Post # 1
My fiance and I both agreed we want a very small wedding, I mean 10-15 people small. Despite the small wedding we plan on having we still want a very nice ceremony/reception. Many people have already pushed their opinons on me about it, but I honestly just think it is a waste of money to pay for people you barely talk to to come and eat food you paid for and pretend like they want to be there. I still want the beautiful dress (I am purchasing the allure mermaid gown pictured in my gallery), I still want the beautiful flowers, I still want a legitimate photographer, and a lovely dinner afterwards. I just want all of that with my 10-15 closest family members. Any ladies have similar plans? Or have already had their small but nice wedding?
Post # 3
I am planning something very similar! not yet engaged, but that is what SO and I discussed. I still want a very nice and memorable occasion, but with a much smaller group. We have small families anyhow. There won’t be any DJ or dancing because that’s just not our thing. A beautiful reception and a delicious dinner is how I imagine it.
Good for you for realizing what is important to you in your wedding!
Post # 4
Several of my friends and a few members of my family have had very small weddings, either the size that you mentioned or even smaller. I think the idea of a small and intimate wedding is great! You will actually be able to spend time with your guests!
Post # 5
@Merinda1994: Check out intimateweddings.com
It has lots of weddings you can look at for ideas and to see what other people have done 🙂
Post # 6
We’re doing this, we’ve invited around 35 but are expecting about 25-30 guests. While it’s a pretty small affair I’m still doing a lot of the big things – the gown, the professional photographer, amazing venue, three course sit down meal etc.
We’re skipping a lot of those things that just aren’t us – dancing, DJ, vintage cars. And because we’re keeping things small I think we’ve been able to splurge a little on the important things.
Post # 7
That’s what I’m doing! We’re getting married in Paris (which automatically cut the list done on it’s own fortunately), I got an amazing photographer (she’s pretty much my entire budget since she was ranked top ten in the world in 2013, but that’s the most important part to me), my dress and all that fun stuff, but for the reception we’re doing an intimate catered dinner (probably 12-15 people) on the terrace at the apartment we’re renting.
I agree with mogs. I’m only spending money on the things that matter to us.
Another friend of mine is getting married, and having a wedding of 30 and she had a really difficult time finding venues that would cater for small numbers since there seemed to be a minimum. So hopefully you can easily find somewhere that will.
Post # 8
@Merinda1994: Good plan! I was very happy to have similar with 25 people, I just struggled to find a suitable small venue that still offered all the other parts like a dancefloor etc.
Post # 9
@Merinda1994: We are having a courthouse wedding and then going out to dinner with the few people who will be at the courthouse with us. We’ll have a regular party with liquor, beer and snacks with 10-15 friends at our house later the same day.
Post # 10
@jadlnc: We’re also doing courthouse style! With larger reception later on. Wish there were more of us on this site to compare notes with 😀
Post # 11
@laurabora: I can tell you one thing, I have absolutely NO good ideas. lol. It’s harder than it seems to make a small wedding still feel like a wedding.
Post # 12
Ha, true! We’re pretty much trying to avoid the stiff and impersonal wedding feel that we get at most weddings,so works for us. We are hiring a friend/photographer to take some stylish photos though. Just make it your own I guess!
Post # 13
We had a destination wedding with 10 guests. It was perfect. I still had a nice dress, a nice venue, pretty flowers, good food, and a great photographer, but I didn’t feel stressed by being on display for a ton of people.
Post # 14
There was exactly 15 people at my wedding. We had the cremony at Chelsea Old Town Hall, the hired a minibus to drive us to several nearby London landmarks for pictures (Hyde Park, Marble Arch, Royal Albert Hall) then it took us al back to Chelsea for a three course dinner reception at The Hollywood Arms where we hired out the upstairs with its own bar etc. We had a first dance after the food and cake cutting then people mingled and drank before going home. It was perfect and exactly what I wanted. We also had a profesional photographer as pictures were the most important thing to me. Wouldn’t change a thing!
Post # 15
Whatever you do, do NOT let other people influence your decision. If this is what you two want, do it. People will kick up a fuss about anything. It’s your day, do it however you wish.
Post # 16
Small wedding for me and FI too! We’re having about 20 people, having the photographer, flowers, caterer, pretty dress, etc., still. Using our siblings as our bridal/groom parties. Our wedding will technically be at a campground (where we met) but I still want it to be “nice”. Just picking and choosing which wedding elements suit us.