(Closed) Tell me about your small, simple wedding

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
7312 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We had a small wedding (32 people total, including us) and loved the way our day turned out. We had one-on-one conversations with everyone, really had time to socialize, and felt very comfortable throughout the day. Small weddings can be just as beautiful and lovely as big weddings. They are just on a more human scale. 🙂 I shared my teaser pics on the recaps board, if you want a peek into our day.

Our intimate, elegant, lovely affair… teaser pics

Post # 4
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We had a smaller wedding – about 55 people.  We kept to immediate family (no aunts and uncles even), grandparents, bridal party, and our closest, closest friends.  We planned a weekend event, rather than just one day, and becuase of that we had a lot of time with our guests.  We ended up finding a huge, vacation home in the mountains of Maine that was STUNNING.  There were 10 bedrooms, a game room, an indoor pool, multiple hot tubs, a movie theater room, and the dining room sat 70 people.  We had both an indoor and outdoor option (thank goodness, because we needed it).  We had an informal cookout on Friday, a rehearsal dinner on Saturday, and the wedding on Sunday.  It is true, on the day of the wedding I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with anyone.  The rest of the weekend, however, I did.  For that reason alone, I love what we did!  It wasn’t cheap and I probably spent what I would have spent on a pretty kick-butt wedding for 150 people but I went all out – hired a babysitter for the kids, transportation for everyone staying off site, lobster, filet mignon, top shelf wine and booze, etc.  I don’t regret any of that nor do I regret the small group.  Everyone had a blast and commented how fun and relaxed it was and how it didn’t “feel” like a small wedding.  The only thing I would do differently is I would have had more of the food catered because shopping and cooking for 55 people two days before the wedding was not a smart move.  I knew I would not be happy with an “average” wedding and while ours did have some of those components (first dance, parents dance and my father walking me down the aisle) we also broke tradition a bit and certainly did things a bit different.  The scenery and vacation feel truly did make it special, and the small group of people felt pampered.  It was just how I wanted it to be!

Post # 5
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Last Sunday was my small wedding, 50 people including us. It was perfect! Because of the smaller size we were able to do so much more. We upgraded our buffet to way more options, and everyone got their food quickly without having to stand in a huge line. Our open bar lasted all night and we didn’t even hit our max, we are getting a refund from our venue. We talked to every person at the wedding more than once. I was a little worried the dance floor would seem empty, but our DJ was amazing and everyone danced a lot. We only had 5 tables, so I didn’t have to split up anyone. All my friends got to sit together. Everyone told us how personal it felt and we have had nothing but compiments. I’ve been to large weddings and I knew it wasn’t what i wanted, and it worked out well because Darling Husband and I both have very small families. 

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