(Closed) Small weddings: What did you do?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
9483 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@SouthernGirl:  We’re not married yet, but our wedding is in 6 months.  EEK!  Anyways, we’re planning to have both the ceremony and recepton at the house.  We will be getting a tent for people to sit under.  Our food will be catered by an Italian restaurant.  Not sure how many options will have yet, but I’m sure at least three-four entrees.  I think I may get a cake from a grocery store, but not certain yet.  I’ll have to do some pricing soon.  I am planning on wearing a wedding dress to fit our romantic/intimate theme.  =)  We’ll be having the iPod in control of the music as well.

You can do it however you like or want.  I’m sure it wouldn’t look overdone.  I’m excited.  I’ll post pictures or keep you updated as I go along.  PM me with any questions!

Post # 4
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

My wedding is still in the distant future, but I plan a restaurant setting where my ceremony will take place with around 30 guests and it will be a sit down lunch afterwards. No reception.

Post # 5
1833 posts
Buzzing bee

We haven’t hard our small wedding yet, but it is going to be in August and it keeps getting bigger (guest list wise) I have drawn a lot of inspiration from this blog: http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/category/real-weddings/

There are a bunch of intimate weddings and elopments to see and you can read peoples stories. 

Post # 6
2894 posts
Sugar bee

We’ll have 45 ppl (if we’re lucky). Restaurant wedding. Open bar, cocktail hour, dinner, and short balcony ceremony all in the same room. We’re still deciding between a 4 course or sacrificing a course for an open bar and cocktail hour. Leaning towards the open bar. πŸ˜‰

Hasn’t happened yet – obviously. But it’s gonna be awesome. Super intimate, black-tie casual, as in just a few friends dressing up and eating good food. 

Our first ceremony this last February was even smaller – courthouse wedding with 2 friends then up to Philly for a celebratory dinner, just the 2 of us. Good luck with planning!!! πŸ™‚

Post # 8
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

OK someone already posted the link I was going to!

Actually 30 guests would be about perfect for me.  You could even get a private room at a fancy restaurant and not book the whole venue type thing, unless they offer a smaller room for you at a venue.

Post # 10
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

With a small guest list, the possibilities are endless! You can have your wedding at a bed and breakfast or do a Destination Wedding (as long as your 30 guests are on board with this!) or also a wedding cruise (go to http://www.electracruises.com/weddings.asp ) I am having 50-60 guests and my wedding is almost 2 hrs away from my hometown. I found an all inclusive venue with a gazebo garden setting for the ceremony and an inside reception custom designed by the venue for us!!! They even include a DJ!!! I can’t wait! The food is also provided by them buffet style, I just have to choose the menu. Maybe you can search all inclusive venues near you. Also you dont have to stop there! I’ve seen unusual but very beautiful venues like theatres or museums used for weddings! 

Post # 11
7312 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We had a full wedding with 32 people, including us. We invited all guests to spend the wedding weekend with us. On the day of the wedding Mr. LK hosted a sporting clays tournament for 12 guests and I had another 8 guests hanging in the bridal suite with me. We did a small bridal party, first look, all photos before the ceremony, a 30 minute ceremony that I wrote, cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres, a 4 course plated meal with wine and beer pairings, and cigars and scotch to wind down the evening. It was the best dinner party I’ve ever thrown! Here are my teaser photos: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/our-intimate-elegant-lovely-affair-teaser-pics and some guest photos:




Post # 12
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We wanted a small, intimate wedding and that’s what we got (40 people). 

While it is a small wedding, it’s not any less fancy- maybe more fancy as we only have 40 guests. We’re having a 4-course meal at a gorgeous location, open bar, a band, some flowers etc. We did consider having a less formal one but my Fiance fell in love with our venue and the less formal one might be harder work logistically (and we don’t live in that country/island).

The ceremony will also have 40 people and as I said, because it’s only 40 people, you can spring for chair covers, chair decor and all that stuff (which normally at about $10 per chair would be $2000 for 200 people 0_0).

Just do what you like, it’s your wedding:)

Post # 13
45 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are having 25-30 people total at our wedding and I’m so excited.  At first it was really hard to find a venue since most places have a food and beverage miminum that is not realistic with that many guests (most hotels).  I chose to go with an upscale restaurant that has a private dining hall that was perfect for our setting.  The ceremony will be held at White Point Gardens in Charleston, SC.  The best part about having such a small wedding is you can go bigger on other aspects of the wedding πŸ™‚ I can focus more on details like another bee said chairs, dress, flowers and food since I don’t have to worry about feeding 70 other people πŸ™‚

Post # 14
2320 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We had 21 people at our wedding, and it was amazing. We had it at a restaurant (inside a hotel). I agree with what @Tiffanyrami:  said in that it’s hard to meet minimums with a small wedding but we decided to cut down the guest list so that we could spend more money per head, we wanted to pamper our guests and give them a fabulous time.

We were able to spend more money on the details, for instance I never would have been able to do chivari chairs for 60-70 people, but with 21 it worked into the budget and it was great. 

Small recap here

Post # 15
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Not married yet but…


Food Inspiration:

and Venue (Small 4 Bedroom B&B):

Our ceremony starts at 7:30 πŸ™‚

Post # 16
79 posts
Worker bee

Not married yet, but we are going to have about 60 people max (that’s how many we’re inviting, might even be less at the wedding).  

Although intimate, it is still going to be formal.  I’m having in at a nice resort where they can accomodate weddings for 20-400 people.  It’s about 2 hours away in a gorgeous location.  I’m having the whole package, DJ, dance floor, hors d’eouvres, cocktails, and buffet dinner.  It’s going to be a party and I cannot wait πŸ™‚

I don’t think it really matters how small your wedding is, you can be as fancy or simple as you want.  I’ve been to a wedding probably about 40 people total, and they had everything in their wedding.  It was really nice.

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