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So what exactly is a micro wedding? Micro weddings are weddings with less than 20 guests. As micro weddings a smaller they usually tend to be less expensive than “traditional” weddings however, as there are fewer guests we are finding that spend per guest actually increases with a micro wedding. Micro weddings a slightly different to an elopement or ‘intimate’ wedding.

Micro weddings have been growing in popularity over the last few years but have seen a massive increase in recent months due to the pandemic. So what exactly is a micro wedding? A micro wedding is a wedding with less than 20 guests. They differ from elopements as elopements are typically done in secret with just the marrying couple and a couple of witnesses. Elopements are normally pretty quick and involve a simple registry office ceremony. Micro weddings also differ from intimate weddings as intimate weddings normally have between 30-60 guests.

In the UK, we have seen an increase in interest in micro weddings due to the pandemic. Currently, couples are allowed up to 30 guests at their ceremony & reception in COVID-19 secure venues.

Couple tie the knot in front of their guests at their intimate celebration.
Image courtesy of The Knot

Why choose a micro wedding?

There are many benefits to having a micro wedding over a traditional wedding. Here are a few reasons:

You can save money

By reducing the number of guests at your wedding you will naturally decrease the cost. However, this doesn’t mean that your guests will think you are cheap! Guest experience is very important to many couples planning a micro wedding and although the total cost may be lower than a traditional wedding the cost per head is normally higher. Couples normally opt for a fantastic menu with locally sourced produce, good Champagne & a sense of treating their guests to a fabulous day. If there are not as many guests, then really great hospitality in a beautiful setting can be affordable.

Guests celebrate at a beautifully styled micro wedding.
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You can enjoy a more relaxed day

Average guest numbers pre COVID for a traditional wedding were 82-day guests and 103 evening guests. Planning an event that size is quite an undertaking which involves juggling multiple suppliers, chasing RSVPs, planning seating arrangements, and ensuring there’s enough food, booze and entertainment for your guests on the day.

A small wedding of up to 20 guests is often much less stressful for couples. It strips the planning process right back to the things that are most important to you as a couple: the people you absolutely want by your side and the experience you want to create for yourselves and your guests.

Guests celebrate and charge their glasses at a micro wedding.
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A micro wedding is easily personalised

Micro weddings are the antithesis of a package wedding. They will most likely to be held in exclusive-use venues where you have free rein to transform the décor, decide your running order and create the atmosphere you want.

Bride and groom pose for a photo at their own micro wedding.
Image courtesy of Lex Flemming

You can spend more time with your guests

At big weddings, couples are lucky if they get to spend five minutes with each guest. With a micro wedding or intimate wedding, couples are able to interact with each and every guest, build deeper connections and make each guest feel more valued.

On top of this, venues which specialise in micro weddings are often exclusive-use and offer multi-day hire meaning a wedding day can become a wedding weekend with your loved ones.

We have noticed that it is becoming very popular to have a ‘Welcome Feast’ the night before the wedding where guests can come together and relax into the weekend. It’s followed by a communal breakfast the next morning where excitement builds for the day ahead, and breakfast the day after the wedding to reflect on the memories created.

Beautifully styled table at a unique intimate wedding celebration.
Image courtesy of Casi Yost

You aren’t restricted by timings

Trying to get 100 people free on the same day almost definitely requires that you choose a weekend for your wedding. However, the beauty of a smaller number of guests is that you can be flexible with how and where you marry. A weekday wedding may suit you better and be a cheaper option.

If you choose to have a celebrant (and the legal part is done before), you open up even more opportunities for where you can host your wedding. A sunset ceremony on a beach, a picnic in a park, renting out a country house for a few days – all are possible.

There are fewer eyes on you!

Not a motivation for everyone, but for some, the thought of a hundred people watching you walk down the aisle and say your vows can be anxiety-inducing. Whether you have anxiety or are shy, it might feel much more comfortable for you to say ‘I do’ with just 10 people you love around you, and that’s a perfectly acceptable reason!

Couple tie the knot in their back garden due to restrictions on guest numbers as a result of the pandemic.

Why you need a photo booth for your micro wedding?

Your guests will still need to be entertained

A photo booth is a sure-fire way to keep your guests engaged while creating a lasting memory of the day. It’s also an excellent way for guests to share photos virtually. Here at Mobile Photo Booth UK, we have created a streamlined process for guests around the world to snap and share their photos during virtual events with our Virtual Photo Booth.

The photo booth will act as a second photographer

What happens after the first dance? Generally, most photographers will only stay until the first dance. That’s where the photo booth takes over! Why not use the photo booth to capture all of those memories from later in the evening? If done correctly, a photo booth should provide you with high-quality, instantly printed photos.

We offer touch free experiences

During lockdown, we updated our Lite Booths to touch-free! With hygiene and safety being a top priority at the moment due to COVID-19, Mobile Photo Booth UK has added a simple touchless solution for your guests to use so they can still have fun with photo booths at your event.

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