Intimate Weddings vs Micro Weddings: What is the difference?

Your wedding day is a day to celebrate, cherish and most importantly be everything you have ever dreamed of. From huge, lavish, several day weddings to an elopement so intimate you only have a witness, whichever you opt for make it authentic to you both as a couple.

Unprecedented times such as COVID-19 stopped all weddings in their tracks. This welcomed some wonderful alternatives as couples couldn’t have their original wedding date and monumental celebrations.

Becoming increasingly frequent since it’s popularity peak during 2020; Intimate weddings, Micro weddings and small weddings are here to stay.

Small in name but never in nature, your Intimate or Micro wedding doesn’t need to cut corners when it comes to impact and a big celebration. You can still have a wedding singer or live band, splash out on personalised gifts for each guest and host your wedding here at Woodhall Manor in Suffolk. Work with our team to create an entire wedding experience for you and your closest family members.

Lets see the battle off for Intimate Weddings vs Micro Weddings.

Intimate Weddings

An intimate wedding is considered intimate based on it’s smaller guest list and order of the day, essentially everything a ‘normal’ wedding day consists of just less people (but normal is never normal when there are so many beautiful variations of a wedding, every one, in it’s own right, is utterly fabulous!)

Starting with the guest count. 30 – 60 close family and friends in attendance is considered Intimate, moments for you to spend time with each and every guest on a personal level. With a smaller and slimmed down wedding party you can be sure to spend quality time and make special memories with everyone to cherish them all forever.

Relaxed and weddings are two words that may not seem to ever go together, considering the stress and panic that sometimes come with planning your big day, but with a small wedding comes calm, relaxation and ‘put your feet up’ kind of vibes.

Planning an intimate celebration is easier in so many ways, so this allows your more time to have fun and get creative! Create a personalised experience for every guest, you can do this through personalised favours, maybe even individual hampers?

A huge trend taking weddings by storm is a Wedding Newspaper. Everyone will receive a vintage style paper spread, included will be everything they need to know, from your first date and love story, to the order of the day and personalised messages from you both. A perfect touch and something your guests will be talking about for years to come.

With smaller weddings all of this is possible as the intimate touch will carry through your entire wedding experience.

Head over and see our Intimate weddings blog to find out more or our Intimate wedding planning blog for top tips and tricks.

Micro Weddings

Micro – meaning ‘extremely small’ is exactly what it says on the tin. Even smaller than an intimate wedding day, a Micro wedding is scaled down to usually up to 20 family and friends.

Small but it can certainly be mighty, a micro wedding can combine your dreams of elopement with the lavishness of a traditional wedding, to suit your own themes, styles and personalities.

Having a smaller group attending your micro wedding day allows you to let go of everything you think a larger wedding and a traditional celebration should be.

You will be providing an intimate environment for your loved ones so here’s your moment to turn your micro wedding, Macro! Indulge in decadent fine dining, live theatre cooking, personalised cocktails and drinks reception, invite your guests with luxury wedding stationary, there are so many opportunities for you to add that wow factor.

The best for you

Arguably the most important pro is the money saving element on having a small wedding. You can save huge costs from the venue, wedding vendors, florist and all the other elements included in your special day. Maybe this will now allow you to get that designer wedding dress or suit you have always dreamed of?!

Many couples will use the money saved on their wedding day costs and splash out on a honeymoon of a lifetime, escape to the sun and bask in the delight of the Caribbean, travel Asia or visit Paris – the city of love!

Intimate and Micro weddings are what we do best here at Woodhall, our characterful manor, oozing with charm and grandeur, plays has the perfect host to your wedding celebration. We have 12 beautifully designed bedrooms and suites, inside spaces with period features, an outdoor ceremony space that emulates a romance novel and our Garden Lounge. The only thing we can be sure of is that you will be spoilt for choice and the decision on where to say I-Do will be your only worry.

From the morning of and all throughout the day our wedding professionals and your designated wedding planner will make sure the whole day goes off without a hitch. Slumber in sweet dreams and have the whole wedding party stay over and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast the next day, reminiscing on all your cherished memories now that you’re married.

Now we have outlined the main pointers for Intimate Weddings vs Micro Weddings, it’s time for you to make your decision..

View our intimate wedding collections here, start planning your mini wedding and start your journey with us today – we can’t wait to welcome you to our manor.


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