Beach wedding

Jennifer, 22  and Richard, 21

Houston, Texas

Wedding Date: May 30, 2008

Number of Guests: 75

 Wedding Cost:  $3,000

 Wedding Ceremony Location: Stewart Beach, Galveston, Texas

 Wedding Reception Location: Wedding Chapel , Galveston, Texas

  beach wedding Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We knew that not all of my family  was going to be able to attend since they are out of town, so we planned for all his local family to attend plus some of my close friends. Also, since we were paying for it all ourselves