(Closed) Really small intimate wedding ceremony-reception

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

No matter the size of the wedding you want everything to be perfect and attention to detail. We’re having 50 guests and I’m going crazy over all the details and DIY projects to personalize everything. We’ll still have a DJ and dance floor and all the details of a large wedding, just on a smaller scale. We found a great venue that caters to small and large weddings so we have a perfect sized reception room. I’m working on a lot of stuff to add the charming details I’m looking for. 

Post # 4
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I actually think it’s easier to get obsessed with the details of a small wedding, because so many of the large wedding issues don’t exist to distract you. But enjoy it, there’s nothing wrong with a little obsessing here and there. Hopefully you only do this once, so why not make it as nice as you can?

Post # 6
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Not weird at all. I got to obsess over the details precisely because we had a small wedding (35 invited). Since I had fewer of each thing to worry about, I was able to spend more time on each one. For example, I got to hand make 32 menu cards. If I had needed 100 menu cards, I would have needed to choose something more basic. But since I only needed to make 32, they could be more detailed and labor intensive. I loved our details.

Post # 7
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Our wedding was 25 people including us, but it was a Destination Wedding.  I totally wanted the small details to count too.  We had a disaster of a day that was caused by the venues and some guests.  I’m sure you will have a beautiful day.

Post # 9
2375 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m in a similar place, we’re having 64 people max, ourselves included. And yes, I have obsessed over every last detail because I’m able to.  I’ll be honest, I’m getting a little bit overwhelmed right now, but I’ve got time yet!

Post # 10
464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We’re having 35-40 people and honestly, I wouldn’t do too much differently than what I am planning, just scale it up.  We set the number because we both hate being the center of attention, but now I sometimes wish our friends could outnumber our families. Particularly as it seems like so much work and expense.

Post # 11
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We are having an intimate wedding of less than 30 people as well, and I am enjoying that I’m able to go a little overboard and think outside of the box in the way of what we are doing for our wedding, as well as be our untraditional selves. I’m so excited to be able to do (and afford!!!) all the things we couldn’t do had we gone for a normal large wedding.


For example, we are having a bon fire in the evening or our reception with a s’mores bar.  I feel like doing this with a lot more people would be a cluster f***. 

We are also able to host all of our guests’ meals from Friday night through Sunday morning, and have somewhat of a “wedding weekend.”  This means more details to coordinate, but it’s not so bad since it’s a small number of people to entertain.

In lieu of favors, I am writing each individual guest a personalized, short it-means-so-much-to-us-that-you-are-here-today note.  Could not do that with a hundred people.


Personalized details is what makes your wedding your wedding.  As long as you can handle it, GO NUTS!

Post # 12
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Lauraine:  our wedding is only going to have 10 people. because of this, EVERY detail has been looked at like a million times and we still have until October! I guess because its so small, we are going all in on every piece, from the highest end menu to the highest end resort, etc etc.. So we want everything to be perfect perfect perfect or else why spend all the money?!?! I totally agree with you! its driving me nuts and I know I need to chill because it will all be just fine – I just dont want any regrets or wish I had done something else instead of whatever we decide on – even from favors to dresses to gift bags!

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