In a backlash against super-expensive ceremonies, more people are throwing 'microweddings' — here's how to pull it off

Business Insider | 2/13/2018 | LearnVest
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The average cost of a wedding ceremony in America is $35,329, according to The Knot.

'Microweddings' are wedding ceremonies planned on a smaller, more budget-friendly scale than the average 141-person wedding.

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By simply reducing the number of guests invited, thousands of dollars can be saved and the event will be easier to organize.

If you recently popped the question or have a dazzling new rock on your finger, congrats on your engagement! Now kicks off the wedding planning process which, depending on the type of person you are, can be a delight, a dread — or likely a combination of both.

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For some couples, throwing a blowout bash for friends and family is worth the time and money. But if spending the next year constantly refreshing your Pinterest feed (and checking your dwindling bank account) isn't how you want to plan your big day, allow us to introduce you to the microwedding. Here's everything you need to know about the growing trend of tiny weddings.

What is a microwedding?

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Let's start with what a microwedding isn't. It isn't an elopement, where the couple goes off to city hall to wed in secret. But it isn't the lavish affair with all the frills either.

A microwedding sits somewhere in the middle and is simply a ceremony intentionally planned on a much smaller scale than the average 141-person wedding.

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Maggie Gaudaen, co-founder of Pop! Wed Co., helps plan small weddings with 35 guests or fewer. For her, a microwedding focuses more on the marriage ceremony itself and less on the reception. It's easier to manage a reception or do away with it altogether when there are fewer guests to account for. Plus, "having an awesome experience for a smaller amount of people doesn't take as much logistical planning or as much money," she adds.

Whether you refer to them as microweddings,...
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