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Micro Weddings in 2023 | The Ultimate Guide

Kindly note: Micro weddings are exclusively offered during daytime hours at Kirkbrae Country Club

Kirkbrae outdoor micro wedding area

Not everyone dreams of a grand wedding ceremony and reception with a mile-long guest list. In fact, too many guests can make your wedding day feel crowded or impersonal when it should be all about you and your partner. Micro weddings have become increasingly more popular since 2020 and allow you to achieve the intimate setting you'd like.

If you’d prefer a more cozy, intimate, or laid-back ceremony, a micro wedding could help you bring your wedding dreams to life. If you’re curious to learn more about micro weddings, read on to get advice on choosing your venue and planning your special day.

What is a Micro Wedding?

A micro wedding is a ceremony and reception that includes 50 guests or less. It’s distinct from the minimoni, which has up to 10 guests, and elopements, which don’t involve any guests other than a few choice witnesses.

Instead, a micro wedding provides a happy medium between a bigger, grander ceremony, and an elopement. It follows the same time-honored traditions and elegance of a traditional wedding — just on a smaller scale.

How Much is a Micro Wedding?

Not only can a micro wedding help you create a more cozy atmosphere, but it can also help you save money on your wedding budget.

According to Brides.com, you can typically expect a micro wedding ceremony to cost 50% of what a traditional wedding ceremony would cost. However, micro wedding prices can vary based on any personal choices you make, like upgrading your decorations, catering, or floral arrangements.

Where Can You Host a Micro Wedding?

Thanks to their smaller size, a micro wedding can open up a whole new list of options for potential venues. From your own back yard to an elegant ballroom, you can host a mirco wedding indoors, outdoors, or anywhere in between. In fact, some wedding venues even offer discounted micro wedding packages, which could allow you to choose a space you might not have been able to afford otherwise.

Micro Wedding Venue Ideas

You can host a micro wedding just about anywhere that you can host a larger wedding. So, with the sheer wealth of options, it can be tough to narrow down your choices. But here are a few ideas to help inspire your creativity.

A scenic garden

Rhode Island’s natural beauty can create a lush, peaceful atmosphere in the spring and summer. So, why not host your wedding outdoors in a scenic garden? With your tight-knit circle of guests, a micro wedding in a garden can feel like a quaint garden party. And with plenty of colorful flowers around, you’ll have a full spectrum of shades to create a dynamic background for photos.

An upscale ballroom

Alternatively, a micro wedding doesn’t have to feel modest or scaled back. Getting married in a modern ballroom can help your special day feel chic and upscale. Plus, the smaller guest list can help create the feeling of an exclusive VIP-only event. It’s like hosting your own private, royal wedding.

An enchanting tent

Can’t decide between an indoor or an outdoor microwedding? Consider saying “I do” beneath the canopy of an elegant tent. You and your guests can enjoy fresh air and the beauty of nature from the comfort of the shade. And if the weather doesn’t play in your favor, you can stay safe and dry. It’s the perfect flexible wedding ceremony venue!

A Micro Wedding Checklist

While plenty of micro wedding venues can look unique and impactful, not all of them offer the same level of amenities. When trying to find the right place to host your special day, keep the following factors in mind.

  • Reception areas: Will your venue have distinct spaces for both your wedding ceremony and the reception? Having separate areas can make every aspect of your wedding day feel unique for your closest guests
  • Nearby Amenities: How close is your wedding venue of choice to nearby amenities, like hotels or airports? A venue with a centralized location can minimzie travel for out-of-town guests, and help you keep your commute time to a minimum.
  • Weather Contingency: Does your micro wedding venue of choice have back-up plans for rainy days? Having a venue that can provide both indoor and outdoor spaces will ensure that you have options no matter what the weather has in store.
  • Bonus perks: Can your wedding venue help with booking or planning other aspects of your micro wedding — like catering, florists, or photographers? If so, that’s one less thing for you to worry about.
  • Reviews and Recommendations: What do other couples have to say about the venue? If other couples planned beautiful, cozy weddings, chances are your wedding can go off without a hitch, too.

Ready To Get Married in Rhode Island?

If you’re ready to say “I do” to a RI micro wedding, Kirkbrae Country Club is here for you. We’ve been consistently voted as one of the best wedding venues in Rhode Island. Plus, our facilities can accommodate gatherings with as few as 25 guests, making us an amazing place to host your micro wedding in Rhode Island.

You can take photos with your closest guests in the gardens overlooking the golf course, or dance the night away in our recently renovated ballroom. With a convenient location just a short distance from the airport, your guests won’t have far to travel for your micro wedding. Plus, our dedicated wedding planners can help connect you with florists and photographers, and we even provide wedding catering

Let us handle the hard part, so you can sit back, relax, and focus on creating memories with your partner. If you’re ready to visit one of the finest Rhode Island wedding venues, contact one of our wedding coordinators today to learn more details or schedule a tour.