Maybe COVID has pushed you to drastically lower your guest count, or maybe you have been planning a small wedding from the start. Either way, I want to encourage you. Big or small, your wedding day will still be the best day of your lives, because what matters most is celebrating your love and commitment to each other.
Micro Wedding, Elopement or Minimony?
Micro Wedding – A scaled back version of a regular, full wedding day. Often couples will still do many of the traditional elements of the wedding from getting ready, first look and cocktail hour. The difference is the number of guests. With current restrictions, weddings in MA must be under 50 guests with no dance floor. Often you’ll only need photography coverage for 5 or 6 hours with a micro wedding.
Elopement – Elopements were typically secret and planned last minute, but the beauty of an elopement is that there basically are no rules. Many couples choose to just have the two of them, a friend who marries them and their photographer. Later, you can opt to have a backyard bbq or zoom call with family and friends to announce your elopement, and show off your photos!
Minimony – For couples who are postponing their big celebrations, but still want to be married this year. Keep your original date and just invite immediate family. Find a park or beach or backyard and celebrate with your closest people in a casual setting, then invite everyone to the big party later!
I wanted to share some inspiration if you’re thinking of having a Micro wedding in New England or the Boston area. I’ve been photographing Micro Weddings for several years, but COVID-19 has made them much more popular. For couples wanting to still get married in 2020 and into 2021, a micro wedding is a great way to go.
If you’re looking for even more ideas, Boston Magazine came out with a great article titled, “Eight New England Venues for a Perfectly Petite Micro Wedding“
I also posted this article with lots of micro wedding ideas and resources from the area’s top wedding professionals.
Check out some of my favorite micro weddings and elopements below!