5 Reasons Why You Should Have an Intimate Wedding

1. You get to include some of those dream wedding details you’ve always wanted without breaking the bank.

I know most women and some men have been saving pins on Pinterest over the last 5 years of what their dream wedding would look like. But when you really start planning a wedding of the average 175 guest list you realize your dreams of a certain design just isn’t realistic for all the rentals and decor pieces required to accommodate that many guests. Your whole budget will barely cover venue, catering and photos. But if you cut down your guest count to under 50 you have much more wiggle room in your budget. More venue options without worrying about having enough room for your guests. Catering cost goes way down because you are typically looking at $40-$100 per head. Rental costs obviously go down and you have more flexibility to rent those specialty pieces that you always wanted. Flower costs are cut way back because you can choose those unique arrangements that you’ve been drooling over without having to get 20 pieces to cover each table. Have I got your attention yet?

2. You have more time to enjoy each of your guests without feeling overwhelmed.

Guys my biggest bummer from my Full Size wedding is that I didn’t get to talk to everyone that came. So bad that I didn’t even know certain people were there other than looking at my rsvp’s. I looked at my photos and thought to myself, dang it why didn’t I say hi to them. Yes are wedding was a blast but I wish we could have had things more relaxed and opportunities to have conversations with each guest and photos with each guest. Don’t stress on making sure you invite everyone that has touched your life. They will understand that you want to celebrate with those closest to you. And most importantly you have time to take in those special moments with your hunny. Full Weddings are busy and they go by so fast. Doesn’t that sound amazing?

3. Your wedding photos become more enjoyable and realistic.

Lets be honest. When you are in the midst of your full wedding and your trying to squeeze in time for your photos with your new spouse you aren’t authentically being the way you would be as if it were a date night or a relaxed night in. When you take away the busy and the stress and you have an amazing photographer like Loveridge Photography you are going to be so happy with your authentic photos. I can’t express this enough. The time that me and my hubby had for photos was rushed and I can see the frustration on my face in the photos. I can tell I was pushing out a smile. This could be for many other reasons too but honestly all the reasons it could be from all had to do with having a big wedding. WOOO this feels good to get off my chest.

4. Your personality comes through.

Skip traditions do what makes you guys feel good and feel the most joy. If you want to have a 2 hour 6 course meal with an acoustic solo musician playing in the background than do it. If you want to have your wedding on a boat than do it. If you want to skip the cheesy wedding traditions you can! With intimate weddings we can create a magical evening that you and your closest loved ones will enjoy and remember FOREVER.

5. Smaller or no Wedding Party

Guys sometimes having a wedding party can be stressful in itself. Sometimes not but its just one more thing you have to worry about. Maybe just choose a maid of honor and best man and you don’t have to worry about matching outfits, adding cost of more bouquets. With an intimate wedding every guest has a special role on your wedding day and eliminating the wedding party can save you a lot of time and headaches.

Well I hope this helps you decided if you do or do not want an intimate wedding. The most amazing weddings I’ve planned, witnessed and been a guest of has been intimate weddings. The day is about you and your new spouse. Don’t let others influence you to do something that you really don’t want to do. I am a wedding planner and believe me I also love planning and designing full weddings but there is just something so special about the intimate one that has me dreaming of planning more of those.

Cheers and Happy Engagement to you!

-Samantha Ward of Samantha Josette Events (co-founder of Nearest+Dearest)

Samantha Ward