If you are getting married in the year 2020 you have likely asked yourself if you should have an intimate wedding or postpone to a later date when you can have more guests.
We know intimate weddings are not for everyone. If you can not imagine not being on the dance floor with every single person on your list then intimate is likely not your jam. And that is OK. Wait for the wedding YOU want.
For others, you want to get married on your date even if that means it doesn’t look exactly the way you planned it. Or maybe you are just starting to plan and want something just a bit smaller for the future.
Guess what, intimate weddings or elopements don’t suck. In fact, they can have some benefits that larger weddings don’t have. Here are some reasons why.
Time With Guests
At an intimate wedding you get to really spend time with your guests. I mean more than just walking by their table and saying hello. You get to sit and have a conversation with your grandmother, share a whiskey with your co-workers and laugh out on the dance floor with your best friends (or even each other)!
When your guest list is 10, 20 or 50 you don’t feel pulled in as many directions as you do when your guest list is 250. This doesn’t mean the day won’t feel hectic at times, it just means you get around to greeting everyone a lot faster than you would with a larger guest count and then you get around to really connecting with them.
Intimate weddings can give you a little more wiggle room to add extras or experiences. We have seen caricature artists, aura photographers, “open concept” catering (where the chef plates or prepares the food in front of the guests) and bourbon tastings.
With a larger guest count some of these experiences or add ons aren’t realistic because they can lead to extra long lines or waiting around for your guests and everyone may not have time to partake in them. With smaller guest counts you don’t have to worry so much about that.
Your Budget will Stretch Farther
The budget for an intimate wedding can still vary quite a bit but will definitely stretch farther if you are spending it on 30 guests and not 300.
We may sound like a broken record here but the amount of money you spend is directly tied to the guest count. Keeping the guest count down allows your budget to stretch a little farther and you may be able to splurge on some things like high end photos, florals or that calligraphy mural you really want.
We love weddings of ALL sizes but during these times of Covid if you choose to have a smaller wedding it isn’t all bad (or any bad really). You have to make the choice that is right for you and your new marriage. That is always the endgame anyway.
Whether you are planning a big wedding or an intimate one we would love to help! For more intimate wedding inspiration and more about us visit our galleries.