Dreaming of a personal wedding with all eyes on just the two of you? While grand and lavish weddings have been trendy throughout the years, many couples are now planning more intimate affairs, which allow for an intimate celebration of their marriage. Chic and unique, a smaller wedding is not only more romantic, it also boasts a huge range of other benefits…
You can snap up an intimate and unique wedding venue
Sometimes the biggest struggle when it comes to wedding planning is finding a venue large enough to accommodate your wedding party. However, with a smaller group of guests, you’ll not only have access to the more traditional wedding venues in the local area, you’ll also be able to select a truly unique gem such as Château Rhianfa, in Anglesey, Angel House, in East Sussex, or River Cottage, in Devon.
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Smaller weddings are more budget-friendly
On the whole, weddings with fewer guests and/or less elaborate details are much cheaper than more lavish affairs. While your wedding is an experience you certainly won’t want to forget, it doesn’t mean you need to spend all your life savings on just one day. Instead, why not put some aside for an awesome honeymoon to start your newlywed life together?
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Your day, your way
With a smaller wedding, you’ll have fewer guests to worry about, less people to please and the day can actually be about the two of you and your marriage. With more elaborate affairs there can be too many members of the party trying to steal to limelight or a wide variety of needs to accommodate. Who need that extra stress on their wedding day?
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You have more control of your wedding budget and where it goes
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Small weddings don’t always have to go hand-in-hand with a tight budget. Perhaps you have the budget to finance a big day, but would prefer to spend your pennies on an epic cake and your dream dress rather than a multitude of guests.
You get to spend the day with people you truly love
At a traditional wedding, it’s not uncommon to have friends of your parents make an appearance, or long lost cousins. While this may make your family happy, we don’t all enjoy random guests being part of our special day. With an intimate wedding you can be super strict with your guest list and offer the perfect excuse to those that didn’t make the cut. You could also take on tips from the celebrity world, and opt to get married in secret – with just a handful of guests.
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There’s an opportunity to add a personal touch
When you’re hosting a large-scale wedding day there are some things that are a necessity. You’ll need a top caterer that can provide a special menu for 75 plus guests, a florist capable of creating an epic display, and a wedding co-ordinator to help run the day. Smaller weddings, on the other hand, offer more flexibility. Rather than opting for a standard menu, there may be opportunities to serve up a pizza feast or quaint afternoon tea. You may also wish to set up other activities best suited to smaller guest numbers, such as an after-dinner show performance, post-wedding drinks in the local countryside pub, or a co-ordinated balloon release.
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Every moment can be captured
With so many guests to meet and greet and a jam-packed timetable for the day, it’s no surprise that wedding days fly by. Smaller, more intimate affairs offer a more relaxed day of celebrations and for couples to be at the heart of the action all day long. There’s no chance you’ll miss out on what your guests get up to, and no concerns that you’ll be apart from your wedding party for too long. In smaller settings, every smile and moment can be captured and reflected in your wedding photographs and/or video.
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