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The Skinny on the Micro Wedding: Get Married Small Now & Save the Sequel Celebration for Later

By Amanda with A Charleston Bride

This year has challenged wedding event professionals more than ever when it comes to problem solving and thinking outside of the box to create the perfect day for clients. Here at A Charleston Bride, we are always striving to keep up with times and adapt in order to fit our client’s needs and produce a lifelong memory for them and their guests. In the uncertain times of COVID-19, capacity restrictions, travel bans, food and beverage service restrictions, and the fear of congregating in large groups, cause pause from hosting large-scale events. After the first wave of postponements in the Spring, we began working with many of our clients to shift their large wedding plans into a smaller event: the Micro Wedding.


Kennesaw State Park Micro Wedding by Laura Watson Photography

The Skinny on the Micro Wedding: Get Married Small Now & Save the Sequel Celebration for Later

What is a Micro Wedding?

A micro wedding is an intimate affair, typically no more than 50 guests, that celebrates the same time-honored traditions at the root and forefront of marriage. But on a much smaller scale. You still have the opportunity for a sweet ceremony, the bouquet of your dreams, and a flawlessly designed tablescape, while incorporating the same high end details you were originally planning for the large reception. Clients are able to pivot their original plans to highlight intentional details that are most important to them while spending more individualized time with their closest family and friends.


Mirco wedding at the Swan House with Like the Dazzling


Adding a More Personal Touch

Bigger is not always better! Hosting a small-scale soiree allows clients to add in personal touches they may not have thought of or felt were possible when planning a sizable wedding. When designing on a much smaller scale, couples can luxuriate on impactful details. Welcome bags, custom beverage packages, and a multi-course, family style meal create a wonderful experience for guests. Personalized sentiments for those closest to the couple, like a handwritten note for each guest or a thoughtful surcie placed in each seat, are elements couples can effortlessly incorporate into their day.

The micro wedding is a perfect solution for couples that wish to move forward with their commitment to one another now and re-envision their large scale plans. It’s also perfect for those who want to exchange vows on their original wedding date this year while planning their “sequel celebration” on a future date when they can include their extended friends and family.

Micro Wedding at Lowndes Grove Plantation with A Charleston Bride


Take a deep breath & have faith

Weddings look a little different for the time being, but every problem has a solution. Be patient. It may take a complete redesign of your wedding and multiple layout adjustments that leave plan A, B and C far behind. However, we will find that perfect solution and the day will be amazing! At our office, we are focused on how to make every change and new requirement feel intentional and face every challenge with a well thought out plan to create the perfect day. Look to your planning team to facilitate the seamless transition to this “new normal.” This will leave you and your loved ones with a lifetime of memories no matter the event size!


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This is where I love sharing recent weddings and sessions, my travels, and life with my husband, and our three pets. When I'm not capturing a wedding day, I'm often enjoying the outdoors with Garrett, playing with our pups, or finding a new place to call home for the weekend. My passion is telling love stories, and I hope I get to fall in love with telling yours.

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