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Elopements vs. Micro-Weddings: What's the Difference?

In the past, getting married meant having a large, lavish wedding with hundreds of guests. However, in recent years, there has been a growing trend towards smaller, more intimate weddings. Two of the most popular types of small weddings are elopements and micro-weddings.

A lot of people, when they hear a micro wedding their minds goes to more elopement but elopement and a micro-wedding are two different things.


What is an elopement?

An elopement is where you typically are just the two of you as a couple and sometimes a couple of people with you as witnesses, family members, and best friends; there are not very many vendors involved, and there's usually no reception, dancing, dinner, and typically involve some sort of travel. 


New York City is a magical place to get married. There are endless possibilities for couples who want to elope in the city that never sleeps.

Here are a few cool examples of NYC elopements:

What is a micro-wedding?

A micro wedding on the other hand is essentially the same as your typical traditional style wedding it's on a much smaller scale. You'll still have all of the regular activities you'll still have a full ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, DJ, florist, and all of those traditional activities that you see at most weddings. This allows couples to focus on the people who are most important to them and to create a more intimate and personal celebration. Micro weddings are more intimate and more stress-free than traditional weddings. A micro wedding is approximately 30-50 people. We really like micro-weddings and we think that there are a lot of really great benefits that come from having a micro-wedding.


We suggest to all our couples who connect with One Wedding House always:

  1. Start planning early. Micro-wedding does not necessarily equal micro-planning. Reaching out to vendors as early as possible in your planning process — that way, you'll have a better chance of securing that photographer or florist that you really want.
  2. Hire a wedding planner or day of an assistant. Micro-wedding doesn't mean that there's less work to be done especially on the wedding day. There's still vendors to communicate with and there's still a timeline to be created and managed throughout the day, even though there's smaller people there.
  3. Venue options lot more open. With a micro wedding, you can get away with having a wedding from your favorite spot in the public place till numerose numbers of options offered due to the fact that you have a small number of duest.
  4. A smaller celebration means a smaller guest list, but a smaller guest list means you might have to make some tricky decisions. Whether you caunt that as your parents, grandparents, siblings, or best friends – think who you couldn’t imagine being without on your big day and prioritise them. You will also have a much better opportunity to really connect with the guests that you do have present at your wedding.

New York City is a great place to have a micro-wedding. There are so many beautiful and unique venues to choose from, and the city has something to offer everyone. Here are a few great examples of NYC micro-weddings:

Which type of wedding is right for you?

The best type of wedding for you depends on your personal preferences and budget. If you want a small, intimate wedding that is low-key and stress-free, then an elopement may be the right choice for you. If you want a small, but more planned and organized wedding, then a micro wedding may be a better option.

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No matter what type of wedding you choose, make sure that it is something that you and your partner will love and cherish for a lifetime.

And always remember to love yourself and to stay yourself, no mater wats going on right now in wedding industry with the trends!


Relax and enjoy the day. Soak up every moment and make it a day to remember.

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