There are many wonderful things about planning a wedding with lots of family and friends invited, but the more people, the more details to take care of. Currently, while large gatherings are being discouraged, planning a small wedding with fewer guests is what most couples are doing.
In many ways, a smaller event can make things a lot easier for you. Here are just a few of the benefits you will encounter if you decide to keep the guest list to a minimum.
Easier on the Budget
Fewer guests invited to your wedding means fewer people you will have to feed and entertain. Cutting the amount of catering alone will save a lot of your wedding budget. You'll also need fewer invitations, less postage, linen rentals, wedding favors, and other items that add up quickly when more people are invited.
As an added bonus, all the money saved in the areas listed above will allow you to spend those leftover funds elsewhere to splurge on other wedding details. For example, if you are only buying 50 invitations instead of 200, you can order the more extravagant ones that cost a bit more to mail or put more of the budget toward your bridal jewelry and gown.
Easier to Find a Venue
When you plan a wedding with a limited number of guests, there are far more venues that can easily accommodate your event. You may even be able to find a space that isn't regularly used for weddings, making yours even more unique.
Easier to Manage Guests
A small wedding guest list means fewer RSVPs to track. A lot less seating will be needed at both the ceremony and the reception.
You will also have fewer people to visit with throughout the wedding meaning that you'll be able to spend more quality, one-on-one time with everyone in attendance.
Easier to Personalize the Guest Experience
Adding personal touches here and there throughout your wedding is a wonderful way to make it unique. When you don't have as many guests to prepare for, you have more time and possibly even more of your budget to use on making the guests experience more personal too.
Hand-written wedding place cards and favors personalized with each guest's name is a very special extra touch. You could even incorporate a unity ceremony that includes the small amount of guests, such as a ring-warming. This is where everyone passes the wedding rings around the room and says a blessing or prayer silently for the couple before passing them along.
Easier For You to Relax
With fewer people to keep track of, both during all the stages of wedding planning and at the actual ceremony and reception, the two of you will have a lot less to worry about. It's incredibly easier to make a few people happy than to try to please a large crowd! This simple fact means that you will both be able to relax a little easier and pay more attention to actually experiencing and enjoying this special day.
Another wonderful way to make wedding planning a lot easier, no matter what size of event you choose to host, is by shopping in our online wedding store. There you will find nearly everything you need for not only the wedding itself but also for all of the pre-wedding parties and even items for your home after the big day. Take a quick look around at WhereBridesGo.com. We know you're going to find all kinds of incredible items to fall in love with!
~The WhereBridesGo.com Team
Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant