Planning an Intimate Wedding
Bigger isn’t always better, even when it comes to weddings. Intimate weddings, with their close-knit vibe, can be just as lavish and elegant as bigger celebrations. Here are 3 expert tips for creating the small event of your dreams.
1. Keep the guest list exclusive
This may seem obvious, but your definition of a small wedding may be different than your fiancé’s, so first be sure you’re on the same page.
Another factor to consider is the capacity of your venue. This can help you nail down the final head count. Once you’ve defined your vision, start a list of must-have attendees with the knowledge that you’ll have to make some tough decisions.
“Having a more intimate wedding signals that you will be intentionally limiting the guest list, for whatever reason, so guests won’t take it so personally if they don’t get an invitation,” says Raquel Shutt, owner of Wedding Savvy Wedding & Event Consulting.
2. Have fun with your budget
One major benefit of a smaller wedding is that they usually cost less, giving you more wiggle room in your budget.
“Twenty thousand dollars for 200 guests would typically involve paper goods and a barbeque type affair, but $20,000 for 25 guests can provide an extremely elegant dinner and tablescape at a premier location,” says Shutt.
Consider putting the money you save toward something that will make your day memorable, like surprising your partner by renting that antique truck or booking that sought-after photographer.
3. Create a personalized experience
There are plenty of things that don’t change when it comes to wedding planning, no matter how big or small it is. One of the perks of a small wedding, though, is the couple’s ability to have a more personal connection with each guest.
You can make your ceremony extra special arranging seats in a circle for a more intimate feel, passing out a candle for each guest to hold as you exchange vows or asking each guest to share a blessing. At the reception you can keep the personal vibe going by having an open seating plan or asking guests to share marriage advice and relationship stories.
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