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What is a microwedding and is it right for you?
I just recently started hearing the buzz about “microweddings”. And while I don’t think this concept is new, I think this kind of celebration is gaining traction, particularly as we navigate weddings in the post-COVID-19 era.
The formal online definition describes microweddings as small weddings with less than 50 guests.
To me, microweddings are really just intimate, connected, weddings repackaged into a fancy term.
And weddings that focus on intimacy and connection are what I have always been about.
I BELIEVE A MARRIAGE SHOULD BE
CELEBRATED WITH THE PEOPLE WHO MEAN
THE MOST TO YOU
and not a person more
“Jennie worked extremely hard through
the event to capture all the little candid
moments with friends and family.”
Elopements vs Microweddings
Are microweddings the same as elopements?
The short answer is NO
Elopements are typically wedding ceremonies that include the couple, their officiant (unless you’re in Colorado and you can marry yourself!), your photographer, and maybe a dog or a few close family members. If you’re planning an elopement, you may or may not tell anyone before the fact. You’ll also likely choose to elope in a beautiful location that would be impossible to shuttle lots of people to. Elopements are by definition super small and intimate.
A microwedding is more of a cross-over between an elopement and a larger party. It really focuses on a small group of people who are most important to you, but still brings them along with you on your wedding day experience. While elopements are all about the ceremony and the photos of the two of you, microweddings are about connecting with your important people across an entire wedding day and documenting those connections.
Love the idea of a microwedding and want some help figuring out how to make your wedding day unique?
To help you navigate planning your own microwedding, this guide includes:
- How to plan an intentional guest list
- What photography looks like for a microwedding
- An example microwedding timeline
- How to prioritize each other and your guests
- Choosing between a full-service microwedding company and planning your own microwedding
A microwedding day Timeline
(8 HOURS OF PHOTOGRAPHY COVERAGE)
9:00 – Have breakfast with the friends and family who are staying at the large house you rented for the wedding weekend
11:00 – Start getting ready for your wedding day, drinking mimosas on the porch as you float between getting your hair and make up done and hanging out with your fiancé
1:00 – Get dressed and prepare for a first look
1:15 – Take relaxed, fun, connected couple’s photos in a nearby beautiful location
2:30 – Get ready and excited for your ceremony
3:00 – Get married and read personalized vows!
3:30 – Take formal photos with all of the groups that you want (family, pets, college roommates)
4:00 – Hang out with your family and friends at a relaxed cocktail hour that features lawn games, lounge areas, and good conversations.
5:00 – Sit down for a deliciously personalized catered meal
6:00 – Cry during toasts from your two best friends
6:30 – Eat pie and homemade ice cream
6:45 – Share a first dance together
7:00 – Open up the dance floor with dancing to live music
8:00 – Sneak out for sunset photos
8:30 – Hang out around the fire pit with your friends, cuddling under blankets
10:00 – Wind down the party with late night snacks and hugs
*NOTE: I truly believe that the above experience can be achieved within the framework of a wedding day with more than 50 guests (as long as they are the right people!)
“My now spouse and I are awkward, nerdy introverts who have a difficult time being in front of a camera. It was also very important to us to find a photographer who could capture natural, intimate, and genuine emotion. Jennie proved to be absolutely perfect for us, and we cannot imagine a better photographer to capture both our engagement and wedding.”
~Lhisia and Lewis
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