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Intimate weddings can be very charming because you can choose a nice location, use your imagination to decorate the space and make gorgeous personalised guest favours. While big weddings don’t allow you to spend a lot of time with your guests individually, small ones are ideal for socialising. Organising a small reception is a great idea! Intimate weddings can be even more glamorous and decadent.
Limit Your Guest List
Making a guest list for small weddings can be a difficult task because you will have to significantly limit the number of people you invite. The first thing you need to do is figure out how small the event will be and how many guests you want to attend. You can then establish the criteria for choosing who to invite. Regardless of whether you decide to make a reception for 10, 20 or 50 people, the atmosphere will be much more relaxed and you will be able to enjoy your own party.
Another way to limit the number of guests is to opt for a destination wedding. You can invite only your closest family and friends so that nobody will feel left out. You can also organise an elopement, in which case all you need to do it take a nice photo of yourselves and send it out to your friends and family.
Choose a Nice Venue
Finding a nice location is much easier if you are planning a small wedding. From an intimate dinner in a cosy restaurant to a romantic picnic in the countryside, you can choose virtually any place you like. You can even organise a decadent dinner party in the comfort of your own home or in a rented house. If you prefer an outdoor venue, you can pick a nice vineyard or have your ceremony on the beach.
Whichever location you choose, it will be easier to arrange tables, chairs and decorations for a small number of people than for hundreds of guests. However, you need to take care of every detail because even the smallest mistake will get noticed. You will probably find it hard to do it all by yourself, so consider hiring someone to help you with the organisation.
Go for a Unique Design
Decorating a huge wedding venue is a daunting task while dealing with a small one can be a lot of fun. It is very easy to make it personal by creating your own flower arrangements, centrepieces and buntings. If you want to make it unique and memorable, find a way to make every single detail interesting. Invade the space with colours, create a romantic atmosphere with candles, use interesting sofas instead of chairs and make everything beautiful with gorgeous DIY décor.
Delight Your Guests
Since you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a huge wedding venue, tons of food and drinks and unique flora arrangements, you will be able to afford some luxury for your guests. It would be a nice gesture to arrange some sort of transport and take your guests to a really nice place. You can even book into a luxurious hotel or resort and treat them with an exciting weekend out of town where they can enjoy various activities such as golf and spa treatments.
Treat your guests with a delicious five course meal and scrumptious desserts! If you can’t afford quantity, you can offer them quality. Think of an original menu with food made from fresh ingredients and a delicious wedding cake alternative instead of a plain fruitcake plastered with glamorous icing.
It would be nice to make an effort and create personalised wedding favours for your guests. Pick a different present for each of them to show how much you appreciate their company. Alternatively, make fabulous goody bags stuffed with tasty edible favours or stylish stationery products and keepsakes.