Personalise the event – a smaller gathering means that you can really personalise your day. Make it a true reflection of your personality by sharing some of your favourite things with your favourite people. Serve signature cocktails to transform a standard drinks service into something, which people will truly remember. With more scope to be bespoke, create the theme, décor and ultimately the vibe you want.
Menu – One of the biggest advantages of a micro wedding is the ability to go extravagant with your menu. Smaller guest numbers will allow caterers to focus more on the food quality as couples may have a larger spend per guest ratio. This could be reflected in upgrading to offer your guests Champagne instead of Prosecco or going all out on a ‘tasting menu’ with a series of sumptuous courses.
A micro wedding gives to you the opportunity to really be decadent with the presentation of your food and host a quality experience with your guests.
Pick the right venue – Although larger venues may say that they can host smaller weddings, the atmosphere might not be right for your numbers. The biggest benefit of not having to hire a large space is that you can open the doors to some unique spaces for longer durations. If your budget allows, why not consider turning the event into a multiple-day gathering. Guests could meet for an intimate supper on the night before the big day as well as a brunch before everyone heads off home after.
Spend more time with your guests – as a wedding planner, one of the comments we hear most often is about the day going too quickly. A micro wedding really gives you the opportunity to spend quality time with your selected party. Smaller numbers mean that you can potentially work towards a more relaxed running order during the day. Having this extra time and not having to rush between celebrations means that you have more time to chat and enjoy the experience!
Environment – If you are mindful of the waste that a large-scale wedding produces then a micro wedding could be the answer for you. Lower the carbon footprint of your wedding with fewer guests travelling and therefore consuming. By having a smaller guest list, you also have more scope to make sure that food is locally sourced, your venue recycles waste efficiently and any décor used on the day is ethically sourced.
Personalise, personalise, personalise – With a micro, intimate wedding, this is the perfect opportunity to incorporate many personal touches into the wedding. Think about all the details – from handwritten notes the couple could write to each guest to personalised menus hand-scribed in calligraphy.
Couples will want to express their personality and style and put their unique stamp on their stationery. This can be achieved through illustrations and custom-designed monograms, for example. Meaningful quotations, favourite song lyrics or cultural proverbs and sayings are also wonderful ways to express a couple’s individuality. Personalising a couple’s unique love story is what it’s all about. Also, consider ways on how your guests can interact with each other.
Stationery details can include lined envelopes for your invitations, which reflect the wedding theme or colour palette, wax seals on menus, creative ‘advice for the newlyweds’ cards for guests to complete and playful drinks coasters.
Personal wedding favour keepsakes will be treasured. With fewer guests, why not plant a tree in the name of each guest as their wedding favour – everlasting as well as giving back to the environment.
Being inclusive – Embrace all cultures, heritages and genders in a genuine and inclusive way that respects and honours them.
Signage – Be creative with your signage. These can be fun and quirky to show your personality. Have a ‘Wedding Safety arrangements’ at the entrance of your wedding, to be informative and to reassure guests that safety is a priority.
Have signs for the dance floor or for the hand sanitiser station. These can be light-hearted with fun sayings and can match the rest of the ‘on the day’ stationery – for example ‘you may air kiss the bride’, ‘elbow pumps only’, dance floor move 2 metres apart’, ‘hand sanitiser station’ and ‘germ buster station’.
Ideas from ANANYA CARDS (https://www.ananyacards.com/) – SOPHISTICATED WEDDING AND EVENT STATIONERY FOR MOMENTOUS CELEBRATIONS RICH IN PERSONALITY AND CULTURE
Although not ideal, if you really don’t want to give up one of your allocated guest spaces to a professional photographer, then you could always think about asking your guests to take your photos for you. In order to get the best out of their amateur photography skills, why not book a private Smartphone Photography masterclass with Jet Black Squares for you and your guests to do before the big day so you can all learn the tricks of the trade. This is not only a great excuse to get together beforehand (it can even be tied into a hen/stag do), but you can learn a new skill, have a few drinks and have fun while you are doing it.
Smartphone cameras have come a long way in the last 5 years. While I’m not suggesting that a phone can replace a professional camera (yet!), there are certainly some tips and tricks that you can learn to make sure that your photos are composed better, lit correctly and edited perfectly. The last thing you want to see at your wedding is a wall of phones in the air, so it may be worthwhile asking just a few friends to be ‘chief’ photographers during the ceremony so it isn’t too distracting, and then letting all your friends go wild with their phones as the celebrations continue. Strategically place your chosen guests so they can get the best angles, e.g. one at the front (to capture the all-important rings and kiss) and one at the back (to get the long shots and walk out of the venue).
Editing the photos is a must. Jet at Jet Black Squares recommends the free editing app SNAPSEED to do this. It’s best to agree on an editing style beforehand, so when your guests all send through their photos to you, they would have a consistent look and feel for your album.
Finally, enjoy your day. Your friend’s and family will capture moments that you didn’t notice, they will take the little detail shots, the dress, the food, the cake and most importantly, the smiles.
Jet Black Squares’ private smartphone safaris are totally bespoke and are designed around you and your guests. You may want to explore London’s Southbank, soak up the atmosphere in Brighton, take in the culture in Cambridge or Oxford or even hop on the Eurostar to enjoy the sights of Paris. Social distancing isn’t a problem either as all sessions and refreshments are taken outside with your own equipment (smartphone).
If you are having a micro wedding it’s a thoughtful idea to connect all the people that are present together; to create a great ambience.
1-Ask all your guests to say a few words. It could make your day very memorable and show the different characters of the attendees. But do ask them in advance to prepare – it could be well wishes or a little anecdote… just a minute or two will be fabulous. Each person can read a little note they have written and these can become lovely keepsakes for you to reread later.
2-Ask your wedding guests to bring a photograph or two of you and them together to display on a lovely styled table. It creates an immediate connection between the guests who will have fun either remembering certain events or encouraging them to ask questions. It’s an immediate icebreaker. You can then create an album with the photos from your day and the ones they have brought. The photographs can also be kept in an envelope cushion to bring out every anniversary and reminisce.
3-Ask if you are having lunch or dinner it is really lovely to rotate the guests in between each course so everybody gets to chat with others and people they might not know so well. You can also create handwritten menus and leave each guest with a little gift to take away.
4- Ask If you can concentrate on the ceremony being even more intimate and special- having your favourite musician or reading your vows or a special poem to each other. It feels less intimidating than doing it to a much larger crowd. You can also make the exchange of the rings special by presenting them on a ring cushion for everybody to see and the photographer to catch beautiful pictures.