Small Weddings

Small Weddings, Micro Weddings, and Elopements

The pandemic is now hopefully a distant memory and the wedding world is very slowly returning to normal (although the estimates are the end of 2024 before we are really back to normal).

Interestingly now that restrictions have been lifted I’m seeing a huge trend for Small Weddings or as they’re also know; ‘Micro Weddings’.

And I rather love them!

At the moment if you want to get married and you don’t want a big wedding what do you do? Maybe you just want it to be just the two of you? Or maybe you only want a handful of guests?

So what happens if you want a small wedding?


A Micro Wedding could be the perfect option for you…

A trend that started a while ago for smaller more intimate weddings. You can’t completely avoid everyone unless you elope (and if you want to elope check out the elopement ideas).

So lets rethink traditional wedding options…

When you’re looking for a venue do keep the size of your wedding in mind. Many of the older country house and older hotels considered more traditional venues will have unexpected spaces that will be perfect for a smaller wedding. I’ve photographed wedding celebrations for 12 at Ellenborough Park, an elopement with just two at Lords of the Manor, family only at The Slaughters Manor House, close family and friends only at Thyme, and many more.

Traditional venues are also full of unexpected spaces that are perfect for a smaller wedding celebration.

Look out for libraries, orangeries, historic dining rooms and art galleries.

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Mami & Shoma on their Micro Wedding Day at Lords of the Manor

Spend your wedding budget on what you want to spend it on.

With fewer guests your budget will go further. Time will also go further!

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Hannah & Dan’s Micro Wedding at Ellenborough Park

You could splurge on an Engagement Photo Shoot before the big day, live music, upgrade from prosecco to champagne, the list goes on…!

You could even splash out on an Engagement Photo Shoot or a Post Wedding Photo Shoot.

Micro Wedding – Maximum Photography Effort

And of course a great investment is a fantastic photographer! You’ll have fewer people so hire a photographer you trust who will capture all of the moments during the day and mix well/blend in with your guests. These are the moments you will remember and treasure the most.

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Sarah & Ian on their Micro Wedding Day in Fairford

When I’m photographing smaller weddings if time allows I often take beautiful portraits of guests which is a lovely added bonus for you and your guests.

I also get more time to spend with you which affords me the all important time to take stunning images of you both before you say your vows…

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Danni on her Micro Wedding Day at Glenfall House

The smaller the wedding the more I am on show as your chosen professional photographer and so I take the time to build a rapport with your families and guests. This makes for exquisite relaxed imagery that you’ll treasure.

Details, details, details…

Fewer tables at dinner means that you can really go to town on the details!

In corporate fresh flowers, bespoke menus and place settings, family heirlooms, and nods to your favourite past times. Luxe items that really compliment your style for the day and make your guests feel wonderful and cherished. And do as the fabulous Angel at Chateau de la Motte Husson does and have bespoke embroidered napkins for every guest.


For bespoke menus and place settings I highly recommend RKM Calligraphy.

And remember to create special moments for your guests too. Make sure there are comfortable sofas and areas where they can relax before and after dinner.

Richard & Poko on their Micro Wedding Day at Thyme, Southrop

Be clear on what you want and be firm on what you don’t!

Even small weddings will benefit from hiring a wedding planner even if you just want to hand over on the day co-ordination and running of the day. Meaning that you can enjoy the day without having to worry if the champagne is just about to run out!

And above all have the most wonderful day!

Smaller weddings are just as wonderful as the bigger weddings.

For Gloucestershire and Cotswolds wedding photography call me today to chat about your wedding day…

And head on over to see the current Micro Wedding Photography Package (Collection 5)

Have a look at these perfect Small/Micro Weddings and you’ll see why I love them…

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