When we think of a marriage ceremony, we tend to imagine grandiose celebrations and hundreds of guests invited to participate in the joy of the couple. There are fireworks and music in honor of the husband and wife, who have exchanged vows in front of a crowd of relatives, friends and colleagues. But what happens when the two soulmates also share a passion for an intimate and exclusive wedding, limited to their loved ones? Here are some tips that will allow more discrete couples to enjoy a small ceremony, without sacrificing the festive atmosphere of the big day.
Shortening the guest list
Although the guest list is something shared by the two spouses-to-be, the desire for an intimate ceremony could mean protests from the family members of either side. Neither the bride nor the groom want to offend the sensibilities of the family but they also want to plan their wedding in their own way. The best solution here is to invite some people only to the religious (or civil) ceremony part of the wedding. These individuals won’t be present for the reception. The reception guest list will remain small and intimate.
Tailoring the guest list to keep it intimate has another very big advantage for couples: it means they have more of a budget to play and spend on the wedding. With a more concentrated availability of funds, newlyweds can allocate their money to high quality decorations, menus, centrepieces and all the little details that make a wedding unforgettable. They can opt to spend money on pampering their guests, offering them gifts like a hotel room for those who are traveling and custom gifts.
Help Yourself to the Details
At the same time, the couple themselves can afford some added luxury with a flusher budget. They can choose to rent a vintage car, for example, and a rich menu which will delight the plates of all their guests. They can splurge on a larger cake or a more expensive band. And, finally, a smaller guest list will allow them to organize their wedding in a special place that could be more exotic or less conventional, according to the taste of the couple.
When a wedding is small and intimate, restricted to a few close friends, these advantages can make it even more coveted and memorable because everyone who was there will be sharing their experiences with everyone else.