Many aspects of life at the Museum have been touched by the changes of the past year, including event rentals. But despite calls for social distancing, mask wearing, and capacity restrictions, events have adapted. It goes without saying that 2020 forced many couples to rethink, postpone or cancel their traditional wedding plans due to the pandemic. Large parties turned into intimate gatherings. Families traveling from across the country can now tune into a live stream. Instead of stressing over pleasing hundreds of guests, couples are enjoying the company of a close group. Although intimate weddings have always been a niche preference for some couples, the trend has accelerated. Both micro weddings and minimonies are characterized by smaller guest counts but have a few differences that make them better suited for different couples.
What is a Micro Wedding?
A micro wedding has no more than 50 guests, otherwise, they are similar to a large-scale wedding. While this might not be the grand affair some dreamed of, a smaller guest list comes with its perks-and can still be extravagant. In some cases, even more so. I can imagine a bride reading this, who previously had a 200-person wedding planned, absolutely dismissing this idea for her wedding. However, you may be surprised by the perks that come along with a smaller guest count.
Oftentimes, a wedding budget forces couples to compromise on a few details to accommodate more guests. With a micro wedding, couples can either save money or stick to a large budget and maximize the experience. For example, splurging on a fancier dinner, swapping garden chairs for chivari or ghost chairs, upgrading from a cash bar to an open bar, having a band instead of a DJ, or even allocating more money to the honeymoon.
This model is very similar to destination weddings, which typically have smaller guest counts and cater to guests by paying for hotel rooms, attractions, and outings. With this in mind, couples could look at a micro weddings as a staycation wedding-booking stays and activities right here in Jacksonville that will make for an unforgettable event.