Sometimes, less is more — which is maybe why micro-weddings are having a bit of a moment. As a Vancouver, Washington wedding planner, I’ve seen more than a few couples in the Pacific Northwest forgo the traditional big day for something a little smaller — but every bit as special. Micro-weddings have so many advantages — and you can make them just as unique, glamorous, and exciting as any other wedding, with just as much of your personality shining through. In fact, with fewer guests and elements to worry about, you can often put a lot more time, energy, and money into the details that really matter to you or, possibly, splurge on a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon!
Like the idea of a tiny wedding — or even a micro-wedding? Here’s what you need to know.
You Can Still Fill Your Day With Beautiful Details
If you like the idea of a micro-wedding, it’s important to remember that you can still go all-out. Want to make sure it’s a lavish day you never forget? I’ve seen couples go full glam with a stylist and makeup artist, along with a professional photographer, great flowers and your dream dress. Or perhaps you’re all about the vibe? You can hire a special officiant to perform memorable ceremonies or hire a private chef to prepare a gourmet meal onsite. With proper wedding coordination, you can have tiny weddings with color schemes, decorations, and every detail you can think of. You don’t have to limit yourself.
They’re So Budget-Friendly
Truth talk: weddings are expensive. And some couples, between a mortgage or student loans or trying to save, just don’t have that much to spare. That’s OK! Great wedding planning is all about maximizing your budget and, even more importantly, making it a special day with the people you care about most. With fewer people to think about, your budget goes so much further — and you can make the day feel truly special, without feeling like you’ve come out in the red.
More Options For Amazing Settings
If you go for a tiny wedding or a micro-wedding, you really open up your venue options — especially when it comes to locations throughout the Pacific Northwest. If you want to stay right here and have your wedding in Vancouver, WA, there are many downtown Vancouver locations to choose from including a brand new Waterfront on the Columbia River. You can find unique settings for a wedding all over Portland, OR — or go a little more adventurous and choose one of the many waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge or scenic views all along the Oregon coast from Cannon Beach to Coos Bay. As a Vancouver wedding planner, I’ve seen many couples go for tiny weddings in spectacular locations that just couldn’t fit a huge wedding party or a lot of guests; sometimes these areas require a bit of a hike so you’re limited to inviting those who you are certain can make the trek. You've got a lot of flexibility and seemingly endless backdrops.
You Remove So Much Stress — Invite The People You Care About Most
I love my job as a Vancouver wedding planner — and I’m always here to make the couple’s life as easy as possible. But with a tiny wedding or micro-wedding, it’s easy to see how you can remove a lot of the stress, just by dealing with fewer elements and including a fewer number of people. I’ve been a witness to a couple who wanted the day to be just the two of them — or you can expand your wedding coordination and have a handful of your closest friends and family.
Either way, you won’t be juggling as many balls as you would with a traditional, large ceremony and reception — the wedding coordination is way easier and you can put more energy into enjoying your day with your new spouse. (And maybe a few of your closest friends and family... if you want them there, of course!)
Micro-weddings may be relatively new, but my sense as a wedding planner is that micro-weddings and tiny weddings are here to stay. Not only are they great value and should be way less stressful, but they also open up a whole new world of possibilities. If you’re interested, get in touch and let’s start planning your tiny wedding together!
Location: Neskowin, OR (private home, wildlife area, Neskowin State Beach, Pacific Ocean)
Planner: 1000 Stories Events, Vancouver, WA
Photography: Kilen Murphy Photography, Vancouver, WA
Hair and Makeup: Marina Haynes, Aloha, OR
Flowers: Bella Bloom Floral, Sherwood, OR
Dress: A & Be Bridal, Portland
Officiant: Carolyn Greenwood, Tillamook, OR
Chef: Jonathan Hoffman Chef’s Table, Cannon Beach, OR