If Covid has had an effect on your wedding plans or you simply prefer an intimate setting, intimate weddings may be ideal!
At a large wedding, you might spend much of the evening going from table to table greeting guests that don’t hold any particular significance for you.
With more guests comes greater difficulty accommodating them – this includes seating plans and providing food options. When hosting a smaller wedding, however, these issues become far less of a headache.
With fewer guests to accommodate, the table layout can become more individualized and personal. Playing around with table configurations and trying different arrangements, makes your wedding event truly stand out.
Likewise, having fewer guests can help your budget stretch further, giving you access to better caterers, flowers, and photographers without breaking your budget. This way, your special event won’t have any of its special elements compromised – something particularly useful if opting out of traditional elements such as bouquet toss or being walked down the aisle.
2. Less Preparation
Couples today are opting for intimate weddings over traditional ones with big productions as more couples opt for an elopement or courthouse ceremony.
Small intimate weddings tend to be less costly than larger events, providing couples with money they can put towards other aspects of planning their event. Furthermore, smaller ceremonies usually require less planning time and preparation – helping reduce stress during this often overwhelming process.
Your guest list allows for greater creativity with regard to décor and food options, allowing you to be more imaginative with seating arrangements during ceremonies and reception tables. Incorporate lounge areas, artfully-designed cakes, or fine art stationery designs into your budget for maximum effect!
3. More Time With Your Guests
An intimate wedding allows couples to connect with those most important in their lives, creating lasting bonds between those they truly know and can depend on for unwavering support in any circumstance.
At larger weddings, it may be difficult for brides and grooms to spend quality time with each of their guests because there’s simply not enough time available. There may even be instances of people feeling left out or offended due to not enough attention being paid directly.
An intimate wedding eliminates this concern. With limited guest lists, it allows you to spend more time getting to know each person who attends and making the day much more special for all involved. Plus, this provides an opportunity to include guests in ways not otherwise possible!
4. A More Personal Experience
An intimate wedding offers your loved ones a special and unforgettable experience. It gives them the chance to witness one of your biggest steps towards marriage and celebrate together with you.
Smaller guest lists allow you to incorporate more intimate elements, like family-style dinners, custom cocktail menus or table décor that tells your story. They also free up room in your budget for additional high-impact elements that wouldn’t otherwise be possible with larger guest counts.
Small weddings allow couples to involve their guests more fully in the ceremony by inviting them to read verses from Scripture or take part in the procession, creating a memorable day that everyone will treasure forever.
5. A More Meaningful Ceremony
Have you been to multiple weddings, and noticed how ceremonies tend to be short and sweet? While this can be great for many couples, sometimes there can be something missing that leaves us wanting more.
Small intimate weddings provide you with the chance to add additional meaning and depth to your ceremony, whether through including guests in the proceedings themselves or adding personal touches that represent you and your relationship.
With a smaller guest list, there are more possibilities for seating arrangements at your reception. This can help guests mingle and get to know one another better! Alternatively, family-style dinners or long reception tables may provide more intimate dining experiences.