Micro Weddings FAQ’s

Micro Weddings

What is a Micro Wedding?

Micro weddings are small, intimate weddings with usually less than 20 guests. Micro weddings are often shorter in duration than traditional weddings (usually no longer than 3 hours in total). Most micro weddings will consist of a ceremony, and then either a standing cocktail reception (with drinks and/or appetizers). While a small, traditional, dinner reception is sometimes included, having cocktail receptions only are becoming increasingly more popular.

What else are micro weddings called?

Tiny wedding, intimate wedding, and small wedding (and sometimes elopement). Though true micro weddings tend to have a shorter timeline than traditional weddings regardless of the size.

What is the difference between a micro wedding and an elopement?

A true elopement does not have any guests aside from witnesses (in Canada, two witnesses are required for all wedding ceremonies), and occasionally up to 6 guests. A micro wedding usually consists of a small number of guests as well, but typically micro weddings will have some elements of a larger wedding such as a cocktail and/or dinner reception.

Won’t my guests expect a meal?

Micro weddings usually include a celebratory drink and/or food following the ceremony. While a sit-down dinner is sometimes included for a micro wedding, cocktail receptions are becoming more popular. If you are having cocktails as opposed to one celebratory drink, it is customary to have some form of food.

Won’t my guests get hungry without a plated dinner?

It depends on what is expected. If you are wanting to replace a sit-down dinner with a cocktail reception, you can ask your caterer for a more substantial menu so your guests won’t be hungry.

What if I don’t want a cocktail reception or a formal reception for my micro wedding?

There are no rules! Micro weddings are less formal than traditional weddings and anything goes! You could just have a ceremony and maybe a celebratory drink, or if you prefer, you can have a ceremony and then make dinner reservations for you and your guests at a local restaurant afterward.

Can I have my micro wedding outside or do I need a wedding venue?

You can definitely have your wedding outside! Wedding venues are not mandatory! In Banff National Park you can have up to 24 guests for an outdoor ceremony. However, a permit is required, and chairs are not permitted.

What if I want to have most of the traditional elements of a wedding (e.g. cake cutting, speeches, etc.)?

Just because your wedding is smaller doesn’t mean you can’t have it all! If you want to have cake, flowers, decor, a first dance, etc. Go ahead! It’s your day. Just keep in mind that some wedding venues restrict your usage of the space to 2 to 4 hours. Having a shorter timeline can sometimes mean a reduction in costs.

How much do micro weddings cost?

Typically, the cost depends on several factors, how many guests you have, whether you have dinner or not, decor, cake, etc. However, the costs are generally much lower than a traditional wedding. Your budget will go much further if you only have a handful of guests!

Do you have more questions about Micro Weddings?

Be sure to get in touch! We love micro weddings are are here to assist you with micro weddings in Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, Jasper, and anywhere in the Canadian Rockies!

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