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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.

When many people hear the term micro wedding, their minds go to elopements, but elopement and a micro-wedding are two different things.


What is an elopement?

An elopement typically involves 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, or dinner. It also typically involves 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 a 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 assistant. Micro-wedding doesn't mean that there's less work to be done, especially on the wedding day. There are still vendors to communicate with, and there's still a timeline to be created and managed throughout the day, even though there are fewer people there.
  3. Venue options are much more open. With a micro wedding, you can get away with having a wedding from your favorite spot in a public place until there are a large number of options offered because you have a small number of guests.
  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 count that as your parents, grandparents, siblings, or best friends – think about who you couldn’t imagine being without on your big day and prioritize 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 depends on your personal preferences and budget. If you want a small, intimate wedding that is low-key and stress-free, an elopement may be the right choice. If you want a small but more planned and organized wedding, a micro wedding may be a better option.

With the best team of an all-inclusive, wedding-obsessed team of New York wedding experts, One Wedding House.

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 matter what's going on right now in the 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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