1. Determine the guest list and send out save-the-date cards:
An important step in the wedding planning process is deciding who to invite and sending out those save-the-date cards. It’s important to think about who should be included on the guest list. This can help couples keep their micro-wedding within their budget.
2. Choose a location and book the space:
Couples should consider the size of their wedding when choosing a venue. If they plan on hosting fewer than 40 guests, a small restaurant or backyard can be the perfect place for an intimate gathering. It’s important to start researching soon in order to secure the venue.
3. Choose an officiant:
Once the couple has settled on a location, they can start looking for an officiant. This can be anyone from a pastor of their church to a close family friend or even an online service that specializes in micro weddings.
4. Create or purchase wedding invitations:
This is another important step in the process of planning a micro wedding. Couples should decide if they want to purchase custom invitations or create them themselves using their own design ideas and materials such as cardstock and ribbon.
5. Decide on a menu and order food/beverages:
The type of food served at a wedding reception is up to the bride and groom, but it’s important to consider the size of their guest list. If they’re having a small wedding, they may want to opt for platters of finger foods or hors d'oeuvres rather than a sit-down dinner. They should also make sure to order enough drinks for their guests.
6. Select music and hire a DJ or band:
Music is an essential part of any wedding celebration so couples should make sure that there are songs to keep everyone entertained throughout the night. This could mean hiring a live band or DJ or creating a playlist with some favorite tunes from each family member.
7. Plan the wedding ceremony:
The ceremony can be as simple or elaborate as couples would like it to be – from a traditional church service to a casual gathering in the backyard. Couples should decide on the order of events, who will say what and when, and if they would like to include any special readings or rituals.
8. Plan the reception:
The reception is where couples can get creative with decorations, fun activities, photo booths and other entertainment. They should also plan out the seating arrangements so that everyone has an enjoyable time.
9. Order wedding cake/desserts:
No wedding is complete without a delicious dessert! Couples can have traditional cakes or opt for small individual desserts like cupcakes or tartlets to serve their guests.
10. Buy flowers and decorations:
Flowers are a classic way to decorate for a wedding and can add a beautiful touch to any wedding décor. Couples should also think about other decorations like lighting, linens or balloons to make the space more festive.