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Beyond the Budget - Why Micro-Weddings Are Still Trending

Content writer, Katie Pierce, and I have been exploring why the micro-wedding trend continues to have momentum, and it's not just about saving on large wedding costs, or pandemic concerns. "Micro-weddings" remain popular for urbanites and millennials. With wedding venues and vendors becoming increasingly creative and flexible, it’s easier than ever to plan a one-of-a-kind wedding that celebrates them individuality as a couple.

Obviously, micro-weddings can allow for smaller budgets, but they also allow couples to re-define and explore what type of wedding experience they wish to have.

1. You Can Spend More On What Matters Most To You

Of course you are going to save money, but the money you do save by holding a micro-wedding can be put towards the wedding elements that are most important to you. When Sara and Brandon had their 'cere-mini' at OBJX Studios, Sara was extremely excited to use the money she saved by doing a micro-wedding to splurge on her favourite flower vendor, Hunt and Gather Floral.

Scaling down your wedding can make these types of wedding purchases more attainable without breaking the bank. You can also use the money you save to upgrade your honeymoon, wedding rings, book a professional photographer, or splurge on custom outfits or shoes.

But it's more than just the budget.

Photo by Sara Tanner

2. You Can Get Married Whenever, However, and Wherever You Wish!

When you have a micro-wedding in Canada, you can hold both your legal signing ceremony and your symbolic ceremony anywhere you desire! Rather than tying the knot in a stuffy city hall chamber, Alex and Justin met me in a park in Toronto with friends for their first elopement, and planned their dream wedding in Turkey for their symbolic ceremony. A honeymoon ceremony if you will!

You can plan your location based on your personality. Maybe you want to have a wedding that’s focused on your favourite drink or food, so you could team up with a local brewery or private dining room in a restaurant. You could plan a wedding day picnic lunch or an afternoon tea party instead of a traditional wedding reception. If, say, you’re not into the idea of a sit-down dinner, why not have a fun wedding cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres and signature wedding drinks?

Micro-weddings have always been popular for couples planning destination weddings. They often choose their first-date anniversary, or other lucky dates to complete the legal process, and invite those who may not be able to travel with them. Completing the paperwork in Canada saves time and translation costs. In many other countries, couples are required to post their wedding announcements in news articles months in advance (Italy and Greece for example), give blood samples (Mexico), or convert to the country's religion.

NOTE: Ontario also has hot air balloons and helicopters, so I will provide a FREE WEDDING to the first couple who opt for these unique ideas and get me in the air!

3. You Can Have A More Intimate Wedding, or Several!

One of the best things about micro-weddings is that they allow you to have a more intimate wedding day experience. With a smaller wedding guest list, you’ll be able to spend more time talking and mingling with your guests. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends and family members that you haven’t seen in a while.

It's also common when couples have family and friends all over the world. They see the value in holding several smaller celebrations in different locations, travelling to family and friends rather than having everyone travel to one location for one a large celebration.

And, with technology and video-conferencing, your family and friend's can still share in your wedding celebrations without putting financial pressure on them to travel.

4. You Can Make Your Wedding Day More About "You and Those Close to You"

Like many couples, Soojin and Uzo had been together for many years as a common-law couple, but they valued holding a wedding celebration to bring their families together. They blended their Korean and Nigerian traditions with what they both valued most, respect and appreciation for their families. The music, clothing, and the Korean ritual of bowing and offering words of love and honour to their parents was intentionally created, calmly performed, and incredibly meaningful for all of them.

You could also create a wedding weekend itinerary for your guests that includes some of the best activities that your city has to offer. This is a great way to show your guests a good time and help them make the most of their trip.

As an Officiant, I've noticed that couple's have also been more inclined to prepare meaningful, personal vows at micro-weddings. With fewer people, the pressure to write entertaining vows is replaced by words that simply share as much or as little as they feel comfortable in doing. Because the ceremony is the main event, it becomes less performance-based, and way more heartfelt.