The wedding industry is always growing and evolving. Each year couples bring their own tastes and interests into their wedding planning and, as such, the trends are constantly changing. One pattern that has emerged over the past few years is that many couples are opting for smaller, more intimate wedding celebrations.
Often called “micro-weddings”, these events blend elements of a traditional wedding with the simplicity of an elopement. By choosing this option, couples are able to reduce costs and focus on the people most important to them as they celebrate their marriage. This is exactly what Carnegie Hotel had in mind as they revamped their wedding packages.
“We’re offering several options now that include food, decor, an AV package, and an overnight stay, which is something we’ve never done before! Previously we charged a room rental fee and then offered couples a wide range of menu options and other services a la carte. With these new packages, we really wanted to simplify the process for couples who are more focused on their actual marriage than on planning a wedding. It can still be beautiful, without being stressful!”Amy Thomas, Sales Associate, Carnegie Hotel
Now, couples can pick their venue package based on the number of people who will be attending and they get lots of line items included in the package price as well! All the perks of a hotel wedding venue (like indoor and outdoor spaces, easy parking, dedicated staff, etc…) with none of the hassle!
In order to show couples exactly what they can expect from a micro-wedding at Carnegie, we put one of the packages into action for a full day of photos around the venue. We’ll walk through it below!
With the “Southern Simplicity” package, couples can have up to 40 guests at their event and get to utilize the Taylor Salons and Rose Terrace for their ceremony and reception. This allows for a wonderful variety of options for indoor and outdoor setups for both the ceremony and reception.
One of the best things about an inclusive package like this is that, while they take away some of the stress of wedding planning, there are still plenty of ways to add personal touches to the wedding day. In this setup, we used additional draping (complimented by the included uplighting), rented napkins, and a colorful cake to bring in spring inspired colors. Since we also wanted to create a whimsical space that invited the outdoors into our ballroom, we had a local calligrapher create butterfly place cards, and included other hand-written elements into the paper suite.
Another advantage of using a hotel as a wedding venue is that there is almost always food available on site. That’s no exception here, with Wellington’s providing all the Carnegie weddings with amazing dinner selections! And with a few simple choices, the “Southern Simplicity” dinner will be ready to go when guests arrive. No separate contracts, no calls and meetings with different caterers… just great food, presented beautifully.
Since we wanted to capture exactly what a micro-wedding at Carnegie could look like, we also kept track of all the pricing and vendors that created what you see. If we use a sample wedding for 26 guests, taking place on a Saturday, our charges are as follows.
This brings our total $3,255.80 for our micro-wedding! Pretty great deal right?! (Since Calligraphy, Cake, and Bouquet options are so varied, we didn’t include those in the pricing, but you could probably plan on an extra $500-$1,000 for those items, depending on your preferences.) Now just add your photographer and officiant and your wedding planning is complete! So simple! (To see all the packages offered by Carnegie Hotel, click HERE or contact their sales staff for more information!)
And don’t think we just set up a wedding and didn’t include the bride and groom! Our wonderful models Jessica and Josh spent their whole evening with us as we utilized the entire Carnegie property to create beautiful portraits that any micro-wedding minded couple would love! Hope you enjoy them too!