When it comes to planning your big day, bigger isn’t always better.

For the bride on a budget, a wedding tab can quickly seem out of reach, and trimming without sacrificing can seem next to impossible. For many, the pressure of who to invite is the biggest challenge of all. The reality is that you can’t (and shouldn't) invite everyone. At the end of the day, this your wedding, and it should be as memorable and seamless as the love you are celebrating.


Introducing the micro wedding- a growing approach to budget weddings. Intimate weddings allow you to do more with less, focusing on the small touches that make this important day everything you’ve ever wanted. And better yet, you and your fiancé can focus your time and energy making a small-scale event perfectly you.


1. More Time (And Money) For The Little Things

A smaller event means that you have less to worry about, so you can focus on the fun, creative wedding elements that you’ve had earmarked since the dawn of Pinterest. A smaller guest list allows you and your partner to select from more boutique venues; higher-end decor; and creative gifts, props and signage that so often fall by the wayside when a bride is charged with managing a large wedding. Most importantly, you have the time to make all of this come together- often without DIY everything, or needing the support of a wedding planner (a major plus for the budget-conscious bride).


2. The Perks of Being Present

What’s any bride’s biggest regret? Being spread too thin to truly be present at her special day. As with any large event, there is simply no way to focus 100% of your attention on each guest. Reducing the guest list means that you can spend less time worrying about the event itself and more time focused on the people around you. Seating arrangements, event flow, schedule, event design- large weddings, by nature, demand near perfection to keep the event running smoothly. A smaller event can be more organic, which allows a bride to stay present with less to worry about.


3. Everyone Will Understand

This is 2018. Not only will friends and extended family be understanding about your choice to have a small wedding, they will likely go out of their way to attend any other celebrations you choose to hold in the wake your big day. Engagement parties, wedding showers- maybe even a post-wedding celebration with friends. An intimate wedding doesn’t mean anyone is left out; if anything, it allows for special moments to be shared with more people, in more ways- all of which doesn’t have to be done on your dime.


4. Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

Gone are the days of wedding vs. elopement, with the option to celebrate your nuptials with a micro wedding. Plus, you don’t have to sacrifice anything with a small wedding. Want wedding photos? Hire a wedding photographer. Want your dream dress? Wear it. Want an extravagant wedding cake? Have your cake- and eat it too (pun intended). These classic wedding elements are not lost in your choice to have an intimate wedding, and you don’t have to elope to save money. Identify a small group of immediate family and closest friends- even if it’s only 10 people- and host the wedding of your dreams without sparing any details that you’ve always wanted.


When you’re ready to take the next step in your wedding planning, close your eyes and envision your big day. If this vision includes delicate details and closest family and friends, you should consider exploring micro wedding options. Need inspiration? Check out one of our favorite micro weddings and learn how to Marry Micro at Wild Dunes Resort!
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