Intimate weddings: 3 ways to trim your guest list

Intimate weddings: 3 ways to trim your guest list

Today, we look at the benefits of having a small wedding, and offer a few suggestions when it comes to trimming down that guest list.

It seems that having a small guest list is becoming increasingly popular. Couples are choosing intimate celebrations with their closest friends and family over lavish weddings with over 100 guests. Today, we look at the benefits of having a small wedding, and offer a few suggestions when it comes to trimming down that guest list.

The Pros of the Intimate Wedding

While it’s not the choice of every couple, there are benefits to having a smaller wedding.

1. Saving Pennies

As the majority of a wedding budget is generally spent on food and drink, it comes as no surprise that a smaller wedding could cost less. You can choose a smaller venue, you have fewer mouths to feed and less to decorate. Then, the choice is yours - you can either reduce your budget, or splash the same amount on 40 guests as you would have on 140.
 

Intimate weddings: 3 ways to trim your guest list

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2. Time to Chat

Many couples comment that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to spend time with all their wedding guests. With a more intimate celebration, that’s unlikely to be a problem. You’ll have plenty of time to mingle with your nearest and dearest, spending quality time with everyone you invite.
 

Intimate weddings: 3 ways to trim your guest list

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3. Manageable Planning

If you have limited time to plan, inviting fewer guests can be less stressful. Your numbers may mean you can take a private room in a restaurant or boutique hotel where most of the organisation can be taken care of for you.
 

Intimate weddings: 3 ways to trim your guest list

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How to Trim the List

Cutting down a guest list is no easy task. No one wants to be responsible for offending a friend or family member, and it’s often much easier to invite someone than not. The key is to be honest from the outset – make sure people know your plans and don’t send out Save the Date cards until your list is absolutely final!

1. Don’t be Afraid to be Ruthless

Rather than invite people that are merely acquaintances – or at best, Facebook friends that you haven’t seen in years – why not make a pact with your groom to only invite friends and family that you have seen face to face in the past 12 months? Chances are this will cut down on your guest list dramatically, while ensuring that the only people invited to your wedding are your true friends.
 

Intimate weddings: 3 ways to trim your guest list

Image © Paul Willetts Photography at Curradine Barns

2. Adults Only

It’s not uncommon for couples to decide against inviting children to a wedding, and it’s perfectly acceptable. Without children, you might be able to keep your numbers down and plan a more adult celebration. Make your decision clear on every invitation to give friends and family with children the opportunity to arrange childcare.
 

Intimate weddings: 3 ways to trim your guest list

Image © Steve Rooney Photography at West Tower

3. Draw the Line

With large families and plenty of friends, the guest list can go on forever! With your partner, decide where to draw the line and stick to it. You may opt not to invite cousins, friends from work or friends that aren’t mutual. Whatever the decision, it should be fair to both of you.
 

Intimate weddings: 3 ways to trim your guest list

Image © Paul Willetts Photography at Curradine Barns

 

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