Christina has her own Ten Reasons to Have a Small Wedding. I thought I’d offer 10 more good reasons to snip, snip, snip.
1. Rush Order
With fewer people and details to oblige, you’ll have the option to cut down your time-line. Want to be married by this time three months from now? Not if you have 150+ guests, you don’t.
2. Spare Feelings
With a small wedding, you have an easy out to tell people who aren’t invited. If you’re having a large gathering, it gets a little harder to tell them why they didn’t make the cut.
3. Have a Lavish Honeymoon
It’s inevitable during the planning process to, at some point, want to speed up to the honeymoon. Have the getaway you pictured in your mind with more money available to spend and less worry on your brow while you enjoy the time away.
4. Leave the Option for a Destination Wedding
Whether your dream is getting married on the beach or eloping at city hall, you leave the option open with a smaller guest list. Asking 150+ people to travel or fit within city hall is a bit trickier.
5. Have a Moment Alone with Your New Spouse
Stop. Soak it in. It’s not something many couples get to do on their wedding day because of stress, obligatory conversations and details they have to manage and take care off. Take a moment to enjoy each other on your wedding day, because that’s what it’s all about, right?
6. You Don’t Have to Make Small Talk with Mere Acquaintances
You don’t care to meet up with that one friend you had from way back when (even though she is on your Facebook friends list) – especially on your wedding day. Your second cousin that you haven’t seen in ten years? Not interested. And what about that handful of co-workers who bore you to tears? With a small wedding, there is no pressure to include them.
7. Keepsake Photos
With too many guests, it could be something like herding cats to get the keepsake family photos you will someday want. If you don’t want them now, mom & dad, grandparents and children someday will.
8. Go Green
Save the rainforests! Save the polar bears! Save the cheerleader…Wait. There is an exceptional amount of waste that is involved with weddings. With less people, you’ll have less paper to send out (saving you from writer’s cramp in the thank you note arena as well), less food, less trinket favors and less waste all around. You’ll also have a pretty fool-proof out for those that question their lack-of-invitation…because who will argue with a polar bear?
9. You Can Cut Loose
With your friends and family in a comfortable setting, you’ll feel free to dance, play music you actually like and celebrate like you just got married.
10. It’s a Wedding, Not a Reunion
There’s no need to pay $30-$100 per head for dinner to rekindle old friendships. It may seem like a good idea when you’re planning, but when you’re sharing your first kiss as a married couple and Suzy-in-Everyone’s-Business stares at you with that I’m-totally-tweeting-this smile, you’ll wish you had chosen closer friends and family to share your day with.
Lizzie Smithson is a public relations graduate and wedding/design blogger planning a $10,000 (or under) wedding with her graphic-designer fiancé.
I have a confession to make: I have never loved flowers. I like getting them on celebratory occasions, of course. But, I have to admit, I’m loving the growing trend of botanical favors and decor.
Whether you want to send a ‘green’ message to your guests or you don’t want to pay big bucks for a florist, there are many unique ways to showcase plants within your wedding style.
Add Water Decor
Succulents in simple, DIY planters would make a beautiful statement in a loft or gallery wedding. You can personalize the base planters to fit within your color scheme or go neutral (as shown) to keep it simple.
These bubble vases would definitely make a statement at a museum or gallery wedding. I love how they show off simple buds! Keep it elegant and modern with a simple style or go quirky with the leg variations pictured below.
For a pair of bookworms, these creative planters would be an excellent centerpiece for an outdoor wedding (not quite sure how all that dirt is kept neatly in there)! You can also use some colorful magazines to add some extra punch.
Using a small tree as a table number would be an excellent idea for an eclectic or natural indoor wedding or a fun and laid-back outdoor wedding. I love the idea of clothes-pinning a table number to the top and you can easily tie-in this idea elsewhere by using the trees as decor for the dessert and gift tables.
Mixing up succulents with your cake platters on the dessert table instantly adds a modern, yet home-grown, touch to your decor.
Sweet minis would make a cute addition to a long, rectangular-style table reception…I feel if I was sitting in front of these beauties, I’d be enthralled by their simplicity. Who says you need a giant or loud centerpiece anyway?
Give’Em Something to Grow Favors
Succulents are everywhere. These square tins and lovely labels take a small, beautiful gift in a new direction. You can dress up your succulents within any theme with unique, small details.
I love the idea of dried flowers and a small candy in a tiny metal pot. You can personalize this idea with moss and a flower pick label, potpourri instead of flowers or a small plant in soil.
It seems that I fall a bit more in love with terrariums each time I see them. These terrarium light bulbs with a simple tag are fresh and inspiring. You can take the idea in an ornament direction or double the favors as place cards.
