Elopement, Minimony, or Micro Wedding

With all the changes to gatherings due to COVID these three terms are all the buzz. So, what exactly is an Elopement, Minimony, and a Micro Wedding? And how are they different?


According to Bride Magazine, an elopement is a marriage conducted without the knowledge of the couple’s family and friends, particularly their parents. Typically, those who elope only have a ceremony and do not host a reception or celebration.

Basically… it’s just the two of you, your officiant and your photographer… plus hopefully some flowers. We have been lucky share in a few elopements and have been truly touched by how sweet and intimate the moment feels.

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A minimony is a mini ceremony held with your loved ones, or simply a moment of commitment shared between yourselves.

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The minimony more like the ceremony you envisioned for your big day. Ten to twenty of your closest friends and family come together to witness you two exchange your vows. You two, your officiant, your photographer, a ceremony location + close family and friends.

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Micro Wedding

This is an option many couples were choosing even before COVID. A Micro Wedding will feel very much like a destination wedding. Micro Weddings include no more than 50 guests and all your standard wedding touchpoints. A Ceremony, dinner, and an intimate reception. For a how-to, check out this article we found.

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We are so excited about how many couples are choosing to move forward with their “I do’s” and are looking forward to documenting them. You may even remember that back in March we launched a new service to accommodate the changing landscape of weddings. And more recently we joined forces with some great vendors to make executing these smaller weddings a breeze. If you are interested check out Virtual Vows Temecula for all the details.

by Alexis Sanabria

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