When it comes to the planning of your small wedding you will be saving money on a lower headcount which will allow you to splurge in other areas. This is ultimately up to you and your partner but as a Berkshire wedding planner I can work with you to prioritise how to use your budget to find individual ways to ensure your day characterises you and during these unprecedented times here is a guide of five small ideas to make a big impact on your wedding day.
1. Book your dreamy or alternative wedding venue
Having a smaller guest list can increase your chances of booking your dream or alternative wedding venue. Have you often thought about getting married in a venue that you always thought might have been out of your reach. Or what about a favourite boutique hotel, bar or restaurant that you have fond memories from. Perhaps a small garden with a marquee or something slightly different a brewery, an art gallery, a rooftop, or even a shop!
The great outdoors can offer so many fantastic locations. A rustic barn, a woodland glade, a private beach or even a wildlife park. And the options are varied and exciting. Think of those unusual locations and what stunning backdrops they would make magic for your wedding photos!!
2. Family-Style Seating Arrangements
When it comes to your reception, a smaller wedding offers several options. Rather than struggling through the seating plan, printing place cards, and having assigned seating for your wedding guests, a favourite small wedding idea is to allow guests to choose their own seat for a family-style meal.
Creating several cosy areas where guests can sit and chat before and after dinner will allow for a relaxed atmosphere. And how about setting up a fire pit with sofas or bales for comfort and warmth as the night draws in. This are simple and small ideas to make a big impact on your wedding day
With fewer guests there will be greater choices to style the day with more bespoke furniture and work with unique suppliers allowing for an exceptional personal look and vibe for the day.
3. Food, food glorious food.
If you are two food lovers, you might want to have a to-die-for menu. For a wedding with fewer guests your budget might extend to the best of the best for your dinner. With so many talented chefs and alternative food options this is certainly a time to go for it. Perhaps hire a food van with a difference. Treat yourselves with a sommelier if you are fond of wine fines. Have fun with a mixologist creating your favourite cocktails throughout the night.
Consider extending the celebrations with a dinner the night before or a brunch the day. Additional meals will allow you to make a full weekend of your celebrations with your nearest and gives time for expanding and incorporating more menu ideas.
4. Personal Touch
As with any major life event, your big day should feel like you. When you find yourself in the midst of wedding planning just take a moment out with a cocktail in hand and brainstorm with your fiancé about ways to mix your own personalities into the wedding. Do you want a different dessert instead of wedding cake? Do you want to use the chef from the restaurant you had your first date at? Do you want your guests to go home with a little something to remind them of you? What about leaving a personalised message on each guest’s place at dinner? Have your shoes customed designed? Have fun brainstorming and you will come up with some fabulous ideas.
5. Go “Live” with the entertainment.
Live music is your best bet for a small wedding. A DJ spinning tunes might feel disconnected with the atmosphere, but a solo acoustic act during dinner and a live Motown or festival-style act to dance to in the evening will be perfect. A small wedding is all about connection, and live music is ideal for this. You do not want a huge band that feels disproportionate to the number of guests either; a three or four-piece is perfect.
The list of entertainment to have a wedding is limitless. The impact of live entertainment can be very impressive and makes for many memories. From pimping up your prosecco to retro candy bars, comedians and circus tricks, fireworks and sparklers, juke box to jugglers there are endless ideas to wow your guests and give them something to remember.
Lets make this small wedding have a wow impact for you and your guests. Please do contact me to start this fun filled planning journey together and let’s turn those small ideas to make a big impact on your wedding day. https://honourandpop.co.uk/contact/