For those of you who don’t know, I’m one of the designers at Funky Olive. And PS. it’s the best gig eva (insert Maine accent here). Speaking of, I recently moved to ABQ, driving all the way from Maine with my fiance and four rescue bunnies. And yeah, I enjoyed watching the trees bloom here vs being in my millionth snow storm this Spring.
Ok, I’ll get to the point, I got engaged this past Thanksgiving and am planning my wedding. So if you are like me, and don’t want the hassle of a giant wedding, there is hope! Whether you are getting married for the first, second, or third time, a mirco wedding is always an option.
My fiance and I both got married and divorced in our twenties and agreed that if we ever got married, it would basically qualify as a borderline-elopement. We wanted something intimate, simple, and most of all stress-free. I can’t tell you what a nutball I was preparing for my first wedding. Something about me, I’m type-A and can drive myself cray cray trying to make everything ‘perfect’. So I wanted to keep my mitts off things this time around and give myself less to ‘control’.
Ironically, we got engaged after moving across the country, and then decided to fly the seven total guests in from around the country. That’s right, I said seven, and that includes my fiance and I. Should we just go ahead and say Mirco weddings are 15 people or less? You heard it here first. My opinion rules, #MircoIntimateWedding.
Another amazing hashtag, #SmallWeddingBigDress! Since I’m going so small and simple for the wedding details, I wanted to do something a bit different for the dress. Plus, I did the traditional wedding dress for my first wedding, so screw that. This time around the dress is going to be bold and RED. When it’s your wedding, you get to make your own rules, (unless your parents kind of suck). My point is, have fun and give it your own flavor.
Here’s the rundown: no flowers, no decorations, no traditional reception. We are getting married outside at sunset in June, because it’s hella gorgeous here in ABQ. We’re having our ceremony at the Elena Gallegos Park in the Sandia Foothills. (Get this, there is an actual hitching post there!!! Blerg! So cute!) My fiance’s BFF is the pastor, so there will only be people we know and love present. Our photographer, Julie Haider, specializes in intimate weddings that take place outside. The ladies are gettin’ their hair did by the infamous C. Johnson. Since I’m vegan, and love me some cake, we’re getting ours from Planty Sweet. Obviously, Funky Olive is producing my desert-themed invitations. And finally, we’re doing a super simple and delicious dinner provided by Buen Provecho back at the house. (Did you know that their vegan tamales taste like cake…. because yeah… they do.)
Basically we wanted to spend some quality time with those closest to us while they are in town. Ultimately, what we’ll remember are the hilarious, sweet, intimate moments we create over the weekend. We don’t want to worry about tons of small details we’ll forget all about.
To sum up, go #MicroIntimateWedding, if you want to enjoy the small moments of the day with those you love. Figure out which items are most important to you. Is it baller invitations made by Funky Olive, and an adventure honeymoon? Or flying in your favorite band to play? Put your resources and time only towards what’s important to you, and skip the rest.