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TIPS FOR PLANNING A SMALL WEDDING



PLANNING A SMALL INTIMATE WEDDING

With Real First Hand Advice on Postponed Covid Weddings

 

In a year like no other, so many couples have had to start planning a small wedding when the pandemic changed their celebration ambitions. With postponed covid weddings being the norm over the last year, many couples have had to re-think their day and start planning a small intimate wedding instead of their original ideas. It goes without saying that many engaged couples intend on planning a small wedding from the very start.


However, this year with micro weddings becoming more prominent, accommodating pandemic weddings have had to take priority. If you find yourself in the circumstance where you have not initially intended on planning a micro wedding, then the prospect can be daunting.



SOME QUICK TIPS FOR PLANNING A SMALL INTIMATE WEDDING


Think About a Weekday Wedding.

Venues can be very accommodating and most have reduced rates for mid-week celebrations. This can be helpful with reducing cost, but also helping with the smaller guest list.

Maximise The Experience You Have

Just because you are planning a smaller celebration, this does not mean that certain elements are exempt from the festivities. If you are having to plan a micro wedding this does not mean that you don’t deserve the outfit that you had planned for your ‘big wedding’. Have the flower arch, book the photographer and amend the wedding cake. Just because your celebration is smaller this dose not mean it is less important.

Look at Non-Traditional Wedding Venues

Smaller venues or ‘non-traditional’ places for getting hitched are usually a little more equipped for intimate wedding numbers. This can open up a huge possibility for your reception and ceremony that you may had never considered.


 

Elizabeth, Peter and Their Advice on Postponed Covid Weddings

I met Elizabeth and Peter at a wedding workshop and we got on really well. When speaking to them they discussed how their wedding had changed form so many times due to Covid-19. However the advice they are divulging is all down to personal experience. Some couples, like Elizabeth and Peter have had to re-plan their wedding day aspirations. From a guest list of 150, down to less than 10, to a wedding without dancing or singing. They have been kind enough to answer some questions surrounding how they managed to planning a small intimate wedding from a grand affair. This blog is here to help you with some decisions that you might have to be choosing between.



Tell Us a Little About The ideas You Had For Your Wedding?

Elizabeth & Peter: “Our wedding was always planned to be on New Years Eve. This is because every NYE before our wedding, (that’s six including the wedding now) we have always played host to a fancy dress party and people expect it from us now every year. We love being social and as we both work dealing with people; we have some incredibly fun and creative friends who all love the chance to dress up.


When Planning a Small Wedding What Was The Most Important Element For You As a Couple?

“For us, it was always about doing what we wanted and not what was expected of us. Our original idea was super non-conventional and we were proud of that. We love intimate evenings playing games and eating nice food, quiz nights and catch ups, but we also LOVE dressing up and have HUGE parties, so again, why not do both?



What Was The Most Surprising Thing About Planning a Small Intimate Wedding That You Did Not Expect?

“Nothing really surprising about planning, other than they can be almost as stressful as doing a huge one. It’s more about how the day actually went and the fact that you can have 15 or 150 people or spend £1,000 or £15,000. As long as you stay true to yourselves, don’t aim to please others and have your closest loved ones around you, it doesn’t matter. The day is what you make it and whenever people ask us this sort of question, this is what we tell them. Our biggest surprise was that we could have a small wedding with only 15 people and for it to still be the perfect wedding. Before Covid-19 we would have never suggested or recommended a planning a small intimate wedding. We could never understand how you could not want everyone there, but now we realise how special the intimacy of it all was. It really was a special day we will never forget.”



What advice would you give other couples who are embarking on planning their own wedding?

“Don’t listen to anyone else or feel pressured into doing what others want or inviting people you don’t even like. Don’t even stress about plus 1s! If you can’t afford to feed Shirley’s husband (because every single person will cost, you) then Shirley will understand. Stay grounded and plan within your means. Yes, you might have an incredible few hours but you don’t want to start married life in debt. Save and spend that cash on an amazing honeymoon – that’s what we’re going to do. If you want to express yourself in a certain way, then please, please just do it. If you have a funny feeling from a potential venue or supplier, then don’t go with them. The last thing you want on the day is worry of being judged for simply marrying the person you love. Embrace the fact you don’t always feel accepted by society and plug that into your day. Do something strangers would balk at but be secretly envious of, because they’re too afraid to be different.”





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