A small wedding allows you to share this special moment with the people who matter the most to you. A small wedding can also help keep your costs down, allow for a more personal and intimate feel, and enable you to spend time with your guests and each other. When it comes to planning a small wedding, it helps to know how to prepare for the process.
Be Consistent With Choosing Who to Invite
You and your spouse must be consistent with who you choose to invite to a small wedding. Sit down and determine how many people you want to invite to the wedding total and how many people each of you will get to choose to invite.
Create a criterion for determining who to invite. Are you just inviting family? Are you inviting close friends? Do those friends get a plus one? Having a consistent standard for choosing who is on the guest list will help mitigate and manage the feeling and expectations of those in your social circle who are not invited to the wedding.
Find a Budget
Even with a small wedding, it is essential to know what your budget is. The expenses associated with even a small wedding can become quite large if you don't set a budget for the wedding.
Understanding your finances will allow you to make smart financial choices as you plan your wedding. Your finances may also impact precisely how many people you want to invite to your wedding.
Find the Right Venue
When you look at venues, you need to consider how many people will be attending and find a venue where the number of people attending is in line with the venue's max capacity.
For example, a wedding with 50 people will be dwarfed in a venue made for 500 but would feel intimate and appropriate in a venue with a max capacity of 75 people. Often, smaller venues will also charge less, helping you to stick to your budget.
Add Bespoke Touches
With a smaller wedding, you have more opportunities to add personal touches to the wedding's feelings. Perhaps you can indulge in a nicer small designer wedding cake. Or maybe you can set up a photographer to take pictures of everyone. You can add little touches that would be overwhelming or expensive with a big wedding when you are throwing a smaller wedding.
Customize the Day
With a smaller wedding, you have a bigger ability to customize your day. It doesn't have to feel exactly like a traditional wedding. For example, you could forgo attendants at your wedding. You could have guests give personal readings. You could have a family-style dinner together.
You could bring in a custom chief for the wedding. You could do other activities together throughout the day. Don't feel like you have to fit the traditional day required for a wedding; customize the day.
With a small wedding, be consistent with your invite and which you don't on both sides. Set and stick to a budget. Rent a smaller venue, add bespoke touches, and customize the day so you get to build memories with those attending your wedding.