(Closed) What are/were the details to your small ceremony…

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
3671 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I had 18 people at the ceremony and 14 at the reception (not including us).  I did some recaps which I’ll link at the end for more perspective.  We had a small standing ceremony in a gazebo that was personalized but still fairly short.  Our bridal party consisted of my brother as my man of honor, his brother as his best man, and his friend as his groomsman.  We played our processional and recessional on an Ipod.  One thing I do suggest is to get a picture of everyone that came to the wedding after the ceremony. 

Our reception was a dinner reception in a restaurant so we didn’t have to rent any tables, chairs, linens, etc.  We had a small cocktail hour with two choices of appetizers and an open bar.  We had dinner in a private room and only included cake cutting and toasts.  We did have a guest book too.  We also did still have favors although they weren’t necessary and I made our centerpieces from silk flowers and milk glass vases.  The music was the music the restaurant played which was old jazz (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, etc) which I loved anyway.  We didn’t dance or do any of the tosses or even have an exit.  We stayed until the end and had a blast with everyone.  Here are the links to more information:

Intimate Charleston Wedding Recap: Getting ready, some details, and first look

Intimate Charleston Wedding Recap: Ceremony, reception, and details (Long)

Post # 4
31 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

We did a fan program, rather than a big program with page after page of details.  It served a dual purpose and for my small wedding in the summer, it was perfect.

Post # 7
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We are having a very small wedding – 23 invited guests.  I did save the dates cards because we are getting married on a friday. This way people can prepare at work if needed. All flowers I did myself in silk and they came out very nice I think.  No garter or bouquet toss.  There will be only one single woman and two single men – Awkward….  We are just having cake and champagne afterwards.  We are doing a first dance and toast and cake cutting.  So I’s say we are doing many of the old traditions but everything on a very small scale.  No attendants, no full meal, no band just a pre recorded CD.  I have one for pre wedding music, one for the ceremony and one for the reception.  A friend is work the CD player.  I chose to go CD instead of Ipod only so I could have mutiple speakers placed around the chapel and gazebo reception.  We have both been married before but as I like to tell people never to each other – so I still want it to be special , but tasteful.

Post # 8
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We had a small intimate wedding as well(44pl)  Got married @ a local park in Dana Point w/ the ocean as our background.  I had 3 readers and my 92yr Grandmother blessed our marriage.  Then we had our reception @ a local restaurant.(We closed down the place)  I supplied the cupcakes, centerpieces, as well as the Ipod.  Although we didn’t have a traditional ceremony(champagne toast only), everyone had a chance to wish us well.  I also decided not to have professional pictures taken during the reception to keep it intimate.  Although I did have cameras @ each table, we own 3 cameras, our friends and family took great photos throughout the night.  Another plus was we  were able to walk around and talk to all of our friends and family.  That’s why I called our reception a wedding dinner instead of a wedding reception.  More relaxed.

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