More and more couples are swapping large, extravagant celebrations for something smaller and much more intimate. And with the cost of a wedding pulling on the purse strings, we can certainly see why! Having a small wedding doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style or quality. In fact, there are so many ways that your intimate affair can have an impact, so find out our ways to create a day to remember – for all of the right reasons.
Also known as a micro wedding, there are tonnes of perks to have a smaller celebration. You can invite just your closest friends and family, allowing you to cut down on costs thanks to the shorter guest list. You can have some real fun with your wedding style, adding a personal touch that truly reflects your love story. A small intimate wedding is guaranteed to be relaxed too, which is perfect if that’s the vibe you’re going for.
If you are just having a handful of guests, you may want to consider an nontraditional wedding venue to host your nuptials. For instance, an outdoor ceremony overlooking an idyllic lake or a quirky ceremony in a Library with mismatched chairs. You could even exchange your vows in the garden of your family home. Choose somewhere that’s meaningful to you both, you don’t want to say ‘I Do’ with a room that is so large it echoes!
Images: Top Row Left via 100 Layer Cake by Lindsey Mueller Photography | Top Row Right via Nouba by Enchanted Wedding Photography* | Second Row Left via Rock My Wedding by Greg Reego Photography | Second Row Right via Green Wedding Shoes by Carol Oliva Photography | Third Row Left via Rock My Wedding (same as before) by Kelsie Low Photography |Third Row Right via Ruffled Blog by Rory Wylie | Fourth Row Left via Ruffled Blog (same as before) by Plum and Oak Photography | Bottom Row Left via 100 Layer Cake by Braedon Photography | Bottom Row Right via Style Me Pretty by Muravnik Photography. *unable to credit
With less guests to cater for, you can get really creative with your wedding food. Utterly scrumptious and totally on-trend, an informal yet luxurious grazing table could be a great fit for your wedding. Tables overflowing with antipasti, bread, meats and cheese will be a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and avoids the unnecessary costs of a three-course wedding breakfast. Alternatively, a kooky food truck is a fun choice – what about a burger bar or a wood fired pizza van?
Get sentimental and spoil your guests with handmade wedding favours. We love the idea of writing an individual poem for each guest or you could make them a mini ‘hangover’ pack ready to use the next day.
When it comes to your tablescapes, there are lots of lovely routes to go down. If you want something that is super relaxed and informal, you could collect lots of colourful scatter cushions and rugs to sit on, while using wooden pallets as tables. This is perfect if you’re having an outdoor affair with a boho or even Moroccan vibe. For couples who are using wooden trestle tables, consider how you arrange the tables so that everyone gets a chance to chat to each other. Go all out with your centrepieces and table décor – after all, you have the chance to make it truly spectacular!
Images: Top Row Left via Rhiannon Bosse Photography | Top Row Right via Rock My Wedding (same as before) by Kelsie Low Photography (same as before) | Second Row Left via Ruffled Blog (same as before) by Love Flora Fauna Photography | Second Row Right via Junebug Weddings by Sheila Nolt Photography | Third Row Left via Style Me Pretty (same as before) by Connie Whitlock Photography | Third Row Right via Nouba (same as before) by Bonnie Jenkins | Bottom Row Left via I Take You by Heather Payne Photography | Bottom Row Right via Lindsey Roman
While you may not need a five-tier masterpiece, you can still have a wedding cake! There are some seriously swoon-worthy small wedding cakes out there that are just one-tier and they look just as amazing as the bigger versions. Adorn your cake with fresh florals or a statement cake topper to make an impact. If you don’t fancy the thought of a cake, why not treat your guests to your favourite desserts? A ‘help yourself’ wedding dessert table brimming with cupcakes, donuts, cake pops and macaroons will be sure to tantalise everyone’s taste buds. It might even be the perfect opportunity to showcase your baking skills!
Keep it simple with some fun garden games to get everyone involved. Giant Jenga and croquet are wonderful purse-friendly ways to keep your guests happy and entertained, especially as it’ll be a smaller group.
As you can see, there are so many gorgeous ideas for small weddings. By opting for an intimate celebration, you will find you get to spend more quality time with your guests and you can prioritise your budget differently. Happy wedding planning!
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