What is a Micro Wedding and Is It Right for You?

What is a Micro Wedding and Is It Right for You

Have you heard of a micro wedding? And if so, have you considered if it might the perfect way to celebrate your big day? Micro weddings are now trending as many couples are opting for a smaller, more intimate way to gather with close family and friends without sacrificing the traditional elements of a wedding celebration. Destination weddings and micro weddings go hand-in-hand, so if you’ve been thinking about getting married on the beach in Emerald Isle, then a micro wedding might already be on your radar. 

What is a micro wedding?

According to Brides.com, a micro wedding is generally defined as an intimate affair of 50 or fewer guests. These weddings typically include the traditional elements of a marriage ceremony and post-nuptial reception, but on a smaller scale and with a more intimate ambiance where close family and friends are present.

How is a micro wedding different from eloping?

An elopement tends to be a more secretive affair where the couple quietly chooses to exchange their wedding vows without much fanfare and only a few witnesses. Elopements rarely require much if any planning and often spontaneous pursuits. A micro wedding may be more minimal and less complicated, but it still has many of the elements of a traditional wedding such as a photographer, a reception following the marriage vows, and celebratory entertainment.

Micro wedding with drinks, dancing and dinner | Sun-Surf Emerald Isle Rentals

A micro wedding is an intimate affair, typically with no more than 50 guests. They still feature time-honored traditions that make a wedding but on a much smaller scale.


What are the benefits of choosing a micro wedding vs a traditional wedding?

There are quite a few benefits of choosing a smaller version of your big day. Here are just a few of the most popular reasons couples opt for a micro wedding.

  • Cost. Obviously the cost is going to be a lot less. According to The Knot, the average cost of a wedding in the United States these days is 33,900—and that doesn’t include the honeymoon. If that seems a little steep for your budget, then a micro wedding might be the way to go.
  • Simplicity. It is much easier to plan a special event (and plan it well) when you are not expecting hundreds of guests. The more complicated the event, the more chance there is for problems and stress leading up to the wedding day.
  • Logistics. In these days and times, planning anything is more complicated than ever. Covid has changed the way we live our lives from the ordinary days to the special ones. Keeping things on a smaller scale allows for more flexibility and the ability to makes changes and adjustments if need be—and with a lot less stress.
  • Quality. Without having to stretch your wedding budget as far, you can really focus on a quality experience not only for you and your partner, but for your guests who are attending. You certainly don’t have to sacrifice your vision of your wedding day and all the hopes and dreams that come along with it. In fact, you may be able to make the vision a much happier reality when you choose to keep it on a smaller, more manageable scale. 

Why should I consider planning a micro wedding in Emerald Isle, NC?

Emerald Isle, North Carolina is well-suited for this kind of affair. It’s long been a beloved beach wedding destination for those who seek a stunning coastal backdrop coupled with a relaxed, serene and unique beach feel all its own. Emerald Isle and the greater Crystal Coast offer wedding venues from the traditional to the unconventional. Whether you choose to get married on the beach, at a local park, under the pier, at the aquarium, or on a boat—you will have plenty of amazing options. 

Our Emerald Isle rentals provide ideal accommodations for your family and friends as they come to celebrate this momentous event with you. Sun-Surf Realty offers beachfront rentals that are large enough for extended family, as well as rentals that are side-by-side so you’re all nearby with close and convenient access to everything you have planned. 

Finally, the Crystal Coast Bridal Fair is a big local event that happens each January. This year’s event takes place at 213 West Weddings and Event Venue in Peletier off of Hwy 58 and only 5 minutes from Emerald Isle. Here you’ll find local wedding vendors, specials and discounts, event planners, and so much wedding day inspiration. If you’re thinking of getting married in the coming year, then this is an event you don’t want to miss. The 2021 Bridal Fair is scheduled for January 16 and space is limited, so make your plans and get your tickets today. 

Ready to start your wedding planning? 

Great! You can read more about getting married on the coast of North Carolina here. 

Planning a Wedding on the NC Coast
What is a Micro Wedding and Is It Right for You

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