How To Have A Small And Intimate Wedding
It's a common tale and not a fairy tale, someone gets engaged, they want a small, intimate wedding and somehow end up with a huge unwanted affair which stresses them out, it's full of people they don't know, costs them a fortune and takes over their life to organize. Some people want nothing more than a big wedding, but those who don't often find it difficult to keep things small because of unwanted opinions from family, people they feel duty-bound to invite, and general expectations. So, if this is you, then you may need some help getting the small, intimate wedding you want. Look no further, here are a few helpful hints:
Choose A Meaningful Venue
This is the first place to start, if you don't have a venue that will fit hundreds of people, well you just can't have them, can you? Choose somewhere meaningful, beautiful, and somewhere you can make your own boutique wedding such as Colwick Hall if you want something traditional or if you want to go more quirky then see if your favorite restaurant or local pub will cater to your needs.
Having a destination wedding automatically means it will be smaller as many guests won't be able to attend a wedding that's far away that easily. You could choose somewhere that again either means somewhere to you, like where you had your first holiday or choose somewhere you've both always wanted to go. This would be the perfect opportunity to cross it off your bucket lists, and you won't need to go far for your honeymoon.
Stick To One Day
Don't make it a three-day extravaganza complete with pre-wedding dinner and post-wedding brunch; if you want something small and intimate, then celebrate your nuptials on just one afternoon.
Choose Your Bridesmaids Wisely
Have just one or two bridesmaids instead of a whole army of bridesmaids. You don't need to prove how many friends you have.
Go Back To Basics
A wedding doesn't need to be about the party favors or having the best bridesmaid dresses.
Be Prepared for Some Disappointment from Those Who Weren't Invited
There are bound to be some people who will feel let down because you didn't invite them to the wedding. However, don't feel guilty about this. If any one questions you, be honest and tell them you are having a small wedding. It is your special day, and you don't need to justify yourself to anyone. Remember that you deserve to have the wedding you always wanted, even if it doesn't make everyone happy. Focus on what is most important to both of you and stop worrying about what anyone else may think.
Also remember, is possible to have an intimate wedding and find other ways to include more family and friends on your special day, for example, you could consider having a party a month or two after the wedding for a larger group of friends and family as this will include more people without compromising on the intimate wedding you really want.