Are you recently engaged and starting to plan your wedding? There are so many details that come with planning a wedding including how many guests, can you afford to have everyone there, and a unique venue option? Have you considered throwing away the old idea of inviting everyone and having a small intimate wedding?
Why are small weddings so popular right now? I think it has to do with the fact that it makes your special day so intimate and more personal by keeping it small and with people who matter the most. I recently sat down with a couple for an initial consultation, they were overwhlemed by the costs they were being quoted on locations, food, and other items. They really wanted to stay true to themselves, what was important to them, celebrating with their family, but not going into debt to do it.
Having a small wedding, you avoid the large fees with throwing an extravagant event. Did you know that the average cost of a wedding has risen to over $30,000 based on approximately 150 guests? Couples we are meeting with are very practical in their spending plans, they realize they can enjoy their vows and still plan and purchase a new home for example. They do not need to start their lives in debt to get what they want.
By keeping your special day small it allows you to be more creative in your planning. Having a small group of guests invited to your wedding day, allows you to be more creative for venue options and details, such as a rustic cabin or cottage, an outdoor location in a park or by the water, in your favourite restaurant or bar or even a destination wedding to your favourite beach location to relax and enjoy your big day as well as the planning stages.
It allows you to change the timeline for your day, not stick to a traditional dinner and reception, both can be costly. And use the savings towards a splurge item that you do not want to compromise on, like videography?
It also allows you to add extra details to certain things such as table settings, invitations or even your gifts to your guests. When planning a small wedding, you can plan it in a few months and make it less stressful on yourself and your significant other. You do not need a years’ worth of planning for a smaller wedding.
Small pop up weddings are a popular alternative because they are more laid back, allowing you to sit back, enjoy and celebrate your big day with the people that matter most to you.
Keep your wedding small, intimate and creative and save money for your honeymoon or anything else you may be planning for.