The perfect middle ground between tradition and elopement
With the average cost of a traditional wedding roaring close to $40,000, more and more people are looking at holding micro weddings.
No, it’s not a wedding for the cast of ‘Honey I Shrunk the Kids’ as the name suggests, a micro wedding is a smaller scale wedding that ranges from 5-50 guests on the list.
Maybe you’re a budget-conscious young couple looking for affordable wedding options? Or an established couple thinking of renewing your vows? Or someone who wants to get away from the stress and expectation that you feel a traditional wedding brings.
Why not think outside the box and create a wedding day that needs a smaller budget, shorter timeframe, less stress, and more intimacy: a micro wedding!
Sound good? We think so! And so do celebrities like Jay Z and Beyonce who married in a ceremony with only 40 of their closest family and friends in attendance. And Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth who’s spontaneous and intimate wedding ceremony included again, just 40 guests by their side.
To uncover everything you need to know about micro weddings, we’ve interviewed a few couples who’ve chosen this style to mark their wedding day. Let’s take a look below at all the benefits of keeping things simple.
The benefits of micro weddings
Many couples are choosing micro weddings to eliminate the stress they imagine comes with a traditional wedding. Others go micro because they prefer intimate over grand and affordability over lavishness. Others choose a micro wedding because they want a destination wedding or are renewing their vows.
If you’re into bucking the trends, you value originality over tradition. You want to walk into your life as a married couple with your savings intact, you’ll probably suit a micro wedding.
Aspa Joy says, “I’m not married or engaged (yet), but if I do have a wedding someday, it would only be very small and intimate, cheap and completely DIY”.
Rebecca Djapovic says, “My husband’s from Europe and his family couldn’t afford to come. We wanted an intimate wedding with just our closest relatives and friends“, Rebecca says. “I chose to send my uncles and aunties–who I hadn’t seen in over ten years–a note saying I was keeping my wedding small and simple and that I’d arrange a dinner for us all at a later date.”
She went on to say, “We really wanted our wedding day to reflect us and our kind of love. Intimate, down to earth, and fun. We didn’t want the pressure of having to invite our long-lost relatives for the sake of tradition. That would’ve been awkward”.
Thais VU chose to have a micro wedding with a few of her nearest and dearest. When asked why she wanted a micro wedding day, she said: “the time pressure to have the wedding finalized before the birth of our new child so that we’d all shared the same family name” was a significant factor in choosing this style of wedding. Another factor was “having difficult family relationships. It would have made it awkward to have x, y or z at the wedding or to not invite them”.
Perfect for second marriages
If you’ve already experienced a wedding day in your earlier life, a micro wedding is a lovely choice for the second (or third) time around.
Nikki Lloyds says she chose to have a micro wedding, “Partly because it was the second time around for us both and partly because the marriage was the important bit, not a big party. There was us, our four kids and two witnesses barefoot on the beach”.
Are micro weddings simply elopements?
You may not want to steal away to elope, but you may balk at the thought of a traditional (big) wedding. Micro weddings are the perfect middle ground between conventional weddings and an elopement. They’re also perfect for people who want a destination wedding or are seeking to renew their vows. Anyone who wants to put an intimate and unique stamp on their wedding day.
While we’ve been using the terms micro wedding, elopement and intimate wedding interchangeable I do think there is a difference between a micro wedding now. A micro wedding isn’t necessarily skimping on the details or the budget. Couples are inviting only those that are close to them and they want to show those folks a great time and give them a unique experience.McKenzi Taylor, Owner, Cactus Collective Weddings
Micro weddings with Cactus Collective Weddings
Our extensive list of beautiful venues caters to intimate micro weddings. Whether you want:
- a private ceremony and reception among the myriad of beautiful red rocks in the Valley of Fire
- a wedding in the green and tranquil Floyd Lamb Park (where ducks, geese, and peacocks roam free)
- or a celebration in the historic Vegas venue The Neon Museum
We can help.
Extra touches for your micro wedding day
When you’re looking for extra touches to perfectly complement your wedding, look no further than our mini reception packages.
For sweet tooths and cocktails fans, we have the doughnuts and mimosa package and for our cheese and wine lovers: the sophisticated wine, cheese, and cake package. Our cake and champagne package comes with a cute setup, cake (or cupcakes) for your guests, champagne, and a ‘shake and spray’ bottle for fun photos. And most of the packages can be tailored to include things like musicians, honeymoon ‘to-go bags’ for leftovers, and anything else you need to make your micro wedding easy and beautiful.
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Now’s the perfect time to arrange your micro wedding
Book an obligation-free, no-pressure discovery chat with Cactus Collective Weddings today. And start planning your unique micro wedding.