5 Reasons Why a Micro Wedding May Not Work for You

A bride and groom getting married in a church with guests behind them in pews.

Over the last few years, micro weddings have become all the rage. It makes sense. Wedding planning is a huge undertaking and with recent COVID restrictions, choosing a micro wedding has been a popular option for many couples. (Just a refresher: a micro wedding is a celebration with typically less than 50 people and the usual wedding traditions are done at a much smaller scale with a smaller budget.) Micro weddings are darling and can definitely work for a number of people—but that doesn’t mean they will work for you. If you’re considering a more intimate affair for your big day but are struggling with whether or not it’s the right decision, here are five reasons why a micro wedding may not work for you.

1. You Can’t Invite a Lot of People

Wedding guests taking selfies on their phones.

The whole point of a micro wedding is to keep it small, which means you may be doing a ton of trimming when it comes to your guest list. If you or your fiancé come from big families or have expansive and close friend groups, this might not be the best option for you. Those closest to you will definitely be hurt if they’re not invited and chances are that you’ll probably be disappointed if they weren’t there, too. So why even do that to yourself if you don’t have to? Weddings should include those whom you love the most!

2. Some Guests Might Not Be Able to Attend

Reality check: just because you whittled down your guest list to 50 or less people doesn’t mean they’ll all show for the wedding. That’s a fact; not every invited wedding guest will be able to make it to your big day. If 10 or more people can’t make it to a huge wedding, you’ll barely notice. But if 10 or more people can’t make it to a micro wedding, you will definitely notice it. The impact financially and emotionally might be a lot to handle. If you’re not prepared for that loss, then maybe a micro wedding isn’t for you.

3. You Won’t Have a Lot of Fanfare

A bride and groom entering their reception.

This might be an obvious point, but it’s worth mentioning. If you’re someone who’s always dreamed of a big wedding with all the bells and whistles, including a large-scale venue and amazing entertainment along with a bunch of cute extras like a photo booth and a midnight snack table then…a micro wedding isn’t for you. A micro wedding in its essence is a more intimate and small affair, so there’s really no need for a large venue or any of those fun extras. If you’re someone who wants the big wedding with the details, a micro wedding isn’t for you.

4. You Might Not Receive Financial Help from Family

If you’re someone who’s lucky to receive financial support from your family for a wedding, then a micro wedding might be a tough sell for them. Typically, parents who are financially invested in their offspring’s wedding will want a bigger event, especially one in which their friends and family are able to attend. Some parents might not mind and might even prefer a smaller wedding with a smaller budget—but if you think your parents won’t be as easygoing then…a micro wedding probably isn’t your best bet.

5. Some Traditions Might Be Pared Down or Not Done at All

A bachelorette party on the beach with pastel-colored smoke bombs.

With a more intimate wedding, there’s the possibility that some traditions might be pared down or not done altogether, including a bridal shower, bachelorette, or bachelor party. Some micro weddings might not even require a huge wedding party depending on just how small you want your big day to be. Depending on how many people you’re planning to invite and the size of your bridal party, it might not be worth it to have events like a shower or party because there’s just not a lot of people to invite. Likewise, you might not even receive a ton of support with the wedding planning if you’re not having a wedding party or having a smaller one than normal. These are things to consider before planning on a micro wedding.

Micro weddings are amazing and can work for a lot of couples. However, there are reasons why they might not work for you, and if that’s the case, it’s totally OK. As they say—go big home or go home!

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