Micro Weddings vs. Minimonies

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The age of COVID-19 has certainly changed the world of weddings, and with those changes comes some unfamiliar terms. If you’re planning your wedding and are confused on what the difference is between micro weddings and minimonies, you’re not alone! Use these details on what each entails so that you can make the most informed decision as to what works for you and your future spouse as you exchange vows.

What Is a Micro Wedding?

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Micro weddings are growing in popularity due to the pandemic, but not everyone is clued into what this suddenly popular phrase in the wedding world even means. Micro weddings refer to events that are smaller and more intimate than a typical wedding. These events typically consist of 30 to 50 guests or less—making them pretty small! These guests are usually family members and very close friends only.

Micro weddings “count” as your wedding day—meaning that you’re not having a small affair with the idea of having a larger event down the road once COVID-19 is a thing of the past (or any other factor that may affect your wedding celebration such as finances or location). These types of weddings are usually at unique venues and are super personalized to your small guest list and the preferences of the couple tying the knot.

This type of wedding is often confused with an elopement. Where they differ is in the fact that elopements are traditionally only attended by the couple and a witness and they’re often done in secret. Micro weddings can be compared to a cross between an elopement and a more traditional, large-scale wedding. They’re a great way to bridge the two ideas, making them a compromise for couples who can’t decide between an intimate elopement or a regular wedding.

Micro weddings are also a fabulous way to save money on your wedding due to a smaller guest count. However, many couples still spend their full budget on this type of wedding to make it a special experience for the guests who are there. Some couples opt to pay for their guests’ hotel rooms for the weekend and focus a lot of their budget towards the details of their wedding, which likely wouldn’t be possible for an event with over 100 people.

What Is a Minimony?

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Next up is minimonies, which are often confused with micro weddings but in fact are quite different. That doesn’t negate their current popularity, though, as many couples are using this type of event to bridge the gap in their event that COVID-19 has created.

The term minimony refers to a mini ceremony that acts as a moment of commitment between you and your fiancé. These events are typically shared with your nearest and dearest loved ones rather than a large group. Usually, these events are attended by 10 people or less. Most couples who participate in minimonies intend to eventually have a larger-scale wedding or at least a large reception with more guests to celebrate their marriage.

Many couples are opting to carry out minimonies given the uncertainty that revolves around the coronavirus pandemic. Rather than wait to get married, these couples have decided to officially tie the knot with these mini ceremonies. These are very popular amidst the pandemic due to their small size and, thus, the ability for guests to safely social distance while attending the marriage ceremony. This is also a nice and doable way to honor your originally planned wedding date if your wedding and reception had to be postponed in some way due to the pandemic. Minimonies allow couples to be legally married on the date they originally intended to.

Minimonies also include some of the things that a regular wedding ceremony would. For instance, an officiant is needed, whether it be a loved one or a hired officiant. This can be in-person or there are options in most states to do this virtually, too. You can choose to have a professional photographer there. You’ll also want to consider having hair and makeup artists there to primp you for your walk down the aisle. You may want to enlist in a florist to make some decorations as well as your bouquet and boutonniere. Finally, a pastry chef could make a small wedding cake.

Clearly, micro weddings and minimonies are actually quite different, although both are popular options in the world today. With that being said, consider both if you’re looking to go a different route than a more traditional wedding.

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