Small Wedding Ideas
For An Intimate Affair
For a more intimate event, consider small wedding ideas. While
the trend for weddings is bigger is better, there are still some great
reasons for a small wedding.
Perhaps you have already had the big 250 person wedding the first time
around. Or, maybe you don't have the budget or don't like the idea of a
huge wedding event.
Keep in mind that not everyone likes the idea of a small wedding.
Sometimes parents and loved ones imagine your big day to be exactly
that - a huge event with all the glitz, glamour and relatives you have
never heard of. Try not to let this change your thinking.
4 Reasons To Have A Small Wedding
- Small wedding ideas require less planning which hopefully means
- They let you spend more time with your guests. Many times
at large wedding receptions couples spend the entire time trying to
talk to all of their guests, or they end up feeling bad that they
didn't talk to some of the guests at all.
- Having a small wedding can definitely cost less than a
larger wedding event.
- You just don't want to have a large wedding.
- They allow you to spend a little more money on the
important things like food, gifts and your honeymoon.
Whatever the reason, small wedding ideas allow flexibility and
uniqueness that isn't possible with a larger wedding. That means you
have some unique wedding planning options.
- A Bed and Breakfast or Inn is the perfect small
wedding idea for a location. Options for the ceremony and reception include inside rooms or
dining halls, small tents on the grounds and gardens on the property.
- Historic locations like museums, old mills and castles
offer the perfect backdrop for a small wedding.
- Your house or the house of a friend can work. Just make
sure that you have the proper space and facilities available.
- Public parks and gardens in the spring, summer or fall
offer beautiful surroundings for a wedding.
- Many restaurants can accommodate small wedding parties, so
see if your favorite dining establishment offers wedding packages
- Spend a weekend away with a destination wedding. Options
include island resorts, lake or river houses, beach houses, Las Vegas
and any other location where guests can stay for a few days.
- Head to Las Vegas and get married with Elvis or at a drive
through wedding chapel.
- A wedding cruise on a small yacht or boat with a few guests
can be elegant and charming.
- Many vineyards and wineries offer their wine cellars for
- Very unique small wedding locations include a bridal cave,
haunted houses, old prisons and train stations.
Making Your Small Wedding Unique
- For entertainment consider a small trio, quartet or other
entertainer that fits your wedding theme like bagpipes or harps.
- Consider buying favors that are a little more meaningful
since your guests will be close family and friends.
- Wedding themes fit in nicely with small wedding ideas, and they
are easier to put together than larger weddings.
- Instead of a large wedding cake, get creative with your
dessert. Go with a small
wedding cake instead.
An additional idea is to offer small, retro novelty desserts like key
mini lime pie, pecan pie and strawberry hortcake.
- For the ceremony allow more than one or two of your guests
to read a passage or other reading. This is a great way to get more
people involved in your small wedding.
- Think of something unique for your ceremony like a
butterfly release. Hand out a butterfly to each guest, and when you are
ready have everyone release them at the same time.
- At the reception have board games and other fun activities
for your guests to enjoy at the tables.
Small weddings can be a lot of fun and a lot less stress than larger
weddings. If this sounds good to you, maybe you should consider having
a small wedding.