The main difference between an intimate wedding and a “regular size” one is that smaller weddings have intimate guest lists of less than 50 people, and more commonly around 20 people or less. Unlike elopements, intimate weddings still involve a handful of your nearest and dearest people, and other typical wedding elements like a venue, photographer, cake, decor, dinner, dancing… that is, if you so choose! You also have the chance to incorporate more unique activities.
Having a small guest list makes a BIG difference. It affects almost every decision in your wedding planning process.
Here are some of the main benefits of having an intimate wedding:
INTIMATE WEDDINGS ALLOW YOU TO FOCUS ON QUALITY OVER QUANTITY, WHILE ALSO SAVING MONEY
Big weddings ain’t cheap! Having a smaller guest list gives you more freedom to spend your budget how you’d like. They are also perfect for couples with a smaller wedding budget, or who would rather save some of that moolah to put towards their honeymoon or another financial goal.
INTIMATE WEDDINGS GIVE YOU MORE VENUE & VENDOR OPTIONS
Intimate weddings allow you to think outside the box a little! Because you have to host, feed, and entertain less people, you can get more creative with your venue and vendor options. Many venues are now offering more intimate wedding packages, too!
INTIMATE WEDDINGS ARE LESS STRESSFUL TO PLAN
Planning a big wedding is a lot of work, and the larger your guest list, the more complicated the logistics. It can be overwhelming, and sometimes even starts to feel like you’re doing it more for other people than yourself.
Planning a more intimate wedding is typically less stressful. You can forget about the crazy high expectations, and focus on the things that YOU want on your wedding day.
INTIMATE WEDDINGS ALLOW YOU TO FOCUS ON WHAT’S IMPORTANT
Imagine inviting the handful of people who matter to you the most, and actually spending quality time with each one of them. Being able to focus on your nearest and dearest, and, of course, the love of your life as you enter this new phase together!
Your wedding day tends to pass in a flash. An intimate wedding slows things down a little and allows you to really be present and soak up every minute!