With the current state of the world, there has been a huge number of couples who skipping the traditional wedding and opting for an elopement or a microwedding. Many couples want to get married now, and others are using current events as the perfect ‘excuse’ to get married in the way they truly wanted to, void of the judgment of family and friends. 😉
There is a lot of confusion about if an elopement and a microwedding are the same thing – I’m here to explain the difference between the two!
Let’s start by talking about the definitions of each:
What is an Elopement?
*I’ve got a whole blog dedicated to my definition of an elopement – check out What Does Eloping Mean?
I would consider any wedding with less than 25 guests to be an elopement. Anything more than that number makes it so your day starts to be planned around your friends and family rather than you two as a couple! If you’re adding on more people to the list than your immediate families and/or a couple of friends, you’re entering into a more traditional wedding.
Honestly, you can call an elopement with 10 or 15 guests a microwedding and a microwedding an elopement. I’ve heard many people use that term for that scenario and to me, it doesn’t really matter what you call it as long as the focus of your elopement day remains on you!
What is a Microwedding?
Microweddings (in the way a lot of people are using it) are complete weddings with all of the traditional elements, with a scaled-back guest list. I would consider any wedding that has between 10-25 guests to be a microwedding. You could consider a microwedding a cross between an elopement and a large, traditional wedding.
What’s the difference between a Microwedding and an Elopement?
The biggest difference between an elopement and a Microwedding is the focus of the day along with the structure.
Elopements tend to be focused entirely on the couple who is getting married. Eloping allows for freedom for the couple to explore together and enjoy each other’s company together, without the distractions of outside guests. Elopements are truly an experience for the couple and has zero restrictions.
They don’t have to follow any particular structure or layout for your day. You can do literally whatever you want! You can go hiking, take a helicopter tour, go jeeping, kayaking, drive through a national forest, etc. For more ideas and inspiration check out 15 Unique Elopement Ideas!
Whereas a Microwedding follows a more traditional structure of a day, but with fewer restrictions than a traditional wedding. You still have lots of flexibility to make it your own and do what you want! However, because it has a more traditional structure the focus of the day isn’t completely on the couple. You’ll probably have to compromise location, activities, and a few other things.
If you want to learn more about Eloping with Family be sure to check out this in-depth guide I’ve written!
So how do you know if you’re planning an Elopement or a Microwedding?
Some signs you may be planning an elopement:
- You have not booked a formal venue, and are not planning a formal meal.
- You are not planning any ‘formalities’ like after-dinner speeches, first dances, etc.
- You may hike to your ceremony location or go on a rad adventure.
- Your day of timeline is rather flexible.
- You want the focus of your wedding to remain on the two of you.
*This is a general list. Eloping allows for flexibility to do what YOU want! Want to plan a first dance because you and your new hubby love to dance together? GREAT! Want to let your friends and family know in advance you’re eloping? Wonderful! Do what’s important to you when planning your elopement!
Some signs you may be planning a microwedding:
- You plan to have more ‘traditional’ elements of a wedding – just with a smaller guest count.
- There is a formal timeline of your day. (Ceremony time, dinner time, etc.)
- You are considering family/friends feelings while making decisions about your wedding.
- You have an Airbnb or place booked for a more formal dinner afterward to celebrate
Both elopements and microweddings end in you and your future wife/husband getting married!
Both Microweddings and elopements are so special! It totally just depends on how you want to celebrate your day and move forward with it!
Remember, there is no wrong way to get married! The important thing is to make sure your wedding is fully reflective of you two as a couple and to celebrate the beginning of your marriage. Whether that means an elopement or a microwedding, that’s totally up to you! In the end, they’re SUPER similar to each other.
Plus, you don’t even have to choose just one. You can elope, and have a reception later. Or have a microwedding now and plan a one-year elopement styled vow renewal adventure. Again, just make sure the day is authentic to what you both want!
Thinking you may want to elope but aren’t sure where to start? I’m happy you’ve ended up here! I have a ton of great blogs for you to get started planning. From location ideas to the Ultimate Guide On How to Elope – I’m here for you. Have more questions or want to talk about why having an Elopement Photographer is SO important? >>>> Contact Me Here! <<<<<
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