With all the changes to gatherings due to COVID these three terms are all the buzz. So, what exactly is an Elopement, Minimony, and a Micro Wedding? And how are they different?


According to Bride Magazine, an elopement is a marriage conducted without the knowledge of the couple’s family and friends, particularly their parents. Typically, those who elope only have a ceremony and do not host a reception or celebration.

Basically… it’s just the two of you, your officiant and your photographer… plus hopefully some flowers. The few elopements we have been apart of have been so sweet and intimate, they have felt truly special.


A minimony is a mini ceremony held with your loved ones, or simply a moment of commitment shared between yourselves.

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The minimony more like the ceremony you envisioned for your big day. Ten to twenty of your closest friends and family come together to witness you two exchange your vows. You two, your officiant, your photographer, a ceremony location + close family and friends.

Micro Wedding

This is an option many couples were choosing even before COVID. A Micro Wedding will feel very much like a destination wedding. Micro Weddings include no more than 50 guests and all your standard wedding touchpoints. A Ceremony, dinner, and an intimate reception. For a how-to, check out this article we found.

We are so excited about how many couples are choosing to move forward with their “I do’s” and are looking forward to hosting them. No matter your choice, Elopement, Minimony, Micro Wedding, Hawk Ranch can provide the picture-perfect backdrop for exchanging your vows. Our team of preferred vendors, part of our all-inclusive package are ready to help you nail down every detail and make sure that the rest of your wedding planning goes off without a hitch!

by Alexis Sanabria