Small weddings are trending!
Bride’s have grown up imagining their big day, the big commitment, and that big love. All of these things are big, so naturally it’s easy to assume the big day should be as big as the meaning behind it, but that is not always the case. Sometimes smaller is bigger… I’m sure you’ve heard that one before.
Don’t get me wrong, if inviting everyone you cherish and love means inviting 200 guests, then do it! Big weddings are great fun, but here are some perks of having a small guest count:
1. It’s more intimate
With a smaller guest count, you have a better chance of getting more one-on-one time with each person. That’s so important when you’re with the people you love, and getting to talk with you is important to your guests.
2. It’s less expensive
This one’s probably a given, but you can’t deny it! Less guests means less food, less drinks, less guest-favors, and less rental fees! This gives you a little extra spending-room in other areas where you’d like to spend more money, like on photography or maybe this will allow you to add some videography. Of course, you still want to treat your guests for being supportive in your endeavors (like marriage!), but with a lot less preparation.
3. More time to do the things you want to do
When you feel compelled to chat with hundreds of people, you tend to miss out on dancing, eating, and the experience of the party overall. You and your guests will have more time to talk, so no one will be playing tug-of-war with you, which gives you more time to enjoy everything you planned (and paid) for.
4. Transportation and accommodation arrangements have never been easier
Blocking off rooms for 50 out-of-town guests and family members is a little bit of a hassle, and sometimes you have to set every one up in several different places and it gets to be very scattered. This can also make transportation difficult if you have to have a bus to pick up everyone from different locations. It is more relaxed when you have a small guest count, you can easily find accommodations for a few rooms as opposed to 20 rooms.
5. More time to visit
Not just at the event, but on the day before and the day after, you’ll have more time to just hang around with your guests and do some local activities like hiking, shopping, etc. You won’t feel pressured to entertain so many people while they are in the area.
It’s important to be aware that leaving people you know off of the guests list is O.K.! Not everyone needs to be at your wedding, especially if it’s not in your budget. It’s more special to share the day with those you are truly closest with, which may not necessarily your mom’s third cousin!