After a very challenging year and a slow, but hopefully steady, recovery ahead (sign us up for that vaccine), many brides are reinventing how they celebrate. Enter, what is being referred to as the micro-wedding – from a city hall registry, to an intimate exchanging of vows, or a scaled down version of the original plan. Whilst it may be smaller than originally planned, it doesn’t mean that the occasion, or what you wear, are any less significant.
Follow along as I share my tips for getting the most out of your “mini” celebration.
1. Micro doesn’t have to mean mini
Treat this opportunity and time as a liberating one because there really are no rules for what you wear. When deciding on that perfect look for your modified celebration there are so many trends to get you inspired.
The occasion may be perfect for a short or mini dress but if showing off your legs isn’t your thing, no stress. Jumpsuits and tailored pantsuits are a chic, timeless and powerful option all rolled into one (see my article “The Power of What We Wear”).
Still yearning for that twirl in a dress moment? A classic “tea length” skirt feels full and substantial yet gives you the great opportunity to show off a fabulous shoe.
My favourite design detail that I use across multiple dresses in our collection (it’s quickly becoming a studio staple) is a bow. Whether it’s structured and full, or deconstructed and soft, a bow can bring the whole look together and help to elevate the moment.
2. A dress you can wear again and again
You may be hosting an intimate micro-wedding now, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a larger celebration to come.
In an effort to save cost and minimize waste, we love the idea of re-wearing our minimony look for a future celebration. Think after party at the postponed bigger wedding, next day BBQ, charity ball, or surprising Grandma when it’s safe to hug her again. So many possibilities.
A dress which has less fabric or is shorter in length gives you the opportunity to go bold with your accessories. A pop color shoe, statement earrings or a fabulous headpiece will finish off your look. We carry a gorgeous range of veils – embroidery, lace edge and hand beaded pearls – that can be customized in length and color to finish off your look.
4. Make a statement
The beauty of a more intimate celebration? You can go big with your choices. With many locations restricting guest lists, this actually plays to your advantage. Your once maxed out 300-person budget can now be used to truly spoil your special, chosen few. Think luxury candle lit dinner, a table over flowing with florals, and personalized gifts at each table setting. And for your dress? Just because the guest list is smaller doesn’t mean you have to change your vision. If you have been dreaming of a full 10-layered tulle skirt and dropped-waist beaded lace bodice, go for it!
5. Capture it all
Yes, your celebration may be on a smaller scale than what you originally dreamed of but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t capture it. Investing in a photographer (and videographer) is absolutely worth it. I have worked with many brides who have opted for a fabulous intimate wedding, city hall registration or cozy ceremony, and the ones who have not invested in photos have regretted it. This is a must.
We have an amazing collection of little white dresses and jumpsuits - The Minis - available in our Hong Kong studio. Book an appointment to explore our collection, learn more about our customization options or begin your fully bespoke design journey.