(Closed) Tell me about your small weddings!

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We had a small 24 person wedding, just family. We had the wedding in the courtyard at a nice hotel, and then dinner for our guests in the restaurant hotel (in a private area). We still did the cake cutting, first dance, parent dances, cocktail hour, toasts, clinking of glasses, still had place cards… It was super nice. It was a great way for our two families to really get to know eachother and it was far more relaxed (yet really fancy still). We were able to talk to everyone and enjoy the whole night, eat all our food and really be in the moment. Our families were both not happy it was so small at first, but everyone told us how great the event was and how much they enjoyed it.


Here is a link to our photographer’s blog we were in. http://www.matthewrphoto.com/2012/01/mansion-on-forsyth-park-wedding-photography/

Post # 5
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012


How many guests?  We had two guests which were our witneses (required by law). They were H’s parents.


Where did you have the ceremony and reception? The ceremony was at Canada’s #2 lodge on a quiet glacial lake in a national park.  The reception was a three course dinner complete with a wedding cake and champagne held in the 100+ year old lodge on the lake.


Did people have fun?  It wasn’t whopping fun for H’s parents, but I know they were very happy to have made it and enjoyed the day immensely.  I had a blast, we had photos done in a canoe, around the lake, in a field.  H and I were so giddy and smiley!






The lodge/area:





What was the general atmosphere of the day?  Nature, outdoors, relaxed, calm, happiness.


What wedding traditions did you keep?  While sitting around the campfire the night before (we stayed in the parents RV), I mentioned how silly the whole something old, something blue things was.  Then they all convinced us that we should do it!  So the old was this old postcard from 1904 of the exact lodge we were at in mint condition, the blue was a hankie with my H’s initial on it, borrowed – Mother-In-Law lent me her bracelet, new was the dress. I didn’t do the sixpence part though. 




Then becasue H is very Swedish/Norwegian, we walked into the ceremony arm and arm as Swedish couples do (I found this online).  I am of Irish decent, so we added an old Irish blessing into the ceremony.

Post # 6
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@givemecouture:  How small are we talking?  Most people consider my first wedding small.

How many guests? Invited 80, between 50 and 60 attended.
Where did you have the ceremony and reception? Private events room at a local restaurant.
Did people have fun? Lots of great pictures show that my guests had a good time.  WE definitely had fun.  Very laid back and in line with our personalities. 
What was the general atmosphere of the day? Calm, fun.  Close friends and family made it great because we had a chance to chat with everyone who attended and we both knew all of the guests.
What wedding traditions did you keep? We did all of the normal traditions (first dance, father-daughter dance, cutting the cake, etc…) except we did not do the garter and bouquet tosses. 

I liked it so much that I am having another small 50-60 person wedding this time around as well.

Post # 7
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Mine is in 10 days, so I can’t answer all the questions yet but
How many guests? 18


Where did you have the ceremony and reception? at a Hotel in San Antonio


What wedding traditions did you keep? We will have flowers & cake & punch
the reception is going to be in the same place as the ceremony, over looking the river walk
His two children are in the ceremony, they will get rings & exchange family vows with us (we have full custody of them) they are super excited about “getting married”. We do have a best man but no maid/matron of honor

Post # 10
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@givemecouture:  No way!  My photographer was from Calgary in fact!  I’ll PM you.

Post # 11
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m not married yet, but I fully support the small wedding idea!  It is allowing us to do things we wouldn’t have been able to do with a ton of people AND I look forward to having a stress-free day with the people we care most about.

How many guests? 12

Where did you have the ceremony and reception?  We will be having the ceremony in my mom’s courtroom (it’s a family thing ha) and then limo over to the reception at Ruth’s Chris.

What wedding traditions did you keep?  I’ll still be wearing a wedding dress even though we’re getting married in a courthouse…and we’re having cake & flowers & placecards & invitations, Save-The-Date Cards, prof photographer etc.  There probably won’t be a bouquet toss or garter throwing…the garter thing would just be awkward in a tiny little room lol. SO wants to still do a daddy/daughter mother/son dance…but I just don’t see it.  I really just want to have a quaint, nice dinner.  All together, it will cost <$5,000.

Post # 12
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@nikkillette:  That is a STUNNING room for an intimate dinner reception.  I love small weddings!

Post # 14
8471 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

How many guests?  Exactly 100!


Where did you have the ceremony and reception?  Ceremony was in a Catholic Church and the reception was in a banquet hall.


Did people have fun?   YES!  People couldn’t stop talking about my wedding for months and months afterwards… excellent dj + excellent food = a fun time!


What was the general atmosphere of the day?  It was nice and calm and relaxing for me.  I had a nice little bridal party, 3 girls, so no drama or chaos.  The ceremony ended at 2:45 and the reception was at 5 so this gave everyone plenty of time to get there.. It was only 30 min away… Some people had to go home and walk their dogs, etc…  Cocktail hour was amazing… there were literally so many items to choose from.. Dinner was delicious…. People kept asking me, “where did you find this place?!”  The dance floor was packed from start to finish… Just absolutely wonderful.
What wedding traditions did you keep?  We did the bouquet and garter toss (but didn’t make him put it on her leg), we kept traditional vows, we cut the cake…


Post # 15
3141 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012


How many guests? 60-70 including all day vendors 


Where did you have the ceremony and reception? Heritage House with outdoor garden in the town I grew up in. 


Did people have fun? Abosolutely !!! They said it was the best wedding they had been to in thier lives. Our photographer and videographer were both so touched they cried as I walked down the aisl and that says a lot when they have done a crazy amount of weddings in thier work. Unique Round dance and aboriginal performers 


What was the general atmosphere of the day? the last beautiful day of September


What wedding traditions did you keep? Giving away the Bride, my 17 year old son gave me away. The Cake cutting, the first dance, father /daughter, mother / son dance,  and Bridal party. In the rush of the day we forgot to serve the cake, toss the bouquet or the garter. 


Tell me everything! Thanks ladies!

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