Is a small wedding right for you?
Not convinced that a small wedding is right for you? Or if you’re out to sell others on the idea, here is a list of reasons that prove that small is beautiful!
1. You will celebrate one of the most important days of your life with the people who matter most to you. Most couples agree that this is one of the best things about having a small wedding.
2. You will feel more relaxed. Being surrounded by friends and family instead of a bunch of acquaintances will make you feel more more at home with your guests. Your wedding will feel more like a celebration with close-knit friends and family, than a production.
3. You will save money. You can save anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars by having an intimate wedding, which means you don’t have to go over budget. For many couples, this is the primary reason for scaling back the guest list.
4. You can splurge on what's important. Some couples choose a small guest list so they can pull out all the stops and have a truly lavish wedding. When you’ve got fewer guests, you can splurge on the things that really matter. For some that might be a five course sit down meal. For others it may mean hiring a band for the night, or even an expensive designer dress.
5. You can get creative with your venue. A smaller guest list means more creative venue options like bed and breakfasts, museums, art galleries and restaurants.
6. You can customize. Using a humanist celebrant in itself is a definite way to ensure a unique wedding, but also having a small wedding gives you the opportunity to get your creative juices flowing and make your unique wedding a reflection of the two of you.
7. You get to spend more time with your guests. Having a large wedding can make some couples and their guests feel like they are fulfilling a social obligation instead of attending a celebration. Small weddings aren’t like that. When the guest list is small, the bride and groom can spend time with each of their guests, making them feel welcome and more at ease. Also, when the guest list is small, guests will have a better opportunity to mingle with others. In fact, there’s a good chance that many of your guests will know one another.
8. DIY projects are more manageable. It’s a lot easier pulling off DIY projects with a guest list under 75, than a big scale production.
9. Your wedding will leave an impression. Because your wedding won’t be typical – the kind your guests have been to over and over again – your wedding is more likely to be remembered.
10. You can work with a shorter time-line. With fewer people and details to fulfill, you’ll have the option to cut down your time-line. Want to be married by this time three months from now? A small guest list makes this possible.
11. You will spare feelings. With a small wedding, you have an easy out to tell people who aren’t invited. If you’re having a large gathering, it gets a little harder to tell them why they didn’t make the cut.
12. You can have an amazing honeymoon. It’s inevitable during the planning process to, at some point, want to speed up to the honeymoon. Have the getaway you pictured in your mind with more money available to spend and less worry on your brow while you enjoy the time away.
13. Spending time with your spouse on your Big Day. Stop. Relax. Soak it in. It’s not something many couples get to do on their wedding day because of stress, obligatory conversations and details they have to manage and take care off. Take a moment to enjoy each other on your wedding day, because that’s what it’s all about, right?
14. Your photographer will love you. Most photographers LOVE shooting intimate weddings. Photographers can focus on getting great shots, instead of herding guests into group photos.
15. It’s much easier to be eco-friendly. There is an exceptional amount of waste that is involved with weddings. With less people, you’ll have less paper to send out (saving you from writer’s cramp in the thank-you note arena as well), less food, less trinket favors and less waste all around.
16. You can cut loose. With your close friends and family in a comfortable setting, you’ll feel free to dance, play music you actually like and celebrate like you just got married.
17. It’s a wedding, not a reunion. There’s no need to pay $100 per head for dinner to rekindle old friendships. It may seem like a good idea when you’re planning, but when you’re sharing your first kiss as a married couple and Suzy-in-Everyone’s-Business stares at you with that I’m-totally-Instagramming-this smile, you’ll wish you had chosen closer friends and family to share your day.