Crafting the dream wedding isn’t exactly cheap. From the dress down to the table settings, it can add up quicker than a bar tab. According to The Knot’s 2016 Real Weddings Survey, the average cost for a wedding last year was US $35,329. That’s a fair whack of canapés and champagne.
But while costs have ballooned, guest lists have shrunk. The same report found that the average number of wedding guests was down to 141 in 2016, compared with 149 in 2009. Sure, running away and eloping cuts a considerable number of costs out (how much cake can two people realistically eat?) it leaves those in the middle with few options.
The solution? A “microwedding.” Unlike an elopement (which is organized by the bride and groom in secret) a microwedding retains the structure of a traditional wedding, except on a smaller scale – with a ceremony of 15 guests or fewer. According to founder of IntimateWeddings.com, Christina Friedrichsen, there is some merit to streamlining your nuptials.
“There is an overall trend towards minimalism and simplicity and that goes for weddings too. Planning a traditional wedding takes a great deal of time and energy,” Friedrichsen told The New York Times. “So many people are overwhelmed just dealing with the pressures of day-to-day life; they simply don’t want the added stress of orchestrating a large event. Decision fatigue is real; a tiny wedding helps to alleviate some of that.”
But small scale doesn’t necessarily mean drama-free. Be prepared to manage the expectations of friends and family members that thought they would be invited but didn’t make the cut. Likewise, micro still costs money. Even though there are fewer mouths to feed, companies still charge wedding prices for wedding services. Plus, you still have all of those same considerations: weather, transportation, flowers, music and photography included.
After all, it still costs a lot of cash to look “casual” and chic.
From: The New York Post