Intimate weddings are truly something amazing. They are intentional, personal, and relaxed. They are a slow, deep breath amidst the frenzy of fast-paced, big wedding excitement. The schedules are loose, leaving the bride and groom ample opportunity for private moments with one another and extended conversations with their nearest and dearest. Also, a reduced guest list means more funds for food, drinks, and adventures!
But – our favorite part about intimate weddings is the quality of candid photographs that come out of them. The bride and groom are surrounded by the few closest people and have the freedom to be themselves, resulting in some truly heartwarming moments with their favorite people.
If you’re trying to figure out how to have a small wedding as opposed to the “Party of the Year” wedding event, here are a few very strong reasons to go the intimate route:
- You can celebrate with people you actually love and who love you! What better situation can you ask for on this special day?
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- Weddings are notorious stress-inducers. But, by having an intimate, small wedding, you’ll likely feel more relaxed during the planning stages and on your wedding day.
- Having a smaller wedding will save you tons of money—another way to alleviate stress!
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- Piggy-backing on #3, with more money saved on otherwise having to feed hundreds of people, provide seating for them all, and more worries, you can splurge on highly memorable items of your wedding (more on this later!).
- Your entire wedding is highly customizable; your special day doesn’t have to be a “one size fits all” situation when you can customize each aspect of the event.
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- You can spend more time with your guests. No worries about making your rounds through a ballroom to say a quick “hello” and “thank you for coming” to each person.
- Your guests will feel more at home, comfortable, and relaxed and you can get your guests involved in fun activities, games, personalized guest books, and more.
- People will remember your unique and heartfelt wedding for a long time.
- There are fewer expectations for how the day should go so you can worry less about planning a minute-by-minute schedule of your wedding and more about having a good time.
- Consider eliminating the need for ceremony seating and host a standing ceremony. Guests will naturally circle you and your soon-to-be husband/wife creating a close, tight-knit feel that brings everyone together
- Choose a small venue—don’t even consider hotel ballrooms or country clubs. Think more along the lines of country barns, small restaurants, art museums, or backyards
- Don’t worry about hiring a wedding band that could draw attention away from you and your new special someone. Stick with an iPod playlist and a good sound system
- Choose vendors and coordinators that specialize in small weddings
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- Make a list of the top three things you want to splurge on for your big day. It could be anything from food and drinks to eye-opening entertainment. Make a point to set aside money for those things or at least one of them so you can splurge!
Finally, be inspired to get creative to put your own spin on everything in your wedding!
One of the most important things to remember when planning a wedding is that this is your day to be creative and to make it special for you and your significant other! Have some fun with the seating arrangements by mixing and matching chair styles, opting for benches, floor cushions, or hay bales instead of foldout metal chairs.
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