Google searches for “micro wedding” (defined as <50 guests) hit an all-time high in August, booming since we first identified it as an emerging trend last year. 

As the pandemic trimmed guest lists, many couples turned to smaller ceremonies. With the rising costs (an average nuptial will set you back ~$30k) and stress of larger weddings, and the rave reviews and benefits of smaller ones, it looks like this trendline is only going up.

Most wedding venues are designed to reach maximum profitability hosting a minimum of 100 guests — or will at least require a minimum overall wedding cost. Micro weddings are a whole new ball game in terms of location, catering, and accommodation.