Are you are thinking of changing your wedding plans to a ‘micro wedding’ due to the restrictions? If you are unsure whether it is right for you, maybe our first-hand experience of our ‘micro wedding’ 9 years ago may help.
We didn’t know it was called a ‘micro wedding’ then, but we had decided that we didn’t want a large party, just an intimate celebration. So we made a short-list of places that had special meaning to us. We chose The Torridon Hotel, Loch Torridon, Scotland as the stunning scenery had a special place in our hearts. As well as the Highland Cows (or Coos!).
We only invited our parents, siblings and partners and our daughter with her friend. All our family understood keeping the guest list small and there weren’t any problems regarding pressure to invite others. All in all, we invited 10 people and with ourselves that made a total of 12.
As we lived a few hundred miles way, we sought the hotels advice regarding suppliers which was superb. They recommended the photographer and florist as local people’s expertise is invaluable if you aren’t sure of the area yourself. They also advised us on the registrar and we were able to book the date over the phone. The registrar was very accommodating due to our distance and even ‘faxed’ us the documentation we needed.
We decided to have a late afternoon ceremony at 4pm. This gave us enough time afterwards for a celebration drink and photographs, without feeling that we were killing time before our reception meal at 6:30pm.
We were so glad the we booked a professional photographer. As we had stunning pictures to show the rest of the family, but also a great reminder of the day. The photographer offered to take photos of each couple, which has given us some beautiful photos of our loved ones. She also took some natural and casual shots before and after the ceremony, showing the relaxed atmosphere of the day.
The hotel helped us book a bagpiper for music as Rachel walked down the aisle (well when in Scotland!). He also played outside in the grounds before and during the photos which really helped create a special atmosphere. The local florist knew which style of displays would look best around the hotel. So all we had to do was let her know our colour scheme which was cream, champagne gold and chocolate. Rachel wanted a relaxed hand tied bouquet so we relied on her expertise, which was spot on.
The day was so special and relaxed, that the only time we were a little nervous was when we had to repeat the words after the registrar! As he had a strong Scottish accent we didn’t want to get them wrong!! But that bit was over in a flash and we were able to listen to our guests heartfelt readings. Then we walked out as a married couple to the bagpiper’s music for a glass of champagne and photographs.
Our timings were perfect. Sitting down for a relaxing family evening meal at 6:30pm naturally led into a few words from parents and Graham between courses without anyone feeling stressed about giving speeches. After the meal we cut the cake (which we had made and took with us) to have with coffee. Then it was late evening, time to let off some lanterns over the loch, the end of a perfect day.
So, would we recommend a ‘micro wedding’? Although this isn’t for everybody (especially if you want a large party), we would say ‘Yes’. It gives you plenty of special memories with your nearest and dearest without all the stress and strain. It also gives you plenty of time to spend with your husband or wife. After all, it is your union and celebration of love that this special day is about!
What is a 'micro wedding'?
A micro wedding is a small intimate wedding of less than 20 guests usually quite relaxed in style.
Are 'micro weddings' better?
Being surrounded by close family and friends you can feel more relaxed and ‘at home’ with your guests.
How do you have a 'micro wedding'?
Pick a venue, chose what suppliers you want, dress up (or down as you wish), make it meaningful and have photographs as a wonderful reminder.