I’ll admit that when I first heard the term microwedding I was really turned off. I personally don’t like the phrase, but ya know…. seo and keywords am I right?!? As I dug into what a microwedding was, I also stumbled upon a minimony and then I was further down the rabbit hole.
Today we’re deep diving into all three so that you can have a clear vision as to what your perfect Maui Wedding might look like. Before I continue, however, let’s first link up current Covid-19 Hawaii travel information.
A Microwedding is technically everything you’d have for the luxe wedding of your dreams, but for less people (think 25-50 of your closest friends and family).
A smaller guest count means that you can create a more lavish experience on your wedding day by hiring the finest wedding vendors – think floral arches, luxe bouquets, custom-crafted cocktails, and scrumptious catered meals at beautiful private locations like The Olowalu Plantation House or buying out a restaurant like Gannons. Because of a smaller guest count, couples are choosing things for their wedding that truly matter to them and make their wedding one of a kind.
You can even take it a step further by creating a full Maui experience and booking a block of hotel rooms and fun activities to create a lifelong wedding experience for you and your guests.
I’m still not sold on the term, but I absolutely LOVE the idea behind it!
Here we go again with another ridiculous word (ummm thanks 2020?).
A minimony is basically an elopement with the addition of close family and friends – think 20 tops though in Hawaii under current rules, 20 on the beach includes vendors.
A Minimony can feature (or not feature) as many luxe additions as you’d like. I often recommend splurging on hair and makeup (a must with our humidity and salt content in the air), flowers, and of course wedding photography. Minimony (Minimonies? Minimonees?) are a great way to go out to a fantastic dinner afterward at a delicious Maui Restaurant – quick side note – our couples get our exclusive list of the best eats on Maui.
Elopements are two people and their vendors. Elopements are magical because they can be as simple or as lavish as you’d like.
No bouquet? check. The most lavish bouquet you’ve ever seen? Of course! An hour on the beach with a photographer and an officiant? Yup!
Let’s get into all the juicy details of my favorite kind of elopement. Picture this….
Lounging in your hotel room or condo writing love notes to each other – jumping on the couch (or bed), a room picnic – maybe some cuddling.
You then head to the beach of your dreams surrounded by beauty and marry your best friend, play in the water, climb on the cliffs – the day is yours and you get to make it exactly as you wish. (my favorite elopement coverage is 3-4 hours)
I’d love to hear your thoughts on Microweddings, Minimonies, and Elopements and what you’re hoping to have for your big day!
Mariah Milan Photographers specializes in all three types of wedding Photography
Anna & Eddie’s Microwedding at Olowalu Plantation House
Planning: Maui’s Angels / Venue: Olowalu Plantation House / Event Rentals: Inspiration Hawaii / Catering: Maui Ohana Catering / Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy / Florals: Maui PalmTree Floral / Entertainment: KCK Entertainment / Arch: Altered Maui / Photography: Mariah Milan Photographers / Officiant: Peter D / Linens: Latavola / Hair & Makeup: MeiLi Autumn
Microwedding Restaurant Setup: Gannons Wailea
Shannon & Denver’s Minimony at Ironwood Beach
Officiant: Tino Rosete / Photography: Samantha for Mariah Milan Photographers / Hair & Makeup: Love & Beauty Maui / Florals: Fukushima Flowers
Cassandra & Aaron’s Cliff Elopement in Kapalua
Planning: Maile Maui Weddings / Hair & Makeup: Love & Beauty / Bouquet: In Bloom Hawaii / Music: Manutea Nui E / Lei: Native Intelligence / Officiant: Peter D.
Giada & Matteo’s Elopement at Ironwood Beach
Planning: Maile Maui Weddings / Officiant: Ernest Pua’a / Hair & Makeup: MeiLi Autumn Beauty / Cinematographer: Stephan Boeker / Haku: Haku Maui / Lei: Native Intelligence / Bouquet: In Bloom Hawaii / Photography: Mariah Milan Photographers