While weddings are generally big events where all friends and relatives attend, small weddings are increasing in popularity, especially with the pandemic.
One of my friends was at a loss when her wedding date fell in the middle of last year, when just about everywhere was restricting large gatherings. She was left with only two choices to choose from: postpone her wedding indefinitely or have a small wedding of at most 6 guests.
She decided to go for the latter, and it turned out to be one of the most beautiful events I’ve ever attended. Here are some helpful ideas for planning a minimony wedding.
1. Be Strict with Your Guest List
This is probably the hardest part because you want all your loved ones to attend your big day.
But not everyone has to be there with you. Only invite the people you can’t imagine getting married without their presence. This means your best friend, parents, and siblings. You can find other ways to include your loved ones to celebrate your day later. Perhaps throw a huge party on your first anniversary!
2. Choose a Venue with a Limited Guest Capacity
Look for venues that only allow a small number of people. For starters, this is a great way to save money. Plus, it will help take the pressure off if you’re feeling guilty for not inviting everyone. You can simply let your loved ones know the venue couldn’t hold everyone and avoid grudges. A smaller venue also has a more intimate and romantic vibe.
3. Turn to Technology
You can also consider livestreaming your wedding so that all of your family and friends can witness the big moment. With the rise of the pandemic, even our non-techy aunties have learned to operate Zoom. If you’re not tech-savvy yourself, enlist the help of a friend. You can also hire a service to help you out, but that will push your budget up quite a bit.
4. Ensure You Have a Planner
If someone needs a drink refill and the caterer is nowhere to be seen at a small wedding, it will easily get noticed. Hire a reliable wedding planner to ensure everything is well set and the staff available at your wedding is experienced. The least you can have in a small wedding is a drama-free wedding video without stranded guests with empty wine glasses.
5. Set Your Own Rules
The best thing about having a small wedding is that you can ditch all the traditional rules. You can forego having bridesmaids or groomsmen, as well as flower girls and downsize your entire wedding party. Plus, with all the money you save, you can splurge on the things you really want, like a unique cake or a gorgeous bouquet. It’s your day; all that matters is that you and your partner are having fun.
6. Consider Privacy
One reason people have small weddings aside from the pandemic is to have their privacy. If you’re a very private person and don’t want to worry about strangers seeing your wedding photos on Instagram later, you can have a no-phone policy at your wedding.
Instead, either hire a dedicated photographer to handle all shots or give guests disposable cameras that you collect at the end of the reception. By doing so, you get to choose what parts of your wedding you want to show to the world, and the ones you want to keep private.
How to Plan a Small Wedding (Final Thoughts)
There are so many reasons why couples prefer small weddings to big weddings. Some love privacy, others want an intimate ceremony with their closest friends, and some are just trying to keep everyone safer during this crazy time. Whatever your reason is, I hope you got a tip or two on how to make your small wedding more colorful.
What are your thoughts about small weddings? Let us know in the comment section.