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.

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.