Elopement vs Wedding vs Micro-Wedding
So you’re engaged! Congrats! You’ve found your person, and that’s the hardest part. But what to do next? Elopement vs wedding vs micro-wedding?
One benefit of living in the 21st Century is that there are many different celebration options for your marriage. From elopements to large weddings to the new fashionable micro-wedding, it can be overwhelming to start to determine what makes the most sense for you and your partner.
First, let’s breakdown what each of these terms means.
An Elopement is traditionally just you and your partner, and occasionally your pet. It used to be that elopements were usually secret and gave the impression that a couple was “running away with” one another. Today many eloping couples chose to tell friends and family beforehand or send out announcements after. It’s entirely up to you!
The new term Micro-Wedding has been thrown around a lot because of COVID. Micro-Weddings usually consist of 30 or fewer people. In other words, they considered intimate affairs that generally only involve the closest friends and family.
Weddings typically have a larger guest count than the other celebrations, with most large weddings involving 100-300 people.
It can get confusing because technically, all of these are weddings! You’re still marrying your person and promising each other forever. None of these options is necessarily better than than the other; there is only the best option for you.
Here are the top questions to ask yourself when deciding on the type of celebration you’d like to have. In an elopement vs a wedding, it’s really all about preference!
What will feel most true to ourselves?
This question involves a little bit of inquiry work together. Are you the type of couple who likes to host guests? Do you prefer adventures by yourselves? What are the most romantic moments you’ve had together? Talk with each other about what type of ceremony would feel the truest to you as a couple. Do you want other people to be watching? Have you always envisioned your wedding a certain way? How can you create a day that revolves first and foremost around you?
What will be the least stressful?
There are lots of moving parts to a 200 person wedding day. Sometimes the planning, dealing with friends and family, and budgeting can become stressful. I have seen many weddings where the couple couldn’t concentrate on the moment, due to demands from their family or other guests. If you aren’t great at setting boundaries with friends and family, you may want to consider a smaller ceremony.
I always recommend getting a planner for whatever type of wedding you have to help organize the details and take the stress off of you on the day. Planner’s and other vendors can help run interference so that you aren’t being bombarded with logistics and details on the day, making sure you can focus on the moment. Many of us have complicated problems with family, and ultimately, it comes down to the question of if you be more stressed if friends and family weren’t there? Or if they were?
What do we have the budget for?
The average wedding cost here in Colorado is $30,000. And that’s just the average! Lots of couples simultaneously hit house hunting and wedding planning all at once. These two significant life events can be stressful financially. Add in child planning you have the possibility of needing lots of money all at once. While some people may have the good fortune to be given money from their parents, many couples are not or may not wish to take said money. If you’re someone whose parents have saved for your wedding, you may be thrilled, or you may feel pressured and stressed! However you feel is okay, and the best thing to do is honor your feelings. You don’t have to accept any money given to you. If you think this money will become a burden, don’t take it! Plan the wedding you can afford and spare yourself the guilt about the rest. If this money feels right to you and is something you want to use, go for it! If no one is giving you cash for your wedding, talk together and come up with a budget that seems reasonable for you.
I always recommend discussing the top three most important aspects of your day with one another and using those aspects to estimate your budget first. For example, for every guest you invite, you’ll need to provide food, drink, invitations, and most rentals like plates and chairs. For instance, most people spend around $50-$100 per guest. A great way to determine your guest count is to ask yourself do I want to spend X amount on this person? It may seem harsh, but it’s true.
Are my friends and family the type of people I’d like to throw a party for?
We each have different people in our lives. Therefore, if you threw a party for your friends and family, would they enjoy it? Would they appreciate what you enjoy? Would you be able to plan a celebration that is everything you want and everything most guests would enjoy? If your values don’t match with your guests, it won’t be a great time. While planning my wedding, we knew that our friends and family loved to dance, and since a great dance floor was one of the most important things to us, we knew our values would line up, creating an enjoyable experience for everyone involved! Similarly, if you want to get married in a remote location but know your friends and family will bitch about getting there, don’t invite them. It’s all about matching values.
What will be the most meaningful?
In the same vein, to the first question, this will take a bit of inquiry work together. What are the parts that you’ll look back on in 20 years and be so grateful that you included? For example, will you want to remember the mist on your face as you said your vows on a quiet mountaintop? The love and joy from friends and family surrounding you? How connected you felt to each guest? Above all, what will help you remember feeling authentic and present?
Elopement vs Wedding vs Micro-Wedding
In conclusion, start here, start with self-inquiry, and start by honoring yourselves. There are a lot of different deciding factors between an elopement vs a wedding vs a micro-wedding, but only you can truly know what is the best fit for you. However, try to make this decision before talking to too many people. People will always have their opinions about what you should do, but their opinions will also always be affected by their own desires. You deserve to have whatever ceremony fits you the best, trust yourself!
Stuck between deciding on an elopement, or a wedding? Check out these blog posts to see previous celebrations!
Elopement: Jeremy + Domenico
Wedding: Erika + Pat
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