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How to Plan the Best Micro Wedding in Chicago | My Top Micro Wedding Planning Tips | Chicago Wedding Photographer

The wedding planning process has changed significantly in 2020. I’m here to share some good news and give you the micro wedding planning tips that I’ve learned over the past few months.

Who am I? I’m Joshua, the award-winning fine art wedding photographer here at Joshua Harrison Photography. My work has appeared in publications such as Brides and Weddings Magazine, CHI thee WED, and more. You can learn more about me and my team right here.

I’ve been working with my couples since March to re-plan their weddings.

Along the way, I’ve learned a number of things.

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Micro Wedding Planning Tips

#1: Small is better

For the past few years, I’ve watched wedding guest counts (and price tags!) get really out of hand during the planning process. In my experience, this is usually a result of family pressure. At some point, a lot of my couples have started to feel like it’s not even their wedding any longer. That they’re along for the ride.


You now have full control over the guest list. You get to invite the most important people in your life to be there, and you actually have time to be with them.

micro wedding planning tips

#2: You get to spend time with your guests

Traditionally, it’s actually rare for my couples to talk to every single guest at their wedding.

With a smaller wedding, you can now spend quality time with everyone you’ve invited.

#3: Cost

This year, couples are saving so much money on weddings. Prices for large events have gotten out of control, and now you can spend the money you save in other places. micro wedding planning tips

micro wedding planning tips

#4: You can now get married anywhere

This is one of the most exciting things with micro weddings – you can get married anywhere.

You no longer have to look for a hall to accommodate a certain guest count, while also meeting the budget.

Now you get to be creative. Some of my couples are getting married in forests, in front of waterfalls, and at restaurants that would not have been possible with a larger guest count.

#5: Better Wedding Photos

As a wedding photographer, this is the most exciting part of micro weddings for me.

Weddings have become much simpler overall. Which means less stress for you on the day. No problems to troubleshoot–you just get to enjoy the day.

This lack of stress on the wedding day really comes through in the photos.

We have all the time we need for photos, and we’re in control of the time of day we take them. At a traditional wedding, the photo session just kind of fits wherever it fits, which means non-ideal lighting conditions where you might not look your best.

We can schedule your micro wedding at the best time of day for photos.

To add to that, you can now use the budget you saved to spend a little more on the details you’d really like to have…luscious florals, a beautiful tablescape for your intimate dinner, and that caterer you’ve been dreaming of are now all within reach. micro wedding planning tips

micro wedding planning tips

So, how do you plan the best micro wedding?

My top micro wedding planning tips:

Pick your dream location

There are no longer any rules as to where you should have your ceremony. Parks, locations, and businesses are all really going out of their way to be super accommodating these days, and that makes your life a lot easier.

Invest some of the money you’re saving on bringing in great vendors

Budgets usually get stretched really thin because of the number of guests at the wedding. This is your excuse to involve all of the vendors you would want to have for your dream wedding.

Set up an on-location dinner, or move to a restaurant

With smaller guest counts, it’s now possible to set up a small reception wherever you’d like. Again, whatever your dream location is for this, this is probably the only year that it will be possible to do so.

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Schedule your ceremony when it’s good for photos

Approximately 2 hours before sunset will give us the best light for photos. micro wedding planning tips

Hire a photographer (me!) for 2-3 hours

That will cover a little of the getting ready, the ceremony, family photos, and photos of the two of you. (I also offer some extended packages if you’d like me to come to the reception)

My photography is primarily candid, so it’ll be a more relaxing experience than you might think right now.

Safety during this unprecedented time is a priority for me. I will respect all current local rules and CDC guidelines.

If you’re interested in working together or would like to discuss these micro wedding planning tips, please send me a note, and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

Thanks for reading and if you have any other questions, feel free to reach out!

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