Micro weddings are the most intimate of celebrations, perfect for your guest list of 15. A micro wedding means you can get married now, which is perfect if you don’t want to postpone your wedding until next year. Enjoy the journey and your dream wedding will become the reality. This will be the best day of your lives. Here are our 5 top tips to help you plan your micro wedding.
1. Think big on a micro wedding scale
This is one of the most important days you will ever have to plan so we always say “go all out to make it amazing.” All love stories are beautiful and yours is going to be the best. It doesn’t have to be a big wedding to appear big!
You may be having an intimate wedding but you can keep all the traditions you always wanted – your exquisite dress, your favourite flowers in the colours you have always wanted, a photographer to capture every moment of your day and the awe-inspiring wedding cake that looks and tastes fantastic.
2 Your micro wedding venue
Venues are open and want to help you create your dream wedding. Choose the venue to suit you. Talk to their wedding coordinator about potentially holding your ceremony in a more intimate setting, which might not be their traditional wedding space. Did you know some venues e.g The Barnyard at Upchurch hold twilight weddings? How romantic to be married by candlelight.
Instead of separate tables, choose fine dining, where you and your guests (carefully socially distanced where necessary of course) can sit around one large table. This allows you to sit with all of your guests and talk to them all. It gives a much more relaxed and intimate feel to your reception, rather like having a dinner party, just on a larger scale and definitely more elaborate. Go to town with your table settings, have an abundance of flowers and candles creating a stunning dining experience. The table design for Yewande and Harry designed by Miriam Faith at The Landmark in London was exactly like that.
If your venue is using their traditional wedding room, why don’t you arrange with them to create a more intimate space, perhaps by having a beautiful backdrop or screen making everything feel that bit more special.
3 Extra special guests
The guests you invite to your micro wedding will be those who mean the absolute most to you. You may have had your heart set on a large guest list, but this new group of very important guests will make your day even more special. During the marriage ceremony your guests could sit carefully around you allowing them to really feel part of your day.
Although it’s regrettable that not everyone can be with you in person, ask your photographer or videographer to live stream your wedding ceremony to them. Everyone, but everyone is a Zoom expert now and they too can become part of your gorgeous day.
It’s been amazing to hear from couples, such as Victoria and Glen who held their intimate micro wedding at The Orangery. They said that they thought it might be sad having such a small wedding with so many of their friends and family not able to come, and other plans derailed, but actually it probably made it a lot more touching and meaningful, especially since they hadn’t seen some of the guests for months.
4 Your micro wedding cake
Do you need a wedding cake? Yes, of course you do. Cutting your cake is a tradition that you must not miss out on! You may be having a micro wedding, but your cake doesn’t have to be small. You want the wedding cake of your dreams and if this is a four tier extravaganza, then have it. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be all real cake. This is where dummy cakes (imitation tiers) come into their own. They are iced and decorated exactly as the other tiers of your wedding cake. Only you and your venue need to know.
For those guests you’re unable to invite in person you can send slices of your dazzling wedding cake to them, perhaps with a beautiful photo of you both cutting the cake. A lovely thought would also be to give some of your cake to your mums and dads to enjoy.
If you prefer a smaller wedding cake, you can still have the exact cake design you always wanted. Think elegant, romantic and of course still statement, whatever the size of cake.
Your wedding cake is a huge part of your planning and preparation. Talk to us, your wedding cake designer, who are here to help you design and create the cake you want. Choose the most exquisite, handmade sugar flowers that we’ll have made petal by sugar petal for you. Of course, you can keep these forever. You might decide to have a glorious party to celebrate your first wedding anniversary and these sugar flowers will look amazing added to the cake we can create for that special day.
5 You’re getting married!
Your wedding is about the both of you whether in an intimate setting or in the grandest of ballrooms. A micro wedding gives you the perfect opportunity to really enjoy every part your wedding preparation and your day. Don’t overthink it. Your family, your planner, your florist, your cake designer want your special day to be relaxed, personal and definitely magical. Have an absolutely wonderful day!
We are Erica and Charlie Bell, a mother-daughter team creating breathtaking wedding cakes and macarons from our studio in Maidstone, Kent. We love nothing more than getting to know our couples, and creating distinctive designs that are inventive and imaginative. Our one-of-a-kind cakes that are designed down to the very last (sugar) detail. We deliver across London, Kent, Essex, Surrey, Sussex and beyond.
Want to learn the secrets of sugar craft, create your own favours or macarons? Join us at our cake school in Maidstone, Kent.