Micro-weddings have become more prominent over the course of the last year due to the pandemic and subsequent government restrictions. I’ve really felt for all my wedding couples having to deal with all this uncertainty, around what is undoubtedly such an extraordinarily special day for them. Despite this state of uncertainty, we are continuing to see the ease in restrictions and many couples are opting to have a micro-wedding, using this opportunity of the restriction on guest numbers to have a smaller, more intimate wedding celebration.
Like many significant celebrations, this allows the couple the option of having a larger celebration down the line, when restrictions further ease…allowing them to continue the celebrations for even longer.
Your micro-wedding can definitely still have that WOW factor! In some cases, it may feel even more special as attending guests know they’re part of the specially selected few – it also helps minimise the pressure of having to invite people that really aren’t a part of your lives anymore (sorry, Karen, that you met from your first ever job 15 years ago and haven’t seen in aaaages!)
There are still so many options for your wedding cake if you’re having a micro wedding, and here are just a few ideas to get you thinking…
You could still have your original multi-tiered showstopper of a cake, and choose to pass on portions of cake to those who couldn’t be there on the actual day (this is proving very popular for significant milestone birthdays also).
Replicate The Appearance
You could choose to replicate the appearance of your original cake but substitute some of the tiers for dummy tiers. If you’re particularly careful, and look after and store the dummy tiers well, you could look to re-purpose these dummy tiers to add to a new cake for a larger celebration further down the line.
Sometimes the best things come in small packages…
You could also have a smaller version of your original wedding cake created, which retains the style and design of your bespoke showstopper, but paired down to fit the reduced number of guests in attendance. These are becoming very popular and look very elegant.
Substitute sugar flowers for real ones!
Perhaps you might substitute the sugar flowers you may have chosen for your larger celebration for fresh flowers instead, to reduce the cost of your wedding cake. On the other hand, you might prefer to invest in hand-modelled sugar flowers so that you can treasure them as a keepsake of your day, or carefully use again at a larger celebration at a later date.
The latter is actually what I did with the sugar flowers on my own wedding cake 8 years ago. Although we weren’t in a pandemic at the time, I knew that I wanted to keep a memento from my precious wedding cake, so I carefully stored the sugar flowers and used to top the first birthday cake of my firstborn child (which was a bit like a wedding cake if i’m honest :p). It was so lovely to enjoy them again on such a special occasion.
If you’re planning your wedding, I’d love to know whether you’d consider a micro-wedding?