What Is a Micro Wedding and Is It Right For You?
In a time of such uncertainty due to COVID-19, some couples are deciding that they are certain of one thing—and that’s that they want to get married, no matter what.
Love isn’t cancelled. It is still very much alive, and if your heart is telling you to still get married this year, then we say go for it!
With a focus on guest experience and safety, micro weddings could be the right choice for you. And have become quite a popular trend.
You will find having fewer guests opens up a whole range of venues that would otherwise be cast aside. You can even consider less traditional venues when you have less people – from restaurants to country houses you will find a whole range of options that were not available to you before.
So, why not invite nearest and dearest, decorate your ceremony space with the same ideas, find a gorgeous intimate venue for your wedding, prepare a bridal/groom face mask and get yourself down the aisle? After all beautiful experiences are not made with ‘things’ they are made with by people.
A small wedding can still be a beautiful experience, you can still have an exclusive venue, photographer, videographer and socially distanced reception. An exceptional menu with a locally-sourced produce, a live acoustic singer or musician playing whilst you dine, premium Champagne with speeches and a sense of treating your guests and yourself to a memorable day.
Having an intimate wedding allows you to enjoy a more relaxed day. Planning a big wedding is a huge undertaking that involves juggling multiple things: suppliers, chasing RSVPs, food & beverage arrangements, entertainment bookings, payments and much more. When you plan a wedding on a smaller scale it is understandably a lot less stressful.
COVID has pushed couples to have smaller weddings (not out of choice) but it has got us wondering whether this will fire up a trend for 2021? or will 2021 be a year of couples going as BIG as they can?
A couple from Slovenia is a great example of how they decided to make their relationship official, albeit with extra precaution and not exactly as they had originally planned. And while their wedding may not have looked as they had envisioned, their love story is heartwarming and inspiring nonetheless.
We spoke to Matej Lancic, a photographer who has shot a couple’s intimate wedding on the pier in Portoroz, Slovenia. No witnesses, no guests, a wedding that we don’t see very often – but one that was from the photographs alone is incredibly moving.
Welcome back to the world of Weddings, Matej. How have you found the comeback since the lockdown? Have you felt safe or hesitated to return to work?
The coronavirus surprised us all very much. Of the many industries impacted by the coronavirus, the wedding industry has taken a major hit. We have all been looking forward to the wedding market reopening, though in a limited form. Despite the risk, I personally had no worries about returning to work.
Do you think COVID will change the way weddings are done? Do you think we will see more intimate weddings in 2021 or 2022 become a trend?
COVID has already changed the way weddings are hold, which is a big problem for future newlyweds. Most couples want to get married in front of their loved ones, with that in mind, I don’t believe the number of intimate weddings will increase significantly. It all depends on the duration of the COVID. In fact, I have noticed that couples, at least for now, choose to postpone their weddings.
Tell us about one of the intimate ‘COVID’ weddings that you have recently shot?
I have recently photographed a wedding where the couple got married without witnesses and guests, only in the company of registrars. The wedding took place on the pier in Portoroz, Slovenia.
Every wedding is a beautiful story. Working at a wedding without guests was very enjoyable. The energy of the newlyweds was relaxed and full of laughter. The magical ambience conjured by the smell of the sea, the gentle waves of white curtains and a romantic dinner with a view of the sea, candles and sunset co-created precious moments that the couple will remember forever.
I must also mention that the wedding organisation was at a high level, organised by Mind Hotel Slovenia – LifeClass Hotels & Spa.
Could you tell us a little bit more about your business? How did you begin your journey? Where are you based?
Based in Maribor, Slovenia, I started contributing my documentary work to daily newspapers and various magazines. Devoted to social and humanitarian issues throughout the world, I have gained rich photographic and lifelong experiences. I have worked on assignments and produced various social issues related photo essays in the Balkans, Lebanon, Syria and Asia. After years of gathering photographic experiences, I transferred my knowledge to a wedding photography, which is a documentary photography.
How would you define your photography style?
My style of photography is photo storytelling. There’s a difference between photography and visual storytelling through the photography. In visual storytelling images are ordered in a specific way, either chronologically or as a series, with the aim of “infecting” the viewer’s vision and mind.
How do you think 2021 is looking for weddings? And what are you looking forward to the most?
It is difficult to predict the future but I believe that we will adapt as much as possible to the situation and emerge as winners.
Will the Autumn weddings happen? Difficult to know what the wedding guidelines in September and October could look like, given that measures are changing regularly and no one can say for certain whether or not weddings will be going ahead at a full capacity any sooner.
It’s worth checking in with your suppliers and making sure they have everything they need to provide you with the services you have booked. For example, travel restrictions may have limited certain supplies and small businesses who have been hit with financial losses due to Coronavirus, therefore they may struggle to fulfil their obligations in the future. It might be a tricky conversation to have, but it’s worth having sooner rather than later.
With that in mind, it’s best to ask your venue when they will review your date if you’re keen to host a large wedding.
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