Never has there been a better time for micro-weddings.
The trend was already on the rise when COVID-19 pushed them into the spotlight by necessity. After all, most people didn’t want to delay getting married by a year or two just because they couldn’t have the 200-person party they planned on.
A micro-wedding is a much smaller wedding, typically 30 people or less. They’re perfect for saving money, reducing stress, and making your day that much more focused on you — not to mention fighting the spread of COVID. No matter when or where your nuptials are, you might want to consider if you really need your second cousin and his plus-one to attend your special day.
That said, making the shift to micro when you’ve only attended huge weddings before isn’t always easy, which is why we’re here with a few tips. This is just a sampling of our favorites, though. Remember there are plenty of intimate spots all across West Michigan.
Technically, you can hold a micro-wedding at any venue, but 20 people in a grand ballroom probably won’t feel quite right. There are plenty of local spaces that are plenty intimate, however, and even venues that can shrink down to fit your party. Not all of these spaces are open indoors during COVID, but if you’re planning ahead, that shouldn’t matter!
Bonus tip: Remember that it’s easy to hold a micro wedding outside too, whether it’s in your own backyard or at one of these venue’s outdoor spaces.
The Rutledge | 120 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids | therutledgegr.com
This fairly new venue is located in a restored, historic building full of timeless beauty. Booking here means an open-beam ceiling, vintage violet-paned windows, hardwood floors and access to the Baltic Suite.
Cheney Place | 1600 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids | thecheneyplace.com
Cheney Place is incredibly popular for events of all sizes. It looks like any old warehouse on the outside, and then you step into an “urban boutique” event space, full of wood, vintage design and an old freight elevator.
Gallery Divani | 15 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids | divanigr.com
Gallery Divani is a small, contemporary downtown haven, with exposed brick walls, tall ceilings and large windows. If you want to take your pictures on the Blue Bridge and then walk to your small ceremony, this is the place to be.
Lions & Rabbits | 1264 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids | lionsandrabbits.com
If you love art and community, get married in one of the most intimate spaces around, created by one of the most influential people in Grand Rapids: Hannah Berry, owner of Lions & Rabbits. Spend your special day surrounded by excellent local art in the Creston neighborhood.
Loft 310 | 310 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo
Loft 310 is really a series of venues, whether you want the original Loft with its well-lit, bright white space or The Gatsby, a modern downtown cocktail bar.
ALSO: Loft at Luna | The Rickhouse at Long Road Distillery | Bissell Treehouse at John Ball Zoo
Gettin’ Fresh | gettinfreshevents.com
Is Gettin’ Fresh a food truck? Yes! Is it JUST a food truck? Not at all. You can hire their truck for your event — which is a uniquely safe way to serve your guests — or you can get a full-service buffet, or family-style, or even a private dinner party. The food is a “Midwest twist on healthy,” like stuffed bell peppers, creative sandwiches, pasta and more.
Catered Creations | cateredcreationsinc.com
Catered Creations has just about every catering option imaginable, from a basic buffet to black tie service, featuring loads of entrée, side and salad options.
Martha’s Catering | marthascatering.com
Martha’s also has a history of catering social events, so you know they’re ready for your micro-wedding. Innovative food, beverage service, glassware rental — they have it all.
ALSO: Kangaroo Kitchen and Catering | Du Jour Fine Catering | Vault Catering and Events
It’s not just the massive parties that need wedding planners. If you want your day to be just right, without having to fuss over the details, have someone else take care of it. Their years of experience will make sure nothing is missed.
Lauren Koster Creative | laurenkoster.com
Paper Hat Weddings | paperhatweddings.com
All Buttoned Up Weddings | allbuttonedupevents.com
The Best Day Details | thebestdaydetails.com
Connolly House Events | connollyhousevents.com