The bespoke designer gown, the mountaintop setting, the three-tier custom cake…
Yep, your dream wedding sounds pretty incredible – and also pretty unaffordable. Certainly when you have to invite your third cousin’s girlfriend, your mum’s childhood bestie and your entire indoor mixed netball team.
But what if there was a way you have the wedding day you always dreamed of and not go broke to do so?
Well, you can. It’s called a microwedding and it’s the best nuptial-related trend of 2017. (We’re calling it.)
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A microwedding allows you to have your – extravagant, gold-leaf decorated – wedding cake, and eat it too. There’s just one catch, and you may have guessed it already because it’s in the name. Mircoweddings are well, micro.
As in slightly bigger than an elopement, but just involving close friends and family – maybe 15 guests tops.
Dorothy Polka from popular wedding website Polka Dot Bride says microweddings are an emerging trend for couples because they offer flexibility.
“It’s a step-up from an elopement, but a step down from your traditional wedding,” she explains.
“It’s grown in the last couple of years as couples become comfortable in really customising their own wedding days.
“There’s so much societal pressure and a thought that you have to do things a certain way. But couples are finally starting to understand that they can do things whatever way they want and there are no rules.”
Ms Polka says companies have started cropping up that offer packages and will plan your small wedding for you.
You could easily do the whole thing on a budget of $5000 – $10,000, or less.
However, Ms Polka says microweddings don’t necessarily cost less than the average Australian wedding – which has blown out to at least $48,625. Your microwedding could cost slightly less, or even slightly more than you’d planned to spend on 100 guests, but it’s how you spend that money that gives you more freedom.