Small wedding ideas

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
45659 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

ms_fifi:  You could set up the tables in  a T formation. Everyone is then relatively cose to everyone else.



Post # 3
4784 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

ms_fifi:   Would it be possible to arrange the tables in the shape of XOX  – one round table and two x shaped tables?  

As far as music I think background music might be good – sets a mood but does not require dancing.

Post # 4
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Villa Celeste

I am also having a small wedding with only 30 people. The FI and I decided on doing two tables of 15. Because it’s so small, and you will be interacting with everyone, I don’t think it’s imperative to do one huge table. However if that’s your forte then by all means.

For decorations, we are having our reception outdoors so we will be utilizing a lot of candles. In a sort of off white color. Our tables and chairs are brown so we have light brown table runners. On top of the tables we are having flowers, red and yellow, in light green vases (one of the vases is transparent, the other solid) going down the entirety of the table. And that’s all we’re doing, very simple yet romantic. Oh and we are stringing white papel picado above. 

In terms of entertainment, we are buying a nice speaker and making a wedding playlist. We are forgoing all the traditions and just want our guests to drink and dance. It all comes down to what you’re trying to execute at the party.

Post # 5
7312 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We had one long table to seat 32, decorated with white flowers, candles, and mirrors in a runner that stretched the entire length. “Entertainment” was good conversation, an amazing 4 course meal with white glove service, and the diner’s selection of a wine or beer pairing with each course. Each place setting had a menu to describe the pairing selected by the guest, complete with tasting notes. The crucial part of the set-up was the seating plan to assure a good flow of conversation around the table. It was the single biggest PITA of the entire wedding planning experience, and was absolutely worth the hours of frustration. Photos here


Post # 6
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

What about a mariachi, or a harpist?

Post # 7
715 posts
Busy bee

ms_fifi:  have you chosen your venue yet? We’re having 30 ppl including kids but we picked a venue wit max 40 capacity so first all it didn’t feel empty. We’re having a banquet style table to seat everyone like a big family day dinner! After dinner we’re moving to a lounge bar area and having a one man band that plays requests and let’s ppl get up to sing songs also there’s no dance floor in this area

Post # 8
715 posts
Busy bee

ms_fifi:  and just to add we’re doing lavish too we have the use of 4 separate rooms in the venue to givepew of a flow to the day. We’re having sparkling wine and canapés after the reception a really gourmet meal and free bar! I’ll echo my above point though get the venue right and everything will fall into place. The venue I picked does small weddings regularly so was able to advise me of how to set it up ! Good luck!

Post # 9
692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

We are planning a small wedding as well. We have invited 50 people, I expect about 30-35 guests. We want our wedding to feel like an intimate, elegant dinner party. The biggest thing for us was finding a venue that is suited for a smaller group. A venue intended for 300 is going to look sparse with 30 guests. Our venue fits 100 so it feels just right. We are arrainging our table into a U shape and each table will have several small floral arraingments down the center, along with candles. We are setting up an Ipod with good speakers rather than using a DJ, we aren’t big dancers.

Post # 10
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

ms_fifi:  I am having a casual reception with 25 – 30 guests. I was going to do a ‘family’ table (or bridal party but I am eloping) of 6 people (a long rectangle table), and then 4 round tables of 6.  Or maybe 6 tables of 4? I haven’t done my seating yet but that’s my initial idea. 

Post # 11
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We’re having about 50 guests and are also doing an intimate dinner party style reception. We will be having two long banquet style tables. We splurged a bit on good food so there will be passed appetizers during cocktail hour, a 3 course dinner, and then dessert + cake. We’re just doing an ipod for music and I think the guests will be entertained enough chatting and drinking wine.

Post # 12
415 posts
Helper bee

Maybe just one big long table<br />Our covered porches decorated for a beautiful outdoor wedding reception, surrounded by The Great Smoky Mountains and wildflower fields.  This is for a small wedding reception, but our porches can accommodate up to 75 guests.  Imagine your destination wedding reception at our country elegant wedding venue, surrounded by wildflower fields and mountain views.

Or a ‘U’ shape:<br />

A few round tables:<br />small wedding reception ideas

Post # 13
415 posts
Helper bee

As for the cermony, below are some chair arrangements:<br />

Post # 14
2135 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

There will only be 50 people or so at my wedding. The venue has a door to cut the room in half for the reception! I am having an outdoor wedding and it won’t look empty at all, there is not a huge amount of space (at a hotel). I am also not having a DJ, we will either use a laptop or an IPod with good and affordable speakers (we need some at home anyway). I am also going to give out some word finds and make up some other fun things people can do, especially if they don’t want to dance. 

Post # 15
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Our Castle


ms_fifi:  I agree with doeydo‘s idea of a U shape but maybe more like a pie? Id feel a bit left out it i was at the end of a long table.. Im not even having seated tables, Canapes for a short reception is my way.. chat move, eat and drink..


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