As many of you know, Edsel & Iris, Inc are passionate about our desire to share ideas that help to provide ideas in all facets of life that also lend a hand to earth-friendly sustainability. For example, weddings; they have become an impressive display of all that is wrong with not only opulence but waste. So then how can engaged couples find inspiration in how to use their wedding day to do social and environmental good, while finding beauty in sustainable choices.
2020 was a really tough year, period. However, to plan a wedding became a near impossibility. The pandemic forced couples to cancel and change plans, and the only way to make the event happen was via “micro-weddings”. These mini weddings allowed couples to accommodate guest count limits and social distancing guidelines while still getting the wedding of their dreams.
Life in 2021, it has started to normalize but the micro-wedding trend is one thing we love and we hope it finds sustainablility going forward. Pandemic or not, micro-weddings open the door to many opportunities that traditional weddings just cannot accommodate.
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Micro weddings are similar to a traditional wedding with vendors and guests, but the scale is much smaller. Instead of 200 guests, many have just 20-40. With fewer guests comes a stronger connection between the guests and the couple. At my traditional wedding, I barely had time to greet each guest, much less sit down for a full conversation. With a smaller guest count, this is more possible and I would have had more time to catch up with each guest.
Less stress, Less Money
With large events come complicated logistics, timelines, and to-do lists. And if the stress of planning seems bad, wait until the day of the wedding! Luckily, with micro weddings the logistics are less important. Less people means less logistics and a more flexible schedule. A smaller space means less décor, less set up, and less clean up. We think this simplicity is something to celebrate.
The micro-weddings in 2020 cost between $3,000 and $10,000, which is well below the national average wedding budget. However, couples aren’t skimping in fact, this has allowed for increased comfort and delicious dishes. With fewer guests, couples can afford more options. This also opens opportunities to spend more on higher-quality food or dessert.
It’s true that micro-wedding couples are spending more per person than a traditional wedding, the overall spending is far less. Micro-weddings are a great option for couples with other financial goals that are more important to them than a traditional wedding, like paying down debt or saving for a down payment on a house.
Inclusivity and Intimacy
Now more than ever, couples are ousting tradition to personalize their wedding ceremony and reception. Without the pressure of traditional wedding expectations, couples have the freedom to plan an event that fits them. With the departure from tradition comes the opportunity for creativity. We love the colorful flowers, eccentric themes, and unique styles coming from micro weddings in 2020. We believe this trend will continue. Couples around the world are embracing individuality and personal style over traditional wedding expectations. We can’t wait to see what whimsical, fun ideas micro-weddings will bring next.
Micro-weddings embrace the non-traditional and can be molded into whatever best fits the couple. We love the inclusive aspect of these unique events.
What do you think? Love the micro-wedding? We would love to hear from you here at Edsel and Iris, Inc.