Why are micro-weddings better?

Overall, a micro-wedding is a great compromise between sustainability and comfort. Weddings used to be a one-time format, but the order of events has changed as weddings have evolved into fully personalised experiences. Marriage in the traditional sense is changing, says Emily Pilk of the Weyanoke Hotel in Farmville, Virginia. Gone are the days when the success of a wedding was directly correlated to its price tag, with a wedding that didn't really fit your vision as a couple.

For couples looking for a more intimate and affordable ceremony, look no further than the micro-wedding. Half a century ago, women started wearing micro-skirts. In the 1960s, the rise of hemlines gave rise to a bold and brazen femininity after an era of solemn demure. Two decades earlier, during World War II, the bikini had made its innovative and controversial debut as a result of wartime rationing and fabric cutbacks.

A smaller ceremony means you can be even more flexible with your venue. You can choose your home, a park or a secluded location, as you don't have to worry about seating capacity. Some people may think that, due to the micro nature of the wedding, having a registry is not important. Some couples believe that a micro-wedding allows them to enjoy the true meaning of the day, marrying the person they are completely in love with and starting their marriage together.

Micro-weddings tend to be shorter, require less staff to set up and take down, and usually require less preparation overall. For example, although many associate white wedding dresses as an ancient symbol of purity, until recently many brides wore a range of colours such as yellow, blue or even black on their wedding day. The micro wedding contains all the elements of a traditional ceremony, including a beautiful venue, photographer, cake and decorations. A micro wedding allows you to be surrounded by the people you love and gives you the space to enjoy each other at this exciting time.

There is no dress code rule for a micro wedding, go as elaborate or as simple as you wish, remember there is no rule book. While smaller weddings may seem obvious to people with few resources or without a large circle of family or friends, the explosion of the wedding industry is pushing couples to go big or go home. A recent survey on the wedding website Zola polled 500 engaged and newlywed couples and found that 96 percent of participants found wedding planning stressful, with 40 percent expressing their stress levels with words like "very" or "extremely". While many have already had to postpone or cancel their weddings due to the blocking measures, newly engaged couples are wondering if they will even be able to have the wedding they had dreamed of.

It seems simple: instead of catering for hundreds of guests, a micro-wedding makes it possible to cater for a limited number of guests, thus reducing expenses. Instead of the day being a constant stream of welcomes, goodbyes and guilt over not having spoken well to a hundred people individually, a micro-wedding allows for a more relaxed atmosphere. The magnificent semi-detached hotel will soon have a wedding licence, in keeping with the appetite for nuptials in the borough, with Kensington Town Hall typically hosting up to 27 weddings each day. A micro-wedding involves up to a maximum of 20 guests, usually including close family members and a few select friends.

In some cases, inviting fewer than 20 people costs much less than 100, especially when considering the price per person, so budget can be a compelling reason to choose a micro-wedding.

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