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Are you thinking of having a smaller wedding? but trying to weigh up whether to do it or not? Many couple choose to have a small wedding with many reason behind it, it could be that you have just fallen in love with a venue and they are limited on guests numbers which means you can only have a smaller affair or maybe it comes down to your budget and that something smaller is all your budget will allow. 

Couples who decide to get married abroad tend to normally have a smaller wedding then what they would have had back home, but destination weddings are becoming very popular and after all who wouldnt want to get married on a beach or in a lovely private villa in SUNNY SPAIN!

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Budget – When planning a wedding the budget is the first thing you need to set, weddings can cost a fortune and it is easy to think you have got everything on your list and then you forget something and then budget slowing increases. Some couples choose to have a small wedding because they have a smaller budget and there will be ample of choice when finding that perfect venue.

DIY wedding – When having a smaller wedding it does mean that you can get a bit more creative and do a lot of the planning and decorations yourself. This is a FAB way of getting as many people involved in your special day. It is always lovely to be able to do a DIY wedding, shopping for your decorations, then creating them exactly how you want them and seeing it all coming together on the day.

Offer better food and drinks – If you’re having a smaller guest list and your budget allows you, you can always then offer better quality food, this could be from just adding canapés as part of your welcome reception or having more expensive food for your sit-down meal. You could also add in a champagne reception, signature cocktails, gin bar and maybe an open bar giving your guests the opportunity to indulge. It is always nice to be able to have better quality food that your guests will be sure to enjoy if you can afford it.

More quality time with your guests – It can be hard on your wedding day to ensure that you have spoken to all your guests throughout the evening and this can mean that you spend most your wedding reception walking around, chatting to your guests briefly and then having to move onto your next guests and you and your partner may only cross paths throughout the evening. By having a smaller guest list it means that you can spend so much more quality time with them and enjoy their company.

Less stressful – Weddings are stressful we all know that! But if you can reduce your stress then take that opportunity, and by having a smaller wedding comes less stress and this can definitely take off some of the pressures of planning a wedding.

Adding little extras – Having a smaller wedding can mean that you can add some little extras to your wedding to make it exactly as you had dreamed of. There are many different little extras you can add to your day depending on what your budget allows you, you could add small favours for each guest that are more personal to them or add a box of dancing shoes (flip flops) so guests have no excuse not to dance the night away. If budget allows you could add a photo booth, this always goes down a treat at weddings. The little extras can make such a difference and will be sure to make it memorable.


Upsetting family members – It can be very hard to keep everyone happy when it comes to planning a wedding, I am sure that at some point in the planning process someone in the family will not be happy about something. When it comes to planning a small wedding it may cause a bit of upset amongst the family as you will not be able to invite everyone, your relative that you haven’t seen in 10 years, I’m sure will not be too disappointed that they haven’t been invited, so please don’t worry and remember it is your day.

Can be more stress – Above we have said that it can be less stressful having a small wedding…. Which is true but, there can be stress with having a smaller wedding too and this to due to you will probably have to do everything yourself! It does all depend on what venue you have chosen as some smaller venues still do have an events team on-hand to help but if they don’t, then yes it’s all down to you and your partner to ensure that everything is booked, paid and you have ticked off everything from your wedding list.

Might have regret of keeping it small – Your wedding day is supposed to be perfect, exactly as you had always dreamed of so make sure that if you’re having a small wedding you’re having it for the right reasons. Don’t have any regrets down the line that you wished you had gone with a larger wedding because not everyone to could make it or that you didn’t include things that you may have wanted too.

Less of a “party” feel – If you are looking for a party feel to your wedding then a smaller wedding may not fully achieve this, with few guests it can end up being a bit more relaxed, and not get that full party atmosphere you may want. People wait for those first few guests to make their way to the dance floor then everyone joins in, but if there is only a small number of guests people might not want to make that first move which could result to no-one hitting the dance floor. Of course, if you are looking for a low –key wedding then this is something you will not worry about, however, if you want to strut yourself on the dance floor then a smaller wedding may not be exactly what you’re looking for.


As you can see there are plenty of advantages and disadvantages for a smaller wedding and it just takes time weighing it all up and deciding on what style and atmosphere you require for your wedding day. But remember it is YOUR day and that you both agree with what you want for the wedding day, as that is what is important and remember to stick with your decisions.


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