You might have seen the words Micro Weddings or Elopements being used a lot lately in wedding media. You might have also heard this is the next big trend in the wedding industry. But what is the difference and which option, if any, should you choose?
In the time of Coronavirus, the number of guests per wedding has been limited to 100, 50 or even less, depending on each country. In the times when the new upcoming trend is downsizing your guest list, you need to decide what is more important to you! Is that going ahead with your wedding or to wait for the better days when you can all party together again?
Each bride and groom are different and everyone has their own priorities. Maybe your wedding is time sensitive. Or you really just want to start your joint wedded life as soon as possible and cannot wait any longer. Then again, maybe you simply value the true authentic experience over anything else?
If this is you, you can still do this! You can still have your destination wedding in Greece one way or another.
Many couples had to postpone their destination wedding in Greece in the past year, but many also went through with their wedding though altering the initial plans. These couples chose to cut down on the guest list and decided to elope or have their micro wedding in Greece.
So which one is the best for you and what is really the difference?
When two people in love run away secretly to get married. However, through the years destination elopements have evolved to so much more. It is not just about the secret getaway anymore. Today elopements can mean different things to different people.
Usually it’s just the two of you. However, some couples decide to bring their children or witnesses which could be just the closest family or friends. Then again, this can quickly turn into a micro wedding!
What are the benefits?
An elopement will give you the benefit of experiencing a totally intimate and authentic wedding day. The whole ceremony and the whole day will be focused on just the two of you. So make it the way you always wanted! This means no family drama and no guest greetings! Which also leads to less stress and less things to possibly go wrong.
Upgrade it with a live stream video session, which means your friends and family can experience the joy with you from the comforts of their home!
If you live your life by own your rules and you love the adventure, then an elopement might be the way to go! Make sure to make it special and perfect for you. With the extra funds, you can invest in the best photographer and videographer to capture it all for eternity. And after, you can continue your honeymoon island hopping around Greece or pampering yourself in the top all-inclusive honeymoon suites!
Micro wedding is:
Basically a small wedding with an intimate guests list. These would only be your family and/or closest friends. This could be anywhere from 5 up to 20 people. It’s essentially a smaller sized wedding celebration. You can choose to make your ceremony simpler and the reception more casual. Or take the opportunity to go all out with elaborate luxury design and unforgettable experience for your few elite guests.
Micro weddings are something between traditional weddings and elopements. This means you can still enjoy some benefits of the elopement like few fun luxury days with just a few close friends and family.
Benefits of a Micro Wedding:
As your wedding is smaller, this means you will have a greater selection of unique and non-traditional wedding venues for your disposal. Especially if you are planning your destination wedding on a small Greek island like Santorini, where space is limited!
You can easily make it into a wedding week. Because your wedding budget will be automatically lower, this means you can splash out on things like prolonged wedding experience for you and your few selected VIP guests and upgrade the amenities and activities. Make the moments memorable and last longer!
Smaller wedding leads to less planning, less stress and worry. You can change and adjust dates and time lines or even change or add venues and activities easier if necessary. Especially in these uncertain times when the rules are constantly changing.
Micro wedding is the opportunity to cut your guest list and spend quality time with people you really want to spend time with while enjoying all the luxuries of the destination wedding.
So, Micro Weddings or Elopements? Which one if any are for you?
When it comes to Destination Weddings in Greece, Micro Weddings and Elopements are actually quite common. For many years now, brides opt for smaller celebrations when it comes to a destination wedding. However, if these options are not for you and you cannot cut down on your guest list, even during the corona pandemic, you will have to plan wisely. You will need to choose the right moment when everyone can travel, and if you are lucky enough you will get to have your big Greek fat wedding after all!
Now, get ready to elope to Greece!
Image Credits of this Elopement:
Creative Direction, Styling & Flowers / The Isle
Photography / Stefano Santucci
Videography / Lewis Martin
Venue / Ios Club
Stationery / Valencia
Tableware / White Lilac Rentals
Candles and fabric / The Isle
Cake / Elsie for The Isle
Hair and Makeup / Emily Hill Artistry
Bridal gown / Natalie Rolt
Jewellery / Theros Jewellery