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How To Have A Memorable And Affordable Micro Wedding in London?

Updated: Apr 11, 2023

A micro wedding in York House
Maddy & Declan / York House - Twickenham

Are you dreaming of a fairytale wedding that's intimate, personalized, and budget-friendly? Well, then you should consider micro weddings!

As the trend of downsizing weddings continues to grow, micro-weddings has become a hot topic.

In this guide, we'll explore the ins and outs of micro weddings, share tips on how to plan one, and highlight some of the most enchanting micro wedding venues in London. So sit back, relax, and get ready to embark on a magical journey toward your dream wedding day!

What is a Reasonable Micro Wedding Budget?

The budget for a micro wedding can vary depending on several factors such as location, number of guests, type of venue, catering, and decor. Generally, a micro wedding is a small wedding with a guest list of 50 people or less, which can significantly reduce costs compared to a larger wedding.

On average couples spend over £1,000 on wedding photography alone, which doesn't even include the cost of a wedding album. In comparison, a reasonable budget to hire a wedding photographer for a micro wedding in London is ranging between £350 - £600, depending on your priorities and preferences. (You may find my "micro weddings photography" package here and if you already have a date please click here to check my availability)

It's essential to keep in mind that your actual wedding costs will depend on your location, the vendors you choose, and your specific needs and preferences. In addition, you can also consider cost-cutting measures such as choosing an off-peak season or day of the week, limiting the bar options, or opting for simpler decor.

Chelsea town hall micro wedding
Chelsea Town Hall Wedding

How Do You Plan a Micro Wedding on a Budget?

Planning a micro wedding in London on a budget requires some creativity and smart decision-making. Well, worry not; we’ve got your back.

Here are some tips to consider:

• Keeping your guest list small is one of the best ways to save money on a wedding. A micro wedding typically includes 20 guests or fewer. This means you can save money on food, drinks, and other expenses.

• Renting a venue can be expensive, so consider hosting your wedding at home or in a public park. Many parks have inexpensive pavilions or other facilities that can be rented for a fraction of the cost of a traditional wedding venue.

• Instead of registering for gifts, ask your friends and family if they can contribute their skills to your wedding. Maybe your friend is a great DJ, or your aunt is a florist.

• There are many aspects of a wedding that you can DIY(do it yourself), such as centerpieces, favors, and decorations. Check out Pinterest for inspiration and tutorials on making your wedding items.

• A beautiful wedding cake can be expensive, so you may want to consider using a dummy cake for the cake-cutting ceremony and serving sheet cake to your guests.

• Consider having your wedding during the off-season or on a weekday.

• Shop around for vendors and compare prices. Be upfront about your budget and see if they can work with you to create a package that fits your needs and budget.

What does a micro wedding ceremony look like?

A micro wedding ceremony typically involves a small group of people, around 20 or more, gathered together to witness a couple of exchange their vows and become married. It is an intimate, highly personalized event that often takes place in a non-traditional setting, usually starting with the ceremony in a local town hall and following a gathering in a local place such as the pub in the corner or a local park, or even in a private residence.

The ceremony itself may be shortened, with just the essential elements such as the exchange of vows and rings. The couple may also choose to incorporate personal touches, such as writing their vows or including cultural or religious traditions.

In terms of decor and style, micro-wedding venues often prioritize simplicity and elegance over grandeur. Couples may opt for minimal floral arrangements or DIY decorations and may choose to forgo formal attire in favor of more casual attire that reflects their personalities and style.

Again, the focus is on intimacy and quality over quantity, with the couple choosing to celebrate with their closest loved ones.

Chelsea Town Hall Wedding
Chelsea Town Hall Wedding

Are Micro Weddings Worth It?

Whether or not a micro wedding is worth it depends on your personal preferences, priorities, and circumstances.

Micro weddings, typically involving fewer guests, can be a great option for couples who prefer a more intimate, low-key celebration focusing on quality time with their closest loved ones.

Additionally, they can also be a great choice for couples who want to reduce their wedding costs, as fewer guests typically mean lower expenses for things like catering, venue rental, and decor.

Let’s not forget that while micro weddings can save money on some expenses, they may also require additional investments in other areas. For instance, you may want to spend more on high-end food and drinks or unique experiences for your guests since you'll have fewer people to cater to.

Final Words!

So, having a micro wedding can be a wonderful way to celebrate your love with the people who matter most to you without breaking the bank. By focusing on the things that are most important to you and being creative with your planning. You can create a memorable and meaningful wedding that reflects your personality and values.

Remember that the key to a successful micro-wedding is to keep things simple, intimate, and personalized and to focus on the love and connection between you and your partner. With these tips in mind, you can have a beautiful and affordable micro wedding that you will cherish for years to come...

We wish you a happy married life ahead!

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