I have had the pleasure if photographing 10+ micro weddings in recent years. Each one is unique to the couple although most have less than 50 people and most include an intimate sit down dinner. For each micro wedding I create custom quotes depending on their wants and needs. Usually, I am booked for 4-6 hours of photography and no second photographers. A handful have only needed me for 3 hours. Those few were more like “planned elopements” than micro weddings.
Know that micro weddings have been en vogue even before the world turned upside down. Gone are the days of only having a small event because of budget restrictions. A quick Google search shows some of the top wedding sites publishing articles about them all the way back in 2017. Martha Stewart Weddings was telling us about them years ago. So, I hope you are totally excited about planning a trés chic event with your inner circle!
Another reason I personally enjoy photographing micro weddings is because we often get to build in plenty time for portraits of the couple. Large events often have very restricted timelines and only get 10-15 minutes for portraits of the newlyweds; some even go ahead and book a post-wedding session so they don’t have to be away from their guests to create portraits. On the other hand, most of my micro wedding clients come to me wanting ample time set aside for us to create beautiful, stress-free images of them.
While some are happening because of coronavirus restriction, for others, it has nothing to do with coronavirus. More and more couples main desire for their wedding is time with their nearest and dearest.
From Martha Stewart weddings: “…one micro wedding involved a ceremony followed by brunch, a trolley ride to scenic Maggie Daley Park for mini golf, Chicago's famed Architecture Foundation River Cruise, and finally dinner. Guests had come from all over, so the gathering doubled as a reunion and an excuse to travel. The bride and groom spoiled their guests-and spent their day just the way they wanted.”
Another reason for the popularity is that having fewer guests eliminates a whole layer of stress: fewer invitations, less rsvp’s to keep track of, no seating charts, etc.
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