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The Ultimate Guide to Micro Weddings

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In recent years, the concept of micro weddings has gained immense popularity. This trend reflects a shift towards more intimate, personalized, and cost-effective wedding celebrations. Micro weddings, typically defined as weddings with fewer than 50 guests, offer a unique and meaningful way to celebrate your special day. This comprehensive guide will delve into every aspect of micro weddings, (how they differ from small weddings) from planning and budgeting to venue selection and decor ideas, ensuring that your micro wedding is an unforgettable event.

What is a Micro Wedding?

A micro wedding is a scaled-down version of a traditional wedding, featuring a limited guest list, often between 10 to 50 guests. This smaller size allows for greater intimacy and interaction among guests, making the celebration more personal and memorable. Despite their smaller scale, micro weddings can be just as elaborate and elegant as larger weddings, with all the essential elements such as a ceremony, reception, and dinner.

Here’s a beautiful micro wedding that I’ve photographed: Fall Wedding at Lied Lodge.

Photo By: Huy Nguyen // Heartstring Weddings

Benefits of a Micro Wedding


One of the most significant advantages of a micro wedding is the potential for substantial cost savings. With fewer guests to accommodate, you can allocate your budget more efficiently, focusing on high-quality food, decor, and other elements that matter most to you.

Intimate and Personal

Micro weddings create a more intimate atmosphere, allowing you to spend quality time with each guest. This closeness fosters a warm and engaging environment where everyone feels connected and valued.

Flexibility in Venue Selection

With a smaller guest list, your options for micro wedding venues expand considerably. Unique and unconventional locations such as private gardens, boutique hotels, and even your own backyard become viable options, offering a more personalized setting for your celebration.

intimate small wedding in backyard
Photo By: Huy Nguyen // Heartstring Weddings

Planning Your Micro Wedding

Setting a Budget

Start by determining your overall budget. With fewer guests, you can prioritize spending on key areas such as photography, catering, and entertainment. Use a detailed spreadsheet to track expenses and ensure you stay within your budget. If you’re not limited on budget (lucky you!), than you may want to consider these luxury wedding venues in Southern California for an extravagant wedding celebration. 

Creating a Guest List

Curate a guest list that includes your closest family and friends. This selective approach ensures that your wedding is attended by those who truly matter to you, enhancing the intimate nature of the celebration.

Choosing the Perfect Venue

Select a venue that aligns with your vision for the day. Consider locations that offer natural beauty, such as gardens or beachside settings, or opt for a cozy indoor venue like a small chapel or boutique hotel. Ensure the venue can comfortably accommodate your guest list and offers the amenities you need.

Hire a Wedding Photographer

Being a wedding photographer myself, I may be a bit biased here. A skilled wedding photographer is essential to capturing the precious moments of your micro wedding. With fewer guests and a more intimate setting, a professional photographer can focus on the finer details and candid interactions that make your day special. Look for photographers who specialize in small weddings and have a portfolio that reflects your desired style. Reach out to me to see how I can best serve you and your micro wedding.

reception during micro wedding
Photo By: Huy Nguyen // Heartstring Weddings

Micro Wedding Ceremony Ideas

Personalized Vows

Writing your own vows adds a deeply personal touch to your ceremony. Share your unique love story and promises in a way that reflects your relationship, making the moment even more special.

Interactive Elements

Incorporate interactive elements such as a guest participation segment, where friends and family can share their blessings or stories about the couple. This engagement enhances the sense of community and connection.

Live Streaming

For guests who cannot attend in person, consider live streaming the ceremony. This allows distant loved ones to be part of your special day, no matter where they are.

micro wedding in backyard los angeles
Photo By: Huy Nguyen // Heartstring Weddings

Reception and Dining

Gourmet Catering

With a smaller guest list, you can indulge in gourmet catering options. Consider a multi-course meal featuring your favorite dishes or hire a food truck for a fun and casual dining experience.

Unique Decor

Personalize your decor to reflect your style. Use elements like custom table settings, unique floral arrangements, and personalized favors to create a memorable atmosphere.


Hire a live band or DJ to keep the energy high throughout the reception. For a more intimate vibe, consider an acoustic musician or a curated playlist of your favorite songs.

Micro Wedding Timeline

Morning Preparations

  • 8:00 AM: Bride and groom get ready
  • 10:00 AM: Hair and makeup for bridal party
  • 12:00 PM: First look photos

Afternoon Ceremony

  • 1:00 PM: Guests arrive
  • 1:30 PM: Ceremony begins
  • 2:00 PM: Ceremony ends

Evening Reception

  • 3:00 PM: Cocktail hour
  • 4:00 PM: Dinner and toasts
  • 6:00 PM: Dancing and entertainment
  • 9:00 PM: Send-off
Photo By: Huy Nguyen // Heartstring Weddings


Micro weddings offer a beautiful and intimate way to celebrate your love with those who matter most. By focusing on the essential elements and personalizing every aspect of your day, you can create a truly unforgettable experience. Embrace the benefits of a smaller guest list, from cost savings to more meaningful interactions, and enjoy a wedding day that reflects your unique love story.

About Author

huy nguyen los angeles wedding photographer

Hi, I’m Huy! I’m a destination wedding photographer based in Los Angeles. I love sharing wedding planning tips inspired by my experiences shooting weddings. Happy to have you here!


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