I know you’ve been searching for the perfect aesthetic for your wedding day, and you’ve run across the terms micro-wedding, intimate weddings, and small weddings.
And heck, who wouldn’t be confused and need a little clarification on the difference between the three. Not to mention figure out which one is the right fit for you and your wedding budget (so you can prioritize the vendors and plans that matter most to you).
What is considered an intimate wedding?
Intimate weddings are usually more intentional and focused on the feel of the event, and often with a special focus on the bond between the two partners. While these can be small, medium, or large it really comes down to how it’s organized and planned.
The intent is to create that feeling in your wedding ceremony and reception so that you look back on your wedding day with nostalgia, and your wedding guests do too!
(Spoiler, these are not all that different after all!)
The core of these is essentially the same as any other wedding, however it’s on a smaller scale. Which means venue, guest list, wedding party, food, are usually on a smaller scale as well. The emphasis is that it’s not a large-scale wedding. That’s what really differentiates it from other traditional wedding types.
Yes, this is where some of the confusion sets in for many. You can have an intimate wedding that is also small or micro, but the terms are not mutually exclusive.
You can have an intimate wedding on a small, medium, or large scale too though. While most utilize the term “intimate wedding” when referring to weddings on a closer/more small scale, that’s not always the case.
When you are brainstorming and planning for your wedding, one of the most important questions to ask yourself is what kind of vibe, feeling, or aesthetic you want to experience and look back on.
If you’re wanting a deeply personal, authentic, and tailored to you wedding, you will probably want an intimate wedding. All that’s left to decide upon is what size you want!
Small Wedding/Micro-Wedding: Up to 50 guests
Medium Wedding: 50-150 guests
Large Wedding: 150+ guests
What’s most important is the actual size of your wedding doesn’t compromise the intimate and “close” nature that you’ve been dreaming of.
Larger weddings (usually 150+ guests) while beautiful, can actually limit the amount of time you get to spend with each of your guests too. With a smaller wedding guests will often feel more relaxed, and you will too!
Smaller weddings (up to 50 guests), usually fit best with smaller budgets. The larger the scale (and more guests you have) the more costly the food, venues, and vendor packages can be.
How To Find The Perfect Vendors For Your Wedding:
When booking your wedding vendors, communicate openly with your vendors (especially your wedding photographer, and wedding planner) about what your style of wedding looks like to you so they can be sure to provide you accurate quotes, accommodations, timeline, and planning tips to bring your wedding from a dream to reality. Not to mention they may have some really stellar tips for how to word your save the dates and invitations to reflect your ideal wedding experience to your guests (so they also know what to expect).
As we’ve covered above, the terms can be quite relative, so explaining how intimate actually looks for you, and what size of a wedding you’re looking for will help them see your vision.
Pro Tip: Start an Intimate Wedding Photo Inspiration board on Pinterest to save wedding photos, tips, ideas, and resources that inspire you for your special day.
You can show this to your wedding planner and photographer later to give them a better idea of the things you love. You can even collaborate on a board together. Genius, right?!
Speaking of Pinterest, I have an array of intimate wedding photos that feature décor, guests, dresses, bridal parties and groomsmen, venues and locations, invitations, and flat-lay details on Pinterest as well.
Let’s connect! www.pinterest.com/xilophotography Feel free to peruse my boards and use my pins to articulate your dream!
As an Intimate Wedding Photographer in Oakland, California, I’ve had the pleasure of capturing the weddings of numerous intentional couples throughout the San Francisco Bay area. From intimate California weddings to romantic small or micro-weddings in the bay, I adore them all.
I’d love to inspire you to plan an intimate wedding experience of any size, or even a small ceremony and reception with your closest loved ones and guests at your favorite venue.
If you’d like to see more photos, ideas, and tips for planning an authentic and intimate wedding of any size, check out my Instagram at @XiloPhotography – and feel free to say hello!
If you’re looking for a Bay Area photographer to capture your romantic wedding day, head over to https://xilophotography.com/weddings