When planning a wedding, the first thing you need to do is decide the kind of wedding you want to have. Where is going to be? Did you choose a venue, a band, a caterer, a dress? If not, you better get to work.
But what if there was a better, quieter way to plan a wedding? One that involves only your closest and dearest around you to provide the immense love and support you need on this special day? It is time to talk about small weddings!
What is an Intimate Wedding?
When an engaged couple decides that they would rather break norms and have a wedding that is only about them, and not about the various aunts, uncles, guests, and other distant relatives, we like to call it an intimate wedding. Why is it intimate? Because the dynamic of a smaller group of people is quite different from that of a huge wedding party. There is more conversation, more involvement, and ultimately more fun!
A couple can decide to go for an intimate wedding for many reasons. The foremost cause that comes to mind is saving up money; another is the comfort that comes with having fewer people around to judge you and watch your every action. Here are some pros and cons of intimate weddings.
The cons of intimate weddings may have left you feeling a little bit confused about why to have them in the first place. Have a look at some of the best reasons to go for it without second thought!
More Venues to Choose from
Most of the venues and wedding locations in the Greensboro area are mid-size, made for parties of 50-200 people. The best wedding venues, especially those that provide outdoor gardens, know how to perfectly proportion the space to suit the size of your wedding party.
Depending on the choices you make and the reason you decided to go for an intimate wedding in the first place, you may end up spending less. This will allow you to save up the wedding money for future escapades, or even a lovely honeymoon right after!
More Time for Photos!
When there are fewer guests to entertain and greet, there is more time for you to spend with your inner circle. An intimate wedding can turn out to be a great opportunity for you to have as many photographs taken as you want! Go for full length photo shoots if you want, or be the candid, laughing bride; it’s all up to you.
You can Focus on Your Beau & Guests
Having fewer people means you can give individual attention to each guest. Usually the couple does not get to interact with their wedding guests past the distant hello. At an intimate wedding you can sit together, talk, and actually enjoy your day the way it is supposed to be enjoyed.
Make it a Destination Wedding
Because there is a small number of people attending, you could consider taking your entire wedding party to an island destination out of country. Even Hawaii is a great idea! They will be enjoying the most colorful sunsets while sipping champagne next to the sea, exclaiming that this is probably the best wedding they have ever been to in their entire lives.
If Nothing Else Works- Elope!
What if there was no one but your ‘one and only’ with you at the wedding? If your answer is somewhat close to ‘absolutely amazing,’ just pack up your bags and go to some exotic, beautiful location and book the local chapel for your wedding. We are sure you will never be sorry about it!
Hang on! Before going for it already, consider the following drawbacks that may influence your decision to only invite your closest friends and family as part of the wedding party.
Making a Guest List will be Difficult
When the number of your guests is shortened down to a super small amount, it becomes absolutely impossible to pick and choose who matters enough to be invited to the wedding. In some cases, the person in question might even be someone close to you that you just cannot make room for. If you go for an intimate wedding, you have to get used to the conflict and drama that may come up
If you find yourself feeling guilty for disappointing those around you, you can decide to have a larger wedding reception, or have a house party for those who could not have been invited. This may end up increasing you expenditure but at least you will be hosting people in a relaxed setting. In any case, be ready to make a lot of people very upset!
When you look at pictures of other newlyweds at their nuptials, you may feel like you missed out on an opportunity to go big on your wedding day. You might even think you under-celebrated the event. In such a case, remind yourself of why you went for a small wedding in the first place and what truly mattered to you at that point in time.
It is stressful planning for a wedding in any case; and planning an intimate one is even harder. If you do decide that a quiet and elegant wedding is more your thing, then go for it with your eyes closed and make the most of the day that is meant to be your happiest.
If you are located in Greensboro or surrounding areas and want some amazing wedding pictures taken, hit us up at Doug Burke Photography at 336-486-9932