ADVANTAGES OF A small, intimate
doesnt have to be a mammoth tag. Many couples choose to walk down the
aisle and then celebrate on a small scale with much success.
One of the more obvious advantages to
a small wedding is the cost. Large weddings cost between $20,000 there are fewer
people to feed. Catering costs account for a large chunk of wedding budgets.
A reception with only 50 to 60 people may run $1,000 or less.
Another benefit to a small wedding is
a couple may be able to afford a higher-priced venue. Maybe theres a historic
castle or high-priced mansion that would be over budget if 200 guests were coming.
With a shorter guest list, the venue might now be affordable. Or, couples can
look outside of wedding halls to restaurants for a nice dinner.
Small weddings tend to be more intimate.
Couples can spend more individual time with guests instead of having to spread
their time thinly around a large reception hall. Special moments, such as speeches
or words of wisdom, may bear more significance when the group is intimate.
Destination weddings have become quite
popular and are most successful with a small group. Keeping a large guest list
in order can prove challenging when traveling, which makes destination weddings
ideal for small guest lists.
Its important for couples to keep
in mind that a small wedding is not without certain challenges. Family members
and friends may have their own perceptions of what a wedding should be. Once
the idea of a small wedding is mentioned, it may be met with some opposition,
particularly from parents who want to invite an extended list of friends and
distant family members.
But ultimately, the decision to have
a small-, medium- or large-size wedding is entirely up to the couple or the
person who will be financing the event. Wedding planning is largely the personal
choice of the couple who will be saying their I dos.
Courtesy of Metro Creative Connection