One of the biggest things in weddings right now is a micro wedding. One part elopement ease, one part everything you want for your wedding and nothing you don’t, micro weddings are a trend we can definitely get our heads around.
A micro wedding host about 25 guests (only those you literally could not get married without) and can be at a destination location or right in your hometown. The key is that they are small, perfectly planned and incredibly meaningful. And with only a small number of guests, the costs can be really manageable. Even if you go all out.
With a micro wedding, the focus is on the experience you create for your wedding. Anything from a city hall ceremony followed by a gorgeous brunch to a romantic luxe event in villa in Tuscany. The only question is what feels most right for you? And your spouse to be.
A dress for a micro wedding is anything you want it to be. But typically micro wedding brides skip the big ballgowns for something a little more sleek. Here are some of our favs…
Traditional, sophisticated and timeless, an all-white wedding palette is eternally fresh. Shades of ivory, eggshell, pearl and pure white play well with one another, adding luxurious layering to your decor. Opting to bring in embellishment or detailing with metal or mirrored accents multiple the crispness of the white without diminishing the chic layered effect.
White drapes wrap a venue in softness, ensuring all eyes are on those incredible one-of-a-kind floating chandeliers made of orchids up above. Photos: Kevin Chin, Floral: Nancy Liu Chin, Planning: A Savvy Event
Recently we covered unique layouts and choices for ceremony seating, so why not receptions, too? It may seem impossible to shake up seating, especially when it comes to weddings with more than 200 guests, but don’t be scared to try something new. From new styles of chair to interesting table arrangements, today’s inspiration will provide plenty of ways to wow your guests.
Delicate gold chairs at a never ending table create an amazing event space that hugs the venue and allows guests to chat easily. Photo: Lane Dittoe; Planning + Design: Thomas Bui Lifestyle
A shape somewhere between long rectangle and traditional round leaves you with dramatic tables, often with more room for centerpieces. Bold colour palettes will work very well with this shape. Photo: Collin Pierson; Photography Planning + Design: Michelle Durpetti
A loveseat, vintage sofa or other charming vintage furniture instead of chairs can create intimacy … and gorgeous photos. Photo: Clayton Austin
Mixing square tables with rounds can completely change the look of your venue. Photo: Eternal Reflections
Make the focal point the head table in the center, with long tables radiating out. Not unlike an asterisk or star. Photo: Photography by Tay
The versatile roundback chair gets new life with an open, airy space. We love this modern European look for wedding receptions. Photo: Rene Zadori; Event Design + Rentals: Glam Events
Weaving through the forest, in and around trees, this single long table in an S-curve is jawdropping. Photo: Heather Waraksa, Planning: Heidzillas
Using a long but narrow space works well with a U-shape for guests to reach their seats easily while maintaining a grand feel. Photo: Marisa Holmes
Or, mix up the upholstery for a whimsical vintage-inspired look. Perfect for garden receptions. Photo: Michael and Anna Costa
For modern spaces with unusual shapes, use an unusual seating pattern to match. Chic shapes like this avant-garde S look amazing from above. Photo: Photography by Tay, Event Design: HMR Designs
One long table
Guests sharing one incredible long table makes for a memorable reception and unstoppable conversations. Photo: Erich McVey
Modern Ghost chairs are the perfect look when the background is so stunning, you don’t want to distract from it. Via: KT Merry Planning: Strawberry Milk Events
The period between November and February is a time when the largest proportion of couples get engaged in North America. If you are one of these couples, there is no need to wait and dream of a future spring or summer day to have your engagement photos done. Buck the trend and embrace the snowy scenes, get cuddly and hire a photographer to capture the seasonal beauty of winter. We’ve got loads of ideas perfect to incorporate into your own winter engagement session. So brew up your favorite hot beverage and get inspired.
Head down the hill
It might be the deepest, darkest part of winter but that shouldn’t stop you from breaking out the sleds and toboggans for some thrilling engagement photos. Photo: Allison Hopperstad
Scout the best location
Ice caves or manufactured ice castles can create incredible settings for engagement photos that look like they were taken in Antarctica. Look for winter festivals or ice caverns if you live near the mountains. Photo: Fragile Images
Bundle up in a blanket
Take the comfort of Netflix and chill and translate it into chicness in your engagement session by bringing an oversized blanket to wrap around one another. It’s like a hug in a photo. Photo: Jacqueline Elizabeth
Maybe Mother Nature isn’t playing nicely and the weather isn’t quite what you expected for your pretty picture-perfect picnic in the woods, but you can be sure the photos will certainly be memorable if you embrace the cool weather. Photo: The McCartneys
Dress up for the weather
Fuzzy vests, big boots and soft sweaters make choosing your photo shoot outfits easy, and communicate wintery weather even if there is not a snowflake to be found. Photo: Lisa Dolan Photography
Pick the perfect scene
Use the gorgeous fresh snow to your advantage and head out into nature. Everything looks more magical under a dusting of fluffy flakes…even you two. Photo: Mint Photography
Bring in seasonal props
Merry mistletoe or fragrant pine wreaths will bring in a Christmas theme that perfectly captures the moment in time. Photos: Melina Wallisch
Bury the bling
Setting the ring in pure white snow has elegant results and is a lovely way to get the detail. Photo: ToddG
Throw the snow
Starting a snowball fight can have gorgeous results…and is a lot of fun! Don’t be afraid to get crazy in the snow. Photo: Jonathan David
Whether it is hockey, snowshoeing or skiing, incorporate your favorite winter sport as a couple into the photos. Photo: Emily Steffen