(Closed) Experiences with super small weddings?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

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Youngbee :  our wedding was even smaller. It was just the two of us, the officiant, the photographer and his assistant, and the maintenance guy (who was also a witness). We had a ceremony and the two of us went out to eat. We have no regrets!!! 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

following cuz this is what we want. Our parents & siblings +maybe our very best friends which is about 15 guests total if all who are invited can make it and even that sounds large to me so weʻll see! haha

Weʻre planning a single restaurant venue with a grassy waterfront ceremony followed by dinner inside.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I absolutely love the idea of a small wedding. We had 60 guests and that felt really big to me! I don’t regret it but If it hasn’t caused a lot of hurt feelings I think we might have done something with only 10 or so people.

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

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Youngbee :  I was the only non-related guest at my BFF’s wedding. It was her & her husband, each set of parents, one brother each, and my husband and I. Then there was an officiant for a quick 10 minute ceremony and a photographer for about an hour. So including the hired people and the people getting married- it was a dozen. 

She did a short-distance destination (a beach town far enough away we had to spend the night but everyone could drive there). Her dad hosted us at a nice restaurant the night before. After the morning ceremony my husband and I followed her and her groom around to take pictures around town. Then we met everyone at a beachside restaurant where the bride & groom paid for lunch. The father of the groom then invited us all to the last nice restaurant in town for dinner. It was a really delicious weekend and we got all our meals for free! 😀

I really loved it. I’ve known her family for over 20 years and his family were nice people. It was very intimate but felt casual. 

I will say- a lot of people were REALLY mad about her choice for such a small ceremony. One friend in particular- I think because she found out it wasn’t just family and I was going- got so mad she cut the bride out of her life after almost 20 years. So… you know… be sure it’s what you really want. 

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Bee Keeper

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Youngbee :  I haven’t been to one but someone at my work had like 15 people. They were able to have a super fancy dinner, drinks and talking to their guests. He said he wouldn’t change a thing. 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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Youngbee :  We’re inviting 26 people to our wedding, and it feels like the perfect size! xoxo

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Helper bee

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Youngbee :  MY wedding will be the first super small wedding that I will attend! I am of the same mindset as you, I never in my life have dreamed of or wanted a big, tradition wedding. Therefore, I am not having one! Our plan is to get married at the courthouse with only immediate family in attendance and then go on a honeymoon. We will also probably go out for a nice dinner afterwards as well. My fiancé actually wants to have a reception-like party to celebrate when we get back, but I don’t. This will be his second marriage. For his first he had a huge wedding with 300 guests, so as far as I’m concerned he has had his fill. I have no doubts in my mind that this is what I want and I am 100% sure that I will not regret my decision.

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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

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Youngbee :  

We did small and sophisticated–it was lovely!  We had about ten, which was perfect.  The wedding was in Palm Springs right on Palm Springs Drive, our venue was a mid century style hotel that had just undergone a refurbishing and looked beautiful.  I just love mid century architecture and so does Dh.

Our theme was Old Palm Springs, meaning glam and palm trees.  The in house coordinator was really helpful in getting everything set up for the ceremony.  The flowers were surprisingly affordable (mums are the secret ingredient).

The hotel had a nice restaurant, so we had dinner there–white glove service.  The food was incredible–everyone raved about it.  The service was impeccable.  Guests had their choice of wine or champagne or they could order from the hotel bar.  Pretty much everyone chose the champagne.

The restaraunt has curtain partitions that can be drawn from the incredibly high ceiling, I can’t even guess how high the ceilings are, but suffice it to say, it’s a two story building.  So the curtains are very dramatic.

One of my friends told me later that ours was the nicest wedding she had ever attended.  It was very low key, quiet and elegant–exactly what we wanted.  And we were kid free.

Right before the wedding, Dh got laid off and I lost my best contract which really threw a spanner in our spokes.  I am happy to report that our grand total for the wedding came out to just $2000.00 for a very nice affair.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

My husband and I never wanted a big wedding. We didn’t even want 50 people! At one point we thought we could keep it to 20-25 but our final number was 40 which was perfect imo! We were able to really splurge on an amazing dinner in a private room in a restaurant and got to spend quality time with everyone there. Also got a good hour of dancing in which was fun. Looking back on it, we are so happy we didn’t stick to the 20-25 people and happy we didn’t go above 40. 

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