Couples who have rearranged their original plans because of COVID can still make the day as special as they want. In fact, a smaller marriage is an opportunity to create a very intimate and personal experience. That’s true if you choose to have voluntary small weddings too. Let’s take a look at the next ideas for a small and intimate wedding.
Here are the tips on how How to Plan an Unforgettable intimate Wedding!
Plan Two Events: Small Event and Big Event
If an intimate ceremony is most important to you, create a separate, larger guest list for the reception—just inform your guests of the arrangements. If you want the whole event to be intimate, you might choose to have a large, casual reception a month or so after your wedding. Of course, this means paying for another event, but it can be fun to have a bigger crowd gathered in a more relaxed setting. And the best part is you won’t be expected to serve a six-course meal to all your guests at this kind of celebration.
Small, Intimate Wedding Ideas
So you’ve put together your small guest list. Now comes the fun part: adding in personal touches for an unforgettable, intimate wedding.
Personalize Your Wedding Stationery
Since you’re sending out 50 or fewer save-the-dates and invitations, use the opportunity to create an ultra-personalized stationery suite. Order custom engagement illustrations off Etsy for your save-the-dates that depict you and your partner, your wedding venue, or your home. For your invitations, choose colors, wording, and designs that feel authentic to you. (Psst: The Knot Invitations allows you to customize the text on your invites to make it sound as if you’re delivering it yourselves.)
Select a Meaningful Venue
With a limited guest list, your wedding venue options open up. Think outside of the box for your small wedding’s location. Book time at your go-to brewery or exchange vows inside a stunning greenhouse. Invite your guests to a hidden beach inlet, your favorite art gallery, or your childhood backyard. The options are endless, but one effective way to narrow the search is to think about your relationship. Consider the place you met, got engaged, said “I love you,” or dined at for those many date nights.
Get Your Guests Involved in the Event
Most weddings only involve a select few guests (such as the couple’s parents, siblings or closest friends). However, if you’re having a small wedding, you can involve more of your guests. Depending on the size of the event, you can have everyone read a line of a special reading at the ceremony, have them stand and encircle you as you exchange your vows, seat them at one big table at the wedding reception, or have everyone attend the rehearsal dinner.
Infuse Your Love Story Into the Wedding Menu
Fewer plates mean more food options, so craft a menu that’s tailored to your love story. Include food inspired by your go-to date night restaurant, special family recipes, or the location of your wedding. Or, simply create a menu full of your favorite foods. If you’re total foodies, book a few food trucks with different dishes for your guests to peruse. Or, if you love comfort food, serve your guests your favorite pasta or pizza dish. It’s another way to make your guests feel more connected to your love story.
Focus on the Small Details
Small touches like table place cards, thank you notes and favors can make a real difference in the guest experience. Johnson recommends thinking about ways to incorporate small, personal touches into your wedding. For example, she says you can use your family’s heirloom china or silver for the table setting or distribute hand-written notes to all of your guests. “Place them at each table setting letting guests know why you’re glad they’re here and thank them for coming,” she advises.
Your options for wedding favors open up with a smaller guest list too. Instead of looking for wedding favors under $1, you can splurge on something more personal. Consider items like Himalayan pink salt shot glasses or a bag of your family’s special chocolate chip cookies.
Plan an Entire Wedding Weekend for Your Guests
Hosting an intimate wedding with a handful of guests means you may actually have time—and additional funds—to spend on other activities or events throughout the weekend. Host a welcome get together at your favorite local brewery, invite everyone for a picnic at a nearby park the morning after your celebration, or plan a group activity, such as a hike or bike ride. Take advantage of this time to thank every one of your guests for coming. If you’re hosting a wedding during the coronavirus pandemic, we recommend scouting outdoor activities your guests can enjoy or offer them local suggestions they can enjoy on their own.
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