Small weddings are coming back into style. A small wedding allows you to enjoy a more intimate affair where you celebrate with the people who matter the most to you. With a small wedding, the pressure to invite everyone you know is off.
Tip #1: Get Rid of the Traditional Wedding Party
There is no need for you to have a maid of honor and four bridesmaids. A small wedding means a small wedding party as well. If you are close with your family, make your wedding party just your closest family members, such as your siblings or a cousin. Or stick to one or two close friends for each of you to stand up as members of your wedding party. You can also get rid of a wedding party altogether.
Tip #2: Bring in Everyone Close
For the actual ceremony, bring everyone close together. You can have a standing ceremony, where the ceremony itself is short, and everyone stands close by so they can hear what is being said. If a standing ceremony is not your style, you can put a ring of chairs around the area where you will stand and say your vows. With a small ceremony, you will only need one or two rings of chairs. Bringing everyone close will make the ceremony feel more intimate
Tip #3: Take a Picture Altogether
Next, with a smaller wedding, you should be able to get a fun group shot with everyone in the picture. Make sure the wedding photographer has somewhere where they can get up high and take a photo of everyone. It may not be the best picture, but it will be a fun picture that captures the spirit of your small wedding.
Tip #4: Enjoy Family Style Dining
There is no reason to keep everyone separate from one another with your food. Set up some tables and enjoy some family-style dining. With a small party, you will be able to enjoy a more typical family dinner, where you pass around the food and enjoy small talk with one another.
Tip #5: Use a Food Truck for Catering
Have some fun with the catering! You are not feeding a hundred people, so you don't need to go with a traditional catering service. You can hire a food truck to serve food for your wedding guests or bring in a smaller catering service for your wedding.
When it comes to planning your wedding, consider going for a smaller affair where only the people who you care about the most are in attendance at the wedding. Bring everyone in close for the wedding ceremony and for dinner and enjoy having real conversations and building real memories with everyone at your wedding.