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How to Host a Micro Wedding at Home

How to Host a Micro Wedding at Home

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What is a micro wedding? It’s a tiny marriage ceremony and, in recent years, this idea has gained popularity, offering couples a personal and meaningful way to celebrate their love surrounded by close friends and family.

Hosting your wedding in the comfort of your own home adds an extra layer of intimacy and authenticity to the occasion. In this guide, we'll walk you down the aisle of the logistics of planning and executing an unforgettable micro wedding in the UK, from legal considerations to decor, food, dress code, and practical tips for preparing your home for the festivities.

How to plan a micro wedding

Legal requirements

Before you start choosing the flowers, it’s crucial to ensure you meet all legal requirements for getting married in the UK. This includes giving notice at your local register office at least 28 days before the ceremony, providing proof of identity and address, and potentially obtaining a marriage license if you're planning a civil ceremony at home. Make sure to check with your local register office for specific guidelines and requirements.

Decor and atmosphere

Transforming your home into a wedding venue requires a little thought – if not a little cost. Start by selecting a colour scheme and theme that reflects your personal style and the tone you want to set for your special day. Whether it's rustic chic, vintage glamour, or modern elegance, let your home decor guide your choices. You can’t go wrong with fresh flowers, candles, or fairy lights to create a romantic atmosphere.

Don’t spend a lot of money – after all, if you wanted a big or expensive wedding, you wouldn’t be reading this! Instead, choose existing features of your home, such as a fireplace or garden, as focal points for ceremony backdrops or photo opportunities. Don't forget to add personal touches like framed photos, custom signage, or family heirlooms to infuse your wedding with sentimentality and charm. You could even use some ideas from our guide on how to host the perfect engagement party!

Food and drink

How much your micro wedding costs will depend on the scale of event you want. If you have a lot of spare cash but just want a small do, then you could hire a caterer, but if you’re squeezed on budget then you could enlist the help of talented friends or family members to create a delicious spread of appetisers, mains, and desserts that reflect your tastes and preferences. Opt for seasonal and locally sourced ingredients where possible to support small businesses and ensure freshness.

For drinks, offer a selection of signature cocktails, wines, and non-alcoholic beverages to cater to all tastes. You could set up a DIY bar station where guests can mix their own drinks or hire a bartender (again, if you can afford to) to serve up specialty cocktails with flair.

Dress Code

While a micro wedding offers the opportunity for a more relaxed dress code, it's still important to choose something that makes you feel confident and special on your big day. If you’re the bride, whether you opt for a traditional wedding gown, a chic trouser suit, or a casual sundress, ensure your outfit reflects your personal style and complements the overall aesthetic of your wedding.

Encourage guests to dress comfortably yet stylishly, taking into account the season and setting of your wedding. Consider providing guidance in your invitations to help guests feel prepared and confident in their outfit choices.

Prepping Your Home

Preparing your home for a micro wedding requires careful attention to detail to ensure both comfort and functionality for you and your guests. Start by decluttering and deep cleaning your space to create a blank canvas for wedding decor and festivities - check out our guide on how to remove stains from your carpet for an extra special finish to your home. Pay special attention to busy areas like hallways, bathrooms, and kitchen areas to ensure they remain clean and welcoming throughout the event.

Consider renting or investing in additional seating and tables to accommodate your guests comfortably. Create designated areas for different aspects of the wedding, such as a ceremony space, dining area, and dance floor, to facilitate smooth transitions between activities.


Flooring considerations

One often overlooked aspect of hosting a wedding at home is the impact it can have on your flooring. With guests moving around and potentially spilling drinks or food, it's essential to take precautions to keep your floors clean and protected.

If you have smooth flooring like laminate or engineered wood, consider laying down area rugs or runners to provide an extra layer of protection against spills and stains. Opt for durable, easy-to-clean materials that can withstand foot traffic and occasional accidents without sacrificing style. Tapi sells a collection of good quality rugs to take away in most stores.

For areas with carpet, consider investing in temporary carpet protection film or mats to shield against spills and damage during the wedding festivities. These protective measures can help preserve the integrity of your flooring and minimize post-wedding clean-up efforts. You can use our carpet care guide to find out more.

Host a micro wedding in your home with Tapi

This is a wonderful opportunity to create cherished memories with your loved ones in a familiar and intimate setting. With thoughtful attention to detail and a touch of creativity, your home can be transformed into the perfect wedding venue, providing the backdrop for a day filled with love, laughter, and joy.

Embrace the opportunity to personalise every aspect of your wedding and enjoy the magic of saying "I do" surrounded by those who matter most. We can help with rugs and new flooring, just pop into your local showroom and chat to one of our friendly floorologists.

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