Here at Table Art, we know first-hand how much the global pandemic has changed our way of life during 2020 and 2021.
In and out of restrictions, cancelled or postponed weddings, and lots of devastated brides: the past two years have not been kind to the events industry!
However, one emerging trend that has gained huge momentum (thanks to the pandemic, of all things!) is the micro wedding.
This week, we explore the growth of this trend and the benefits of going small, and invite you to speak to our decor experts to book linen and napkin hire for weddings anywhere across Australia.
What is a micro wedding?
As the name suggests, a micro wedding is an intimate wedding celebration that usually involves no more than 50 guests.
The trend has been growing for several years, but has really been thrust into the spotlight thanks to the pandemic.
As changing rules and regulations put larger, traditional weddings on hold, the rise of the micro wedding has enabled certain rules to be met, increasing the likelihood that a smaller celebration will be able to take place as restrictions (finally!) start to ease.
Who do you invite to a micro wedding?
One of the hardest yet important steps you’ll take when planning your wedding is finalising your guest list.
And if you’re planning a micro wedding, you know that less is indeed more.
In its simplest terms, your guest list for a micro wedding should generally be limited to only close friends and immediate family.
Do not feel obliged to invite plus-ones (especially if you’ve never met them before), and consider an adults-only event, which is another easy way to cut down on some numbers.
You might consider immediate family only, such as parents, siblings, and grandparents, and close friends who have played an integral role with both of you in your relationship.
Some more questions that can help you navigate your choices:
- When was the last time you saw this person?
- Would you catch up one-on-one with this person?
- Do they know the both of you?
- Do you feel obligated to invite this person (they invited you to yours, external pressure)?
Why have a micro wedding?
A smaller wedding can be easier to plan
One of the most celebrated benefits of a micro wedding is that less guests simply means less to plan.
While you’ll still need to work behind the scenes to select a venue, find the perfect outfit, secure a photographer, finalise your menu, and rent tablecloths online, you won’t have to worry about:
- Complicated seating charts
- A long list of group photos
- A blown-out budget
- Venue size constraints
The opportunity to interact with all your guests
Struggling to spend time with all guests has long been touted as one of the most regretful parts of hosting a large wedding.
In a way, it’s become almost acceptable to not spend quality time with guests, however this ends up being something many couples feel guilty over.
On the other side of the coin, a small wedding means a smaller guest list, and that means more opportunity to mingle with those who matter most. A smaller wedding gives a real sense of intimacy as the new bride and groom are surrounded by the ones who mean the most.
Get access to more and unique venues
When searching for the perfect wedding venue, you won’t be constrained by patron capacities. A larger guest list can mean you’re limited to spaces that operate solely as wedding venues.
A smaller guest list means you can look at alternative spaces, like bars and restaurants, hotels, galleries, or even private estates – spaces that usually wouldn’t be able to cater to larger crowds.
Enjoy better peace of mind
A sign of the times: each of us knows all the changes, sacrifices, and adjustments we’ve had to make over the last two years, and as such, understand how quickly things can change.
And while there are no guarantees for the changes we’ll see as restrictions start to ease, depending on the rules, you may not need to cancel or reschedule a smaller wedding celebration.
As we said earlier, the trend was gaining momentum even before the pandemic, and ever since, has catapulted in popularity.
It’s no wonder, really: a more intimate affair, great cost savings, and a less stressful planning experience. It might not be the fairytale wedding you dreamed of as a kid, but it’s certainly still set to be a special, intimate occasion filled with love.
Are more people having smaller weddings?
They certainly are.
And while some people chose a micro wedding out of necessity, others are jumping on board the trend with smiles on their faces and a whole lot less stress on their shoulders.
Micro weddings strike the perfect compromise for those who are unsure of a large wedding but still want something more than a trip to the courthouse.
In an industry that is worth somewhere between $3.6 billion and $9.5 billion (and that’s just in Australia!), it’s no wonder savvy couples are looking for clever and unique ways to cut their costs while still cutting loose on the dance floor!
What do you need for a micro wedding?
Now that we’ve covered tips for curating your guest list and the opportunity for venues you might have otherwise overlooked, it’s time to get to one of the most important parts of your wedding: the decor!
From the flowers and the altar to the cutlery and of course, the table linen, your decor is the most important aesthetic element of your wedding (besides your outfit, of course).
You’re only limited by your imagination, so whether you prefer a boho theme or a classic, romantic feel, each element of your decor ties together to reflect this.
At Table Art, we are passionate about helping you create the perfect wedding aesthetic – and it all starts with your decor. Whether you’re searching for black table linen hire for a glamorous affair, or love the idea of a whimsical, romantic theme.
Our linen experts are here to help, so feel free to get in touch with us to ask about table linen sizes, colours, and fabrics, or send through your trestle table dimensions and we can help you understand the types of linens you’ll need.
Considering a micro wedding?
We don’t blame you: a smaller and more intimate affair that doesn’t sacrifice your opportunity to celebrate? We can certainly get on board.
Whether you’ve got a guest list of 50 or 500, Table Art will help tie in your theme together, all thanks to high quality linens that set the tone for the rest of your decor.
If you’d like to enquire about table linen in Melbourne, Sydney, or anywhere else in Australia, contact us today.