Small weddings require almost as much planning as larger ones. You may think that isn’t the case, because fewer people should mean less to do. However, since this is your wedding day, you are going to want to make sure you check off all the boxes, so nothing goes wrong. Thankfully, there are many tips and ideas that will get you headed in the right direction for your small wedding!
Since you now know that small weddings require just as much planning as larger weddings, you may be more than ready to hire a wedding planner. A wedding planner can make sure everything is done when it should be and that you aren’t missing out on all the special things that should be included in your wedding day. Plus, since wedding planners have done dozens of weddings, they may have a few ideas for your small wedding that you haven’t even considered!
If your guest list is super small, which it will be for a small wedding, you must have a way to alert everyone else that you have gotten married. The best way to do that, without hurting anyone’s feelings, is to send out wedding announcements after your big day. These announcements can include your favorite photo from your wedding day, as well as information about how you kept the festivities very small.
Even though you are having a small wedding, you still must book all your vendors well in advance. Most vendors can only do a certain number of weddings in one day and you don’t want to lose the perfect vendor simply because you didn’t act quickly enough.
Okay, so this probably should have been tip number one, since a wedding budget is super important. So many couples do not think a budget is necessary, because they are having a smaller wedding. However, it is still possible to overspend when you are planning a small wedding. Therefore, we recommend creating a budget and sticking to it.
When you plan a smaller wedding, you are not going to want to rent out a wedding venue that is huge. Therefore, you must take the time to find the proper wedding venue for your big day. It should be large enough to hold all your guests, as well as an area for dancing and the music. Renting a venue that is too small can be just as problematic as renting a space that is way too large.
Your guests will love that you have a sense of humor on your wedding day and it is so much easier when you are having a smaller wedding. Place pictures for place holders, add funny signs pointing to the restrooms or the bar, and even include tasteful yet hilarious décor. Basically, make it a wedding your guests will remember forever. Oh, and you will too!
Smaller weddings mean you can often create your own rules. Want your guests to play cornhole? Absolutely, it’s your day and your rules! Don’t want five bridesmaids and groomsmen? Not a problem, stick to one or none if you want! The beauty of smaller weddings is creating the traditions that matter the most to you.
Yes, you can hire a caterer for your small wedding, but you can also hire your favorite food truck for the day. This will allow you to have your favorite foods that you know you will love. After all, you know your favorite food truck isn’t going to overcook the chicken or fish like a caterer might. Oh, and when thinking of food trucks, don’t forget about ice cream trucks at the end. An easy dessert option that might be appreciated more than cake on those hot summer days.
Smaller weddings mean you will have the option to have more group photos of your big day. It can be difficult to get group photos when you have a large wedding, because of all the people in attendance. If you only have twenty or thirty guests, including the bridal party, it is much easier to get everyone into one group shot.
Fewer guests mean the option to go to a local restaurant or bar after your reception. You can even invite your guests over to your home to keep the celebrations going. This works best for wedding receptions that end earlier in the day, but if you and your guests are night owls, you can do it for late night weddings too!
One of the most important tips we can give you for a small wedding, other than creating a wedding budget, is to create a checklist. On this checklist, you should have everything you need to accomplish prior to your wedding day typed out. This way you can check things off as you complete them. This checklist can have everything from deciding who is in your wedding party and venue options to hiring a photographer and who is sitting where. Your checklist can never be too long, so simply write down everything you can think of for your small wedding. If you hire a wedding planner, they can help with this checklist and may even have one ready for you to use.
These are the eleven ideas and tips you must be aware of when you are planning a small wedding. Don’t skip over the planning part of your small wedding, because every wedding, big or small, is all about the details. Of course, there are many other tips and ideas out there for smaller weddings, so ask friends and family if they have any others you should keep in mind for your big day.