Post # 1
Hey ladies. So my FI and I are kind of discussing what kind of wedding we want. We both know we want it to be very small and something that we can pay for out of pocket. The problem is that whenever I talk about finding a spot in the mountains to have the ceremony he just says “why are you trying to make it a big thing?” Which I am not, I just want a very small actual ceremony. I dont think he wants a courthouse wedding as I know he wants something special. So I would like to plan a few things out, general ideas of what I envision so he can see what I think would be perfect. Something super small, in the mountains (not at a specific venue, like backwoods kind of wedding) with just immediate family (20 people is my list).
If any of you have had super small weddings and have pictures can you share them? I’m trying to get some ideas together 🙂
Post # 2
It doesn’t get much smaller than just us!
We decided to elop to Jamaica, and while we had it just us, others at this location have had larger groups up to about 30 or so – Couples Swept Away is the all-inclusive that handled our planning, wedding, and where we were for our honeymoon.
Here are our photos 🙂
Post # 3
We had about 50 guests in a beautiful place with a super simple ceremony followed by dinner at our favorite restaurant… it was so chill and fun and perfect for us!
Here is a thread with about a million photos if you want to check it out…
not sure why that link is loading weird…sorry.
Post # 4
I haven’t had my wedding yet, but we’re planning a ceremony in our favorite garden (it’s also a greenhouse so yay, it’s indoors! Followed by dinner at a fantastic restaurant.
This is what I’m hoping for: http://www.affordableidos.com/wp-content/uploads/SunkenGarden-Wedding-Party-positions-1024×683.jpg
Post # 5
desertgypsy : Your photos are amazing and everyone can see how happy you and your guests all are! The red just pops! It’s so stunning!
Also, I can’t believe I saw you once refer to yourself as an overweight middle aged lady in a previous thread (about hating wedding photos) – you are absolutely gorgeous and your wedding was gorgeous 😀
Post # 6
desertgypsy : your wedding was BEAUTIFUL!! Question….it looks like you just picked a spot and had a wedding ceremony there. Was it an actual venue that you had to pay for? OR if it wasnt, how did you keep people out of that area for the ceremony?
Post # 7
kendralynn86 : It was a piece of private property surrounded by the National Park. It has remained private because it was homestead land. We knew we wanted that to be our location from before we got engaged. We asked the landowner, he said as long as we cleaned up after ourselves we could use it. So it was free, we just made sure we had it back to the way it was before we got there. We brought in chairs, tables, a porta-potty, and fire pits. Then went back up the next day and loaded everything back up and made sure there wasn’t any trash or anything.
theotherbride : I see all the beauty and I’m like and then I see my chin and I’m like
Post # 8
kendralynn86 : Not sure where you’re located, but this could give you a bit of inspiration. It’s a real wedding, in a rent for a day or more cabin in a state park – super cheap and chill.
She’s totally open to answering questions and there’s plenty of pics to pull ideas from.
Post # 9
desertgypsy : Oh stahhhp! Your photo is jaw dropping! And you look so gorgeous! I guarantee you not a single one of us even noticed anything amiss about your chin in that photo. Mostly because you’re obviously imagining it but also because we’re too busy focusing on the evident joy and beauty of everything about your day.
Post # 10
We’re not married yet but this is our venue and we’re having 22-30 people
Post # 11
We had 30 guests a the Catalina Island Country Club. There was a small private courtyard perfect for our group.
Post # 12
kendralynn86 : Small wedding in the mountains? I’ve got you covered! We invited 68 people, got 34 due to the distance. We got married in Moab with our ceremony in the desert (state land, free) and our reception(s) in the mountains 10 miles away at a ‘ranch’ that was very easily rented – the lodge used to be a small restaurant for guests, so we had a great fridge, kitchen and grill. The venue cost 10 bucks a head, we used terrible tables that were already present and covered them with tablecloths from Dollar General. We did rent chairs but they sent us the wrong ones, so since they all looked crappy we stuck with the ones that were already present at the lodge. My sister wrapped Christmas lights on the porch beams, the moms and I decorated with flowers from the grocery store and around the lodge. Our dog tagged along for the reception but not the ceremony (totally didn’t trust him not to roll in something dead and jump on us). My husband grilled the wedding meal (tri-tip) and I cooked up the rehearsal dinner (taco salad bar) to which all guests were invited.
To make it more special, my FIL ‘officiated’ our ceremony (we did the legal deal a couple of days sooner but it was so special to have him really marry us). I never did do a recap thread, so here’s a series of pics.
Groom (#4) and his brothers, who don’t like being online – 2 were in the official wedding party, 1 walked my mom down the aisle (husband walked his), the other 2 drove guests in the ATVs so ushers, I guess? As you can see, we got super fancy.
Me with the bridesmaid/MOH – my best friend of 26 years or so and my sister
The venue… damn those chairs. And damn the rain for making us all look a bit junky, though we went on a gorgeous day for our anniversary and it was hot and full of biting insects so I guess we were better off.
view at the ranch
cooking up dinner
reception venue pre-rain and pre-eating
We launched a rocket the next day – I think it’s going to be a new family tradition for the in-laws. My husband was the first of them to marry.
Oh yeah, then there’s us
Post # 13
- Wedding: A restaurant on the beach
Our wedding will be at a beach-side restaurant with 50-60 guests in exactly 2 months!
Post # 14
Our wedding was a little larger (60) but it was smallest wedding in our circle. And we had it in the mountain in Colorado. We did choose an actual venue because I felt like it made logistics easier and planning a lot less stressful.