Extraordinary times like ours require flexibility and adaptability when planning events. There are always new guidelines and restrictions that make it impossible to plan a small or micro wedding. Here are some tips to help you scale down your wedding while still making it memorable.
- TAKE YOUR TIME BACK
Wedding planning is an expensive undertaking. It can also be stressful. This is especially true if you have to manage large groups of people. For smaller weddings, the admin involved in guest management, RSVPs, seating arrangements, accommodation, and transport can be greatly reduced or eliminated. As you have more time, this allows you to make your intimate wedding truly yours.
2. MAXIMIZE YOUR BUDGET
Another benefit of a smaller wedding? You can maximize your budget and spend less on guests. As a couple, you can put more money into the areas that matter most to you. Consider a multi-course meal or a dessert station if you’re a foodie.
You can celebrate with your favourite people and avoid inviting those who may have been there to please your parents. Consider that if you have a non-religious ceremony, your guest’s list will include your witnesses, immediate family, parents/siblings, and any other partners. This leaves room for your closest friends.
The possibilities for different venues and locations are expanded when you scale back. Because of the low cost of destination weddings, it is more appealing as they aren’t prohibitive. You also have other options, such as a venue at home, glamping or private dining spaces in restaurants, boat rental, boutique hotel spaces, and other non-traditional ‘wedding venues’. These options complement the smaller wedding.
5. EXPERIENCE WITH GUESTS
An intimate wedding allows you to spend more time with your guests and allows you to get to know them better. For a destination wedding, you could create personalized welcome gifts for each guest.
An intimate wedding allows for personalization at every step. It’s possible to create the tablescape that you have been dreaming of using the ideas and pins you have saved on Pinterest. You don’t have to spend as much as 100 people, and you can afford beautiful tableware.
7. THE SEATING PLAN
To make the guests experience more enjoyable, you can experiment with table seating. It is becoming a trend to seat people in a circle at the ceremony so that everyone has a great view. This will allow them to get to know one another better.
A 10 piece band may not be the best option for small weddings or venues, but there are still options. One suggestion is to have an acoustic band or acoustic performer. This will allow you to create your playlist and make sure you get the music you are looking for.
9. PLANNING EVENTS ABROAD THE WEDDING
Intimate weddings allow for the possibility to extend celebrations beyond the traditional day. You can host a welcome dinner or host a brunch the following day. It’s becoming more common for “buddymoons”, a group of friends, to plan activities and trips after the wedding.
10. THE THINGS THAT YOU CAN POSSIBLY SHOCK
You can ditch the traditional format. You can change the timing of speeches and how food is served.