Planning a Small Wedding? Here’s Some Ideas
Smaller weddings divide opinion – you might get close-ish friends feeling disappointed that they didn’t make the cut, as well as older relatives wondering why you’re not pushing the boat out (are you doing it in a hurry…?).
That said, it’s your day, so you decide what happens. You can meet your guests halfway, though, when you have a smaller wedding. You can involve each guest in the ceremony, which is something you can’t do with a bigger affair.
Don’t bother with a procession
There may not be enough people to make it really happen! Instead, let your guests mingle and chat over wine and canapés, before gathering everyone together and heading to their places.
Give each guest a different flower and as the bride walks up the aisle, she collects each bloom and constructs her bouquet. Each flower represents the different members of the families and friends and their contribution to the life of the couple.
Give each family member a reading
If there’s fewer than 30 guests, ask each person to say a few lines about you, or to give some advice for married life. Alternatively, everyone could offer up their lines to a single document for one person to read out.
Revitalise family or cultural traditions
You only have to please a few people, so talk to older family member about their weddings, or research the ethnic traditions involved. It’s a good way to make an intimate occasion even more special.
Personalise your wedding programme further
You could address each guest in the booklet – something you wouldn’t be able to do if you had 200+ guests! Provide anecdotes and thank them if they’ve helped out in the preparations, for example.
You could really turn tradition on its head and act as your own ushers before and after the ceremony. Greet people as they enter and show them to their places, then guide them out before you hit the reception!