Photo One: Ruffled Photo Two: TrendLand Photo Three: See Hear Say Photo Four: Today and Tomorrow Photo Five: Chic und Schlau Photo Six: Terri Planty Photo Seven: sweetfineday Photo Eight: San Diego Wedding Insider Photo Nine: Verbalized in Retrospect Photo Ten: The City Cradle
Lizzie Smithson is a recent public relations graduate, native Chicagoan living in Texas and wedding blogger planning a $10,000 (or under) wedding with her graphic-designer fiancé.
When I was a kid I pined for Shrinky Dinks, but to no avail. Fast forward 30 years and I’m finally getting my Shrinky Dink Fix! Honestly, I can’t get enough! I even had to buy the refill kit because my kids and I have been on such a Shrinky Dink tangent.
Not only can you make name cards, but also fun and creative pendants, charms and bracelets for your bridesmaids and flowergirls.
Here’s the DIY on the name cards:
Shrinky Dinks shrink. A lot. Here’s how much they shrink:
Keep this in mind before you get to work.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. If you don’t want to use your oven, you can also use a toaster oven.
Grab your Shrinky Dink sheet (you can buy Shrinky Dinks here) and cut out a rectangle. (Mine was 2 inches wide by 8.5 inches long for six letters.) Measure out a box for each letter and pencil it in. (You will erase these lines later on.)
Draw your letters with a permanent marker on the shiny side of the sheet. I did mine freehand, but you can also find letters you like and trace them.
Use a Rounded Corner Punch on each corner. Also use a hole punch and punch a hole in the top.
Erase the pencil lines that you used as guides. Turn the sheet over and colour in your design with coloured pencil.
Place your design on a parchment paper lined baking sheet – coloured pencil side up.
Place in oven for 2-5 mins. (Don’t leave unattended. Stay put and watch the magic happen through the oven window.)
Remove your design and place a piece of parchment paper over it. Pile some books on top and let it cool for a few minutes.
Voila! Add a jump ring and a spring clasp and your creation can be added to a key chain, or become a cellphone charm or zipper pull.
You can use these as name cards for your wedding. Simply add to your napkins or prop them up against something.
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Photo One and Two: Kostel Studio
Michonne, 30 and Michael, 38
Wedding Date: January 9th, 2010
Number of Guests: 50
Wedding Cost: $8,000 (including my Bridezilla-moment-$3,500 dress)
Wedding Ceremony Location: Encanto Park (An old city park in the middle of one of our favorite historic districts in Phoenix, the Encanto-Palmcroft historic district.)
Wedding Reception Location: The Tuck Shop ( A rad restaurant in our historic district, Coronado historic district. The Tuck Shop is actually kitty corner from our house – we love this neighborhood foody hangout!)
Why did you have an intimate wedding?
Neither of us are comfortable being the center of attention and it was more important for us to have an intimate and comfortable family-reunion-style event.
What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?
The most difficult thing for me was remembering that I didn’t need anyone’s approval. I think this would have been an issue for me no matter the size of the event, but the least challenging thing (and pretty much the best thing ever) was that I did not have to worry for 5 seconds about anything regarding the reception! John at The Tuck Shop took care of food, serving, tables, music, our preferred drinks, everything. It sure made things easier for me knowing that I did not need to worry about that part of the day!
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?
Not at all.
Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family?
What were the highlights of the ceremony?
Mike and the groomsmen all skateboarded in to where our close friend/officiant (and also a local judge) was stationed. My brother who was one of the groomsmen had never skateboarded, but he had a successful run and did not fall! Proud of him!
What were the highlights of the reception?
Seeing all of our friends and family catching up as if they were at a family reunion was our exact intended goal. Also, my aunt (whose hidden talent is to beautifully frost cakes – I had no idea until the day before the wedding) baked and frosted that beautiful cake which is Mike’s grandmother’s banana cake recipe with peanut butter frosting as a surprise for Mike.
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?
Being able to have personal and extensive conversations with everyone as well as have nice pictures of everyone (I asked my photographer to please take lots of pictures of our family members).
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?
You are able to personalize your wedding to the Nth degree without losing your sanity completely. I sewed napkins for each place setting (I am a quilter and wanted everyone to be able to take away something useful). We would not have been able to personalize our wedding and make it truly ours WHILE remaining happy, healthy, sane, and not completely broke!
Photography: Jennifer Rau Photography
Bouquet & Boutonniere Flowers: Flowers by Jodi
Hair: Megan of Way Cool Hair
Food: The Tuck Shop
Wedding Invitation: Brian Johnson of Design Concern
Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera
Floral Centerpieces: All of my aunts
Cupcakes: All of my aunts
Handmade Napkins: Michonne