There’s a lot to be said for having a ‘quiet’ wedding and keeping numbers down.
It’s really a wedding that has under 30 guests, and probably less.
Sometimes guests can suffer from ‘wedding fatigue’. Particularly if you’re at the time in your life when you seem to be going to weddings every summer Saturday.
This is when a small wedding really comes into its own. Because you’re only inviting people that you really, really want to be there.
Your guests know that they’re likely to be on a table with people they already know, rather than having to mingle with strangers that they might struggle to find common ground with.
As we said, a small wedding is all about intimacy. So how can you choose a venue that reflects this?
Well, first off let’s look at different styles of room. A small wedding actually opens up your options. You can opt for a private room in a hotel kept aside just for you and your guests. Or maybe an art gallery, a barn or a restaurant?
You don’t have to have row by row seating at a small wedding, you could have a circular table.
In fact, you probably don’t need to have seating at all. You could just have guests gather round you as you say your vows.
At the actual marriage ceremony, you could give guests named seating, if you want people to sit in a particular place.
You could put envelopes of confetti (or rose petals) at each place for guests to throw at the happy couple when they are walking out as newly weds.
At the reception, don’t have multiple tables. You could just have one long family table, so you can sit with your guests.
We love the idea of having a cocktail bar. You can have a cocktail making expert to make up cocktails from a list – and because numbers are small there’s not going to be much of a queue, ever. (Although if there is a little wait, that’s a great place for people to be able to catch up with one another.)
We also like the idea of serving mini bottles of champagne or prosecco to guests. Because you’re having small numbers, this is also an affordable and fun way of offering drinks.
If your heart (and budget) are set on a small wedding, here’s what you have to do