How to Plan a Maine Micro Wedding

by | Apr 5, 2021

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Micro Weddings… This is not a term we have all been familiar with but this is something that has been around for a long time, yes, pre COVID days. This is a newer term for many in light of the COVID pandemic and the impact it has had on the world. During the COVID-19 pandemic many of the guidelines for weddings changed, for quite some time there were only allow 10-50 people and at this time it didn’t stop people for still going forward with one of the best days of their lives with or without a global pandemic. It did however change how many people could attend and what weddings looked like, 10-50 people hence the term Micro wedding. Although we are still in this pandemic I have been booking several more Micro weddings and have come to love these deeply intimate weddings the most.

What Makes a Micro Wedding?

I love their intimate nature, the quaintness and all the hidden gems of Maine that don’t allow large numbers of people. Micro weddings allow you to have those closest to you come and celebrate one of the best days of you life. Micro weddings allow two families to come together as one. Now don’t get me wrong large weddings are a lot of fun also, but micro weddings have a sense of uniqueness in that you can invite those people you couldn’t celebrate without and don’t have to worry about all the extra plus ones or distant cousins you feel you would need to invite if you’re inviting everyone else. This is your day, and your day only. See your guest list as a VIP list only.

bride and groom holding each other at backyard wedding

Planning a Micro Wedding in Maine

Don’t mistake a Micro wedding for an elopement, they are indeed very different (that’s another blog post.) Remember, when planning your Maine Micro wedding this is about you and your significant other nobody else so everything is up to your choosing. You plan a micro wedding like any other wedding it can be at a venue of your dreams, at Acadia national park on top of a mountain, in your backyard or anywhere the resonates with you. Planning this wedding should be fairly stress free and laid back, remember the important part is you are marrying the person of your dreams right? So nothing else really matters as much as that. Also, Micro weddings cut down on the cost you would normally spend on a 100-250 person wedding. You spend less money on food, flowers, less on everything really.

If you have a small bridal party that cuts down on cost too, leaving you more money to spend on the things you love and that are important to you such as, your photographer and videographer. Or adding more time with your band or D.j, maybe you use that extra money to splurge on the venue of your dreams. It all comes down to creating the best memories for you and your guests. Take the time to discover what’s important to you.

Bride getting her dress bustled at the Cliff House

Where Can I Have a Micro Wedding in Maine?

When you’re planning your wedding the first things you typically think about is your venue or where you want to get married followed by your top three vendors that are going to help complete your day. The good thing about having a micro wedding is there are endless locations you could choose especially since lodging won’t be a large portion of your thoughts with less people attending. So when deciding where you want your wedding to be, relax and know having a micro wedding opens up a ton of possibilities. From large venues to intimate barn weddings, AirBnb’s, mountain tops, local restaurants etc. The possibilities are indeed endless.

Bride and groom wearing their COVID mask at the Cliff House

Can I Plan A Micro Wedding By Myself?

Of course you can, you can do anything. Planning a wedding big or small is a lot of work but can definitely be done with the help of family and friends. However, I do suggest if it’s in your budget to hire a wedding planner. Hiring a wedding planner will take a lot of the stress of the actual planning of you. You generate all the ideas and the wedding of your dreams and tell them what you’d like and they do the heavy lifting and make the dream a reality all while you sit back and enjoy the process.

Now this is my type of planning. Finding the right wedding planner is like finding the right photographer or videographer, they are going to be with you all day so make sure you jive well. Ultimately it’s all about making your life easier so you can love and enjoy the process. πŸ™‚

See this Micro Maine Wedding Film

Bride walking down the aisle with her dad



Catherine Gross

Catherine Gross


My name is Catherine and I specialize in wedding photography and videography in Maine and the rest of New England. From the rugged New England coast to the scenic interior views of lakes and mountains, I will be there with you every step of the way to capture all the special moments.

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  1. Marianne Moran


    I am interested in planning a micro-wedding. Just our siblings and spouses and son and wife. ( So, 12 total besides us.)

    We live in and like ve Maine, so that is our go-to venue.

    We our transplants ( four years here, ) but have never been to Bar Harbor yet. Is that the best spot?

    Mostly,I would love a great meal, music and some lovely pictures. Plus, a venue for these relatives to stay at, ( all would be coming to us from other states )

    We, the married couple to be, are in our sixties so just a heartwarming ceremony and time is our best wish.

    Please advise.

    Thank you, kindly.

    Marianne Moran


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