A micro wedding could be your dream wedding.
Micro wedding packages at small wedding venues aren’t going away anytime soon.
Many people abandon the idea that a wedding must be a big production. It’s trendy for couples to elope and have a small wedding that is more intimate and meaningful.
Tiny weddings include vows, champagne toast, cake, a wedding photographer, and a wedding planner. They’re just much smaller (and, no, they’re not an elopement). At Mountain House Estate, we have special pricing for small weddings.
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Is Mountain House Estate a good option if I’m searching for a micro wedding Northern California?
Mountain House Estate is a great option if you’re searching for a micro wedding in Northern California, as we host weddings of all sizes.
Here are some advantages of a small wedding:
1. You don’t need a ton of decorations or rental items.
Many wedding couples opt for upcycling wedding decor, using sustainable decor, and minimizing their decor to create a natural, rustic, and gorgeous look. You can opt for a very simple setting that will look beautiful.
It doesn’t have to be extravagant, because the point of your small wedding isn’t to show how rich you are! Your guests all want to spend the day celebrating your love with you.
2. A smaller guest count means you can add fun details, more extravagant catering, or entertainment.
In previous eras, a large wedding was a sign of prestige. The more people you invited to your wedding, the better it looked that you could afford such an expensive affair. These days, that’s not the case at all. Many couples host tiny weddings because they don’t want a huge guest list.
If you’re still set on having a more significant event (and again, it’s all up to you), you can always have another ceremony or celebration later with everyone.
3. You can save money.
Costs are skyrocketing on your wedding day (and every day these days, it seems!), so every little bit counts when saving money. One great way to do this is by avoiding a big wedding and opting for a micro wedding package instead.
4. You can have a ceremony that’s as unique as you are.
In the past, people would say there was only one way to have a wedding. However, times have changed! These days, something unique is now possible for your wedding day. If you want to bring in some elements from other cultures or religions, or if you want to do something weird and wacky, you can do so without any repercussions!
No longer must you follow convention and tradition blindly. As long as you know what will make the both of you happy on such an important day (and everyone around it), who cares what your family thinks? They’re not the ones getting married, after all.
5. You can have a destination wedding.
You don’t need a lot of money to go on a lovely honeymoon after all – and destination weddings are the absolute best way to do this!
As long as both of you want one, there’s nothing wrong with having an intimate party for two or close friends and family. If you’re rich or simply enjoy luxury, you could even rent out an entire venue for yourselves and everyone else!
It’s still possible to bring everyone together.
You might think that having a tiny destination wedding will cut out family members and friends from your party-and that’s true in some cases! However, there are so many new ways to get everyone together these days.
For example, an online stream of your ceremony is one of the best ways to do this. When you watch it, later on, you’ll get the bonus of finding out how people reacted when they saw or heard what was happening.
Your day and your decisions are what matter most.
As much as it’s an essential event for everyone around you (especially your family), this belongs to both of you. Let them know that this is why getting married is a personal decision and should ultimately be made by those who are actually doing it!
Simply put, even if they’re not happy about how things turn out and go down, know that their concerns and worries mean nothing compared to how both of you feel.
No matter what happens today, remember that having fun and making new memories with each other is always more important than anything else.
What’s the difference between a small wedding and an elopement?
One of the most significant differences is that a small wedding is planned, and those plans are shared with a small group of friends and family so they can attend.
Micro Wedding Venues Northern California
A tiny wedding also includes many more guests than an elopement, which inevitably causes challenges about who to invite and who not to invite. Unlike an elopement, a tiny wedding (AKA micro wedding packages in Northern California) requires planning, invitations, flowers, cake, and many other optional features, usually at an intimate wedding venue.
You will usually find a wedding cake and your choice of an officiant (instead of the one who happens to be available). Flowers are usually ordered for micro weddings, just like a regular wedding.
Are a tiny wedding and a bespoke wedding the same thing?
Yes and no. Both bespoke (like custom micro wedding packages in Northern California) weddings and intimate weddings can feature a very small group of people. Both include flowers, a cake, a photographer, and so forth. Both offer the choice of simply a ceremony and nothing more.
However, they differ because a bespoke wedding can be much larger, involve more hours, and include anything and everything you like to make it more of the dream that you want your wedding day to be. The sky’s the limit plated meal, DJ or band, photo booth, a videographer with a drone, and even entertainment. Each option has a price, but it’s up to your vision.
And check this out; a wedding at Mountain House Estate in Sonoma’s wine country can simultaneously be a tiny and bespoke wedding. For example, you can invite 10 of your fave family members and friends and treat them to a wine tasting after your ceremony or a full-course meal in a gloriously intimate setting.
Small Wedding in the Bay Area
In other words, you can throw a tiny wedding that’s also a bespoke wedding that, while much smaller than usual, is still as glamorous, glitzy, and elegant as any big Northern California (or Bay Area) wedding. You can also do it for a fraction of the cost but if you wish, throw in some big-time perks that will make it truly special. Manny micro wedding venues offer tiny weddings, miro weddings, and bespoke wedding options.
Micro wedding packages in Northern California can be an intimate affair.
One advantage of an intimate wedding with a lower guest count is that off-season (less expensive) dates can be considered. If you select a wedding venue with indoor and outdoor spaces, and the weather cooperates, you can have a spectacular wedding day and save thousands of dollars.
Small Wedding Venues in Northern California
That’s not to say that a tiny wedding can’t be beautiful, rustic, and elegant, just that you can do it on a smaller budget, especially since fewer people will attend. That’s the most significant difference between a micro wedding and a tiny wedding; most tiny weddings will have less than ten people.
So why not just go to the courthouse steps? The pictures and privacy. A professional photographer will get photos you can share with your children many years ago at a venue. Those all-important detail shots using the surrounding beauty to stage the photo of your dreams. Spectacular photos without huge wedding budgets are possible.
Intimate Wedding Venues in Northern California
For example, some couples elope at a rustic winery in Northern California’s Sonoma or Napa wine country. We’ve heard of some who got on a boat, went out to a lighthouse, and got married there, which could be very romantic (as long as you don’t get seasick quickly).
In other words, the definition of ‘elope’ is changing as couples want to do more minor things without secrecy and with just a bit more planning and perks.
Interestingly, someone in the wedding industry coined the term ‘tiny wedding’. His name is Kieron Hales, and he owns Zingerman’s Cornman Farms in Michigan. Mr. Hales saw the need for smaller weddings that were more than an elopement but less than a big, no-holds-barred wedding. Thus the term ‘tiny wedding’ was born.
Mr. Hales understood that he needed to have multiple tiny weddings in a day to keep costs down for the couples. That way, premium vendors could come in and provide services to the couples, and essentially, the couples are dividing up the cost of hiring wedding professionals for the day. All the while giving the couples and their guests a great experience.
No matter what you choose, start planning as early as possible.
No matter what wedding you decide to have, planning is always the key to success. That goes for a traditional wedding with all the trimmings, a micro wedding with a smaller group of close friends and family, or an elopement with just a handful of people. With all of those and a tiny wedding, you should also plan for it as early as possible.
Still, you’ll need at least a few days or a couple of weeks to get everything planned for a minimony or an elopement and a month or more to prepare for a micro or a tiny wedding, so keep that in mind when you’re making your choice.
The good news is…
Many venues have designed all-inclusive packages for the various weddings discussed here. Look for those that aren’t ‘cookie cutters’ that will allow you to incorporate those unique details you’ve always wanted. Tell your wedding venue and wedding planning experts about your thoughts and dreams so that they can make them come alive.