means the most to you. So this might be in church, this might be at a castle or perhaps you have an unusual location in mind for a non legal ceremony.
One of our celebrant members has conducted a ceremony on a punt before.
Because your numbers are low it does open up venues that perhaps are unsuitable for larger weddings, like restaurants, yachts or even a luxury B&B with accommodation for guests . Just remember a ceremony is not legal if it is not a licensed venue.
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“When using a restaurant for your wedding you often have more say over the food that say a wedding venue. Also because restaurants don’t hold many weddings you will find they bend over backwards to help create the perfect day.” Sian Belton – BusyBrides Wedding Planners
“Intimate weddings are a good way to have just the people you want with you to celebrate your special day. I have noticed a trend for these with mixed culture celebrant led weddings.” Sonal Dave Wedding & Ceremonies Celebrant
Finally there is less stress organising an elopement, micro wedding or intimate wedding. No need to spend hours on the table plan where you have just 20 guests for example. But it still takes time to source the best suppliers and spend time creating the right atmosphere with less guests. After all you want it to feel memorable not an intimidating experience. This is where a wedding planner can help you. They will help not only design but will help curate the perfect wedding for you.
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