Needless to say, I am in a LOT of wedding groups on social media. I have noticed that many people seem to think there is nothing in between a big traditional wedding and going to the courthouse and eloping in a judge's chambers. Usually this is because either they don't want to spend $30K on their wedding day, or they aren't keen on the idea of having hundreds of people surrounding them on their big day. As a wedding planner, I have noticed a huge trend lately, and it is something that most people in the wedding industry have been hesitant to talk about until recently.
If you believe The Knot or Brides.com, the average wedding in 2018 costs between $34,000-$45,000. On average, the wedding would have approximately 100 guests, there would be 5-7 attendants on either side of the wedding party, and a flower girl and ring bearer as well. Your day is typically comprised of a late afternoon ceremony, followed by a cocktail hour with an open bar and hors d'oeuvres to entertain guests while the newlyweds take wedding portraits. A reception would follow including a full meal with open bar, and would include dances, toasts, and cake cutting.
What no one tells you is that that are limitless ways to get married, and when it comes to microweddings you can design a unique wedding that is tailored exactly to your specific desires and personality!
What is a microwedding?
Microweddings have been quietly gaining popularity over the last few years, for a variety of reasons. By definition, microweddings are weddings that have less than 50 guests. When you have less than 50 guests at a wedding, you have many more options for venue locations than you would if you were trying to accommodate 300. When you have more options, you can get creative and have a truly unique, unforgettable wedding! From lighthouses, private islands, yachts, church ruins, beaches, state parks, and the beautiful squares of Savannah, you can exchange vows in some of the most picturesque and historic locations in the Lowcountry.
Microweddings are also a great way to compromise if the two of you have different ideas about what you want for your day. If one person wants a traditional wedding and one person does not, this is a way for you to keep the traditional wedding aspects that are most meaningful to you, but also have a more personalized, intimate experience. It has also become popular to combine family vacations and destination weddings, sometimes even using a vacation rental home as the venue for their wedding. This can also be a great way to have a beautiful wedding without exceeding your budget! No matter what your reason for choosing a non-traditional wedding, I can help you create the perfect day for the two of you.
Joy Williams is a wedding planner in the Hilton Head Island/Savannah area. As the owner of A Zen Event and Weddings With Joy, she has helped more than 200 couples get married in the Lowcountry. She specializes in tailoring traditional wedding customs to fit the needs of modern couples.