Intimate weddings are some of our absolute favourites and here, Wedding Planner Hayley from Hayley Jayne Weddings & Events, shares some of the benefits of planning a smaller celebration…
“Before you can begin allocating your budget, searching for the perfect venue and choosing your dream dress you will need to decide on one huge factor – the type of wedding you will be planning.
Many couples are still choosing to follow the traditional route of hiring an extensive venue, calling upon the duties of an extended bridal party and inviting what can seem like an endless list of guests to celebrate with them. However, there is also an increasing number of couples preferring to turn their back on this typical style of wedding, and instead choosing to keep things low key, planning significantly smaller, more intimate weddings.
I for one adore this trend and love nothing more than planning a wedding for couples that have chosen to keep romance at the very heart of their wedding day, and whilst this comes with the obvious benefit of saving money, there are actually a number of additional advantages that couples may not have considered.
Less planning, less stress
Whilst some may relish a brand new venture to project manage, others will wince at the very thought of trailing through endless social media posts gathering inspiration, creating spread sheets about spread sheets, and researching a never-ending list of suppliers to make sure their guests are fully entertained from start to finish. It therefore goes without saying, fewer guests equate to less planning, and less planning will ultimately lead to less stress.
Inviting fewer guests also allows you to include personal touches without experiencing the dreaded overwhelm. Thoughtful ideas such as individual favours for each of your guests, arranging a quirky mode of transport to take your guests from the church to your reception location, creating personalised gift bags for each of your guests to enjoy or repurposing your floral centrepieces and handing them to your guests at the end of the night. All of which will allow you to show your guests how happy you were to have celebrated your special day with them.
Of course, there is also the added bonus of being able to plan an intimate wedding in a relatively short timescale, ideal for couples that are not looking for an extended engagement.
More time to spend with your guests and each other
How many times have you heard a bride recall that her wedding day passed her by in a flash? With a large wedding a couple will have an endless list of considerations and timings to follow. From bridal/groom preparations, the never ending list of photos to capture, right though to greeting each of their guests. It can therefore be hard for the newly weds to take a step back and enjoy every last second of their wedding day, (that has probably taken the best part of 2 years to plan).
With a smaller wedding you will have the opportunity to spend time with each of your guests, taking time to chat and create special memories with your nearest and dearest.
As well as spending time with each of your guests, an intimate wedding will also allow you to spend time with each other, instead of snatching a few stolen moments throughout your couple shots.
Greater flexibility to choose a unique venue
With fewer guests to accommodate you can think outside the box and consider a less conventional venue for your wedding day. Unique spaces such as vineyards, art galleries or your local restaurant are all perfect settings to host an intimate wedding.
Some couples are choosing to extend their wedding day to a wedding weekend, and exclusively hiring a country house, boutique hotel or an entire farm with glamping facilities, to allow their guests to truly unwind and celebrate their nuptials in style.
Now that is something that would not be possible with a traditional sized guest list.”
Our thanks to Hayley for these wonderful tips. Find out more at hayleyjayneweddingsandevents.co.uk.
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