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Investing in Intimacy - Breaking Down the Cost of Your Micro Wedding at The Elysian Retreat

Updated: 21 hours ago

When it comes to planning your dream wedding, there's often a misconception that bigger means better. But for many couples, the idea of an intimate micro wedding holds far more appeal. And if you're considering hosting your micro wedding at The Elysian Retreat, you might be surprised to find that investing in intimacy doesn't have to break the bank.

If you’re wondering around how much you’ll be spending if you decide to have your micro-wedding with us here at The Elysian Retreat, we went ahead and broke down the cost. **Please note that every couple is different and depending on your preference, may spend more or less depending.

From your biggest expenses to smallest:

The Venue Reception

At The Elysian Retreat, we offer a picturesque setting for your micro wedding, with our venue rental priced at $4999 for up to 16 guests. For each additional guest beyond 16, there's a nominal fee of $100 per person, with our maximum guest count capped at 30. This means you have the flexibility to invite your nearest and dearest without worrying about overwhelming your budget. Our venue reception package includes: On-site Day of Coordinator, Wedding Rentals; Tables, Chairs, Silverware, Plates, Linens, Glassware, Patio Heaters, Wireless Speakers, Reception Venue (Includes Reception Setup and Tear Down and Event Cleaning Fee)Tablescape Decor and Design, Printed Menus for all Guests (click here to learn more)

Accommodations in Sedona

For those looking to extend the celebration into a weekend getaway, The Elysian Retreat offers luxurious accommodation options. Our nightly stay ranges from $700 to $900 per night, (depending on the season) with an additional cleaning fee of $290. With our stunning accommodations, you and your guests can relax and unwind in style before/after the festivities.


No wedding is complete without a delicious meal to tantalize the taste buds. At The Elysian Retreat, you have the option of hiring a private chef to create a bespoke culinary experience for your guests. Chef costs vary depending on factors such as the number of courses and the quality of proteins selected, ranging from $50 to $250 per person. Lower range cost (for instance $50 per head would more likely be a buffet style versus a plated meal)


Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and capturing those precious moments is essential. The cost of hiring a photographer at The Elysian Retreat ranges from $2500 to $7500 depending on the numbers of hours and packages offered. For couples who want both photography and videography services, the price increases to between $7200 and $12000. Investing in professional photography ensures that you'll have stunning images to cherish for years to come.

The following are smaller expenses:

Officiant Services

Whether you choose to have a religious or secular ceremony, the officiant plays a crucial role in your wedding day. The cost of hiring an officiant at The Elysian Retreat ranges from $250 to $500. Alternatively, you can opt to have a family member or friend officiate your ceremony for free, adding a personal touch to your special day.

Hair & Make Up

For a micro-wedding, the cost of hair and makeup for the bride typically ranges from $300 to $500. This price includes professional styling and application, ensuring the bride looks her best for the intimate celebration.


We offer once of our signature tablescape designs included in our reception package which means that most couples don’t need to add floral to their table. However, if you'd like to add floral, we will recommend our couples to a local florist. Most couples will opt for a boutonniere and bouquet which will cost between $50 - $200.


Most of our couples bring their own alcohol and guests self- serve during cocktail hour so the expense depends on how much your party drinks & types of alcohol but usually no more than $200.

Additional Expenses

While the above costs cover the essentials, there are additional expenses to consider when planning your micro wedding. Floral arrangements, alcohol and drinks for guests, transportation (including airfare/car rental if traveling from out of state or country), cake, and hair and makeup services all contribute to the overall cost.

The total cost can range from $10,245 to $29,745, depending on your preferences and budget, however...

The Average Cost

After surveying our past couples' weddings, we found that the average cost of hosting a micro wedding at The Elysian Retreat, including all expenses, is approximately $15,000.

Investing in intimacy doesn't have to be expensive, especially when you choose to host your micro wedding at The Elysian Retreat. With our intentional venue rental, luxurious accommodations, and customizable options, you now have a great idea of what everything will cost when creating the intimate wedding of your dreams.

Contact us today to start planning your unforgettable micro wedding at The Elysian Retreat.


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