What Is a Small Wedding?

Updated: Dec 2, 2020

bride with lace train and groom in white tuxedo jacket posing in front of veiled and floral trellis

When I first searched for “Mini Wedding” on the internet in the Spring, I found mini wedding cake, miniskirt, and Minnie Pearl, but there wasn't much information about mini weddings. Why was I searching for mini weddings, you ask?

How COVID-19 Has Impacted the Wedding Industry

COVID-19 has brought dramatic changes to the wedding industry, including how we gather, how many can gather, and who can gather. It was at that point that Michelle and I decided to adjust our business model.

Before the Coronavirus, most of our couples booked large weddings. When the pandemic hit, 75% of our couples rebooked; a few had to rebook four times. So, we made the change to start focusing on planning small weddings, like mini weddings.

smiling bride in lace gown with arms around neck of groom in white tuxedo jacket

Is a Small Wedding Right for You?

It has been difficult for couples to decide if a small wedding is right for them. When making this decision, dreams are often shattered. They have to ask themselves questions like: Whom do we un-invite? Can we stream the wedding so our grandparents can see it since they can't attend? How do we find a venue that’s not too big?

To help advise our couples, we began to dig in and do some research. We found questions like:

  • What is the difference between a small wedding and a mini wedding?

  • What on earth is a micro wedding?

  • Is an elopement a wedding?

Choosing the Right Small Weddings Ceremony

With these questions came many conflicting answers. So, Michelle developed a way to classify small weddings in order to make it easier for couples to understand and choose what’s best for them.