Weddings are among the most important events in our lifetimes and deserve to be celebrated in the manner best suited to each couple—it’s your day after all. Traditionally, weddings are grand events held in parks, cathedrals, and ballrooms. In recent years, however, several alternative wedding options have begun to gain  

popularity among younger couples, the most popular of which are micro weddings and minimonies. Both event types focus on downsizing the wedding ceremony, saving money, and improving the wedding experience for both guests and couples alike.  

Micro Weddings: Intimate and Sentimental

A micro wedding is a scaled-down version of a grand traditional wedding and typically accommodates anywhere between 50 and 200 guests, most of whom consist of family and close friends.  

Because micro weddings are so much smaller than a traditional wedding, they tend to cost less, leaving a larger portion of the budget available for personalized extras like custom-printed wedding favors or elaborate and personally meaningful decorations. With fewer guests to accommodate, couples are also able to interact with a larger portion of their guests, establishing an atmosphere of intimacy across the whole venue.  

In addition, couples who opt for micro weddings can put their savings toward their new life together, whether that means a honeymoon or a house.

Minimony: Love in Simplicity 

In this day and age, extremely small wedding ceremonies are closely associated with the centuries-old tradition of elopement. Nevertheless, a new form of matrimony, known as minimony, borrows the frugality of elopement—without the secrecy. Minimonies are even smaller than micro weddings, with ceremonies often consisting of the couple and their families, or even just the couple themselves. Minimonies can be held on their own, or they can be used as a prelude to a larger event, such as a reception or wedding party.  

Minimonies are excellent options for couples on a tight budget and couples who desire privacy during their ceremony, which grand weddings or even micro weddings simply can’t offer. 

AN infographic explaining the benefits of small ceremonies. It has sections titled "maintain privacy," "take control," and "save money."

Choosing the Right Wedding Option at Blackberry Ridge 

When deciding between a micro wedding or minimony, consider your priorities. If you have a larger budget and want to share your love story with as many people as possible, you might not want to hold a micro wedding or a minimony—a grand, traditional wedding might be perfect for you.  

On the other hand, if you want to save money or produce a down-home, small-town atmosphere at your ceremony, you can certainly do so with a micro wedding. By cutting costs and keeping the guest list small, you can exercise more complete control over your big day. If you desire privacy and don’t want to entangle yourself in the stressful world of wedding planning, minimonies are a valid option and, done right, can be just as meaningful and fulfilling as the largest wedding.  

No matter which option you choose, Blackberry Ridge can help bring your vision to life. With our wealth of experience and dedication to creating memorable events, we’ll ensure that your special day is everything you’ve dreamed of and more. 

Contact us today to discuss your options and start designing the wedding experience of your dreams!