Reasons To Love A Micro Wedding

Whether your wedding plans have had to change recently and you are trying to fall in love with your new wedding or you have always secretly wanted a small intimate wedding, here are some of the reasons to love micro weddings!

    • The cost! A small intimate wedding will cost a fraction of a traditional wedding, less guests equals less money. You can save on the cost of venue hire, catering, drinks reception, guest transport, entertainment and decor.
    • Your special day will be spent with just your closest family and friends. You will be able to spend time with each guest without worrying if you’ve spoken to all your guests.
    • This is also a great option for people who don’t look forward to saying their vows in front of a large crowd or have visions of themselves tripping down the aisle, that would be me!
    • When you have less people to please you have more opportunity to have the day you really want.
    • Your wedding venue can be somewhere unique such as a rooftop bar or restaurant, a botanical garden, a library, museum or gallery for example!
    • You can spend more money on the catering to provide your guests with a meal that is really special.
    • With only 4 or 5 tables to decorate instead of 12 to 15 you can elevate your table decor. Use gorgeous flowers, beautiful quality candles, crockery, cutlery and glassware. Providing individual menu’s and delicious edible favors for each guest is definitely more of an option.
    • Flowers and foliage can change the entire look of a wedding and a good florist is so worth the money. If you now have the extra budget you could think about large floral installations to decorate your venue.
    • If your venue doesn’t have sofa’s or soft seating then create a chillout area for your guests to relax together after your meal.


Wedding Decor – Money Saving & Sustainability Tips

  • The most obvious tip is to hire any props instead of buying. Hiring props is a fraction of the cost of buying. This is not only cost effective but environmentally friendly as well, the props you hire get reused over and over again.
  • If you have decorative items at home that would work with your wedding decor consider using these too, think cushions, rugs, vases and candle holders for example.
  • Consider using coloured candles, such as these beauties from Ester & Erik, instead of flowers to add colour to your tables. This will not only reduce your florist bill but your candlelight becomes more of a style statement.
  • Instead of favours, which often get discarded at the dinner table, make your place names so beautiful guests will want to take them away.
  • We’ve all seen amazing flower and foliage installations but these can be really expensive as they require a lot of flowers and are time consuming for the florist to produce. A great alternative are potted trees and plants. Some florists hire these out or you may have plants at home you can use, they make a big impact at a fraction of the cost and are more sustainable.
  • If you want to try some DIY for your big day then making your own signs is a great place to start. You can buy calligraphy practice books online or print out practice sheets, once you have mastered it you can then apply this skill to chalkboards or even fabric banners.
  • Reuse your decor throughout your venue, for example, consider moving your ceremony decor to other parts of the venue after the ceremony. Get the groomsmen to do this!
  • If you want to have a menu for your guests then have either one per table or write it on a chalkboard somewhere your guests will see.

10 Tips to help you style your wedding venue

Now I might be doing myself out of a job here but I am frequently asked for wedding styling tips or ideas for setting out the props you hire from me. I want your wedding venue to look as fab as you want it to, so here are a few of my tips to get maximum impact from your hired props.

1. Research

Research your venue, look at images of past weddings and find what they did that you like and didn’t like. What is the venue’s best feature’s? How can you make the most of them? What are the area’s that need decorating the most? What does the venue supply? Do they have furniture you can hire, for example.

2. Pick a Style

This is often something a lot my couples find the trickiest, picking a style! I understand, you like everything, so do I. Do what you love, the best weddings have a bit of the couples personality and taste all over it.  Let your imagination go and just do what you love. Once you know the feel and look, focus and try not to get distracted by all the inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest.

3. Suppliers

Research your suppliers and choose people whose ethos and style match yours. Don’t try and do everything yourself, a good florist and wedding stylist will save you time and stress!

4. Plan

Think about your venue, the different spaces and how you intend to use them. You may have a big open space in a barn, for example, and you want to zone it off with a seating area and photo backdrop. So, think what you will need to decorate these areas and make a list of items required for each area, this will save so much time on setup day. Mentally walk through your venue and think about what each area needs.

5. Focus

Money can be tight and sometimes decor can be an afterthought. To save money and focus your styling, decorate the functional areas. Make a feature of your table plan, welcome table, dinner tables and of course your ceremony area. If you focus on certain areas you will save money and time when decorating and planning.

6. Moodboard

Create a moodboard of your ideas, Pinterest is great for this.

7. DIY

Some of the best weddings have the couples personality stamped all over it and this often comes from items they have designed or made themselves. If you or a friend are crafty then this is definitely something to consider.

8. Delegate

I know you want a DIY wedding but on setup day it can be pretty stressful. You will have a list of things that need done and your focus will be pulling your whole look together so allocate jobs to everyone who has come along to help. This way they know exactly what they are in charge of and won’t disturb your creativity with questions.

9. Prepare

Anything you can do in the days running up to your wedding, do it. Whether its sign writing or organising your props into boxes and bags, anything to save time on the day. A bag with essentials is also a great idea, think string, push pins, sellotape, scissors etc

10. Don’t Panic

Sometimes plans need to change! The caterer needs more room, your setup is blocking a fire exit, but just go with it. Necessity is the mother of invention and it will all work out. Have fun but if you feel like maybe you do need some professional assistance just get in touch!

 

Taypark house wedding prop hire

Photo by Barry Robb Photography

 

 


How to use foliage to style your wedding venue

I love foliage and I especially love foliage at a wedding. I have seen some amazing foliage installations, by florists, in the last year. From a full on woodland entrance, which had the effect of walking down a tree lined street with overhanging branches, to a ceiling hanging foliage installation like the one below! They were both amazing but if your budget can’t stretch to something like this by a professional, foliage is still a great way to decorate. It can really make a room come to life and can also help stretch your flower budget. Have a look at the Real Weddings section to see how foliage was used in some previous weddings.

Photo via Rock My Wedding

 

  • Use foliage as a table runner like the wedding above, an easy diy and looks amazing!
  • How about sprigs of herbs for your place settings or as table ends?
  • A display of potted herbs clustered together works beautifully and smells so good!
  • Leaves can be used as place cards for your guests, cheap and effective.

  • Foliage backdrops are so popular and it’s easy to see why. I have 2 faux foliage backdrops in the Props section but I like to add real foliage to them too. A simple but effective diy.
  • Foliage installations for your ceremony area add the wow factor but calls for a professional florist. You can however try to diy some foliage to your arch.

  • It is also a very effective way to make displays come to life with a few bits of foliage placed in bottles, vases or tied to hoops and table plans.

 

The possibilities are endless, and it is definitely a favourite of mine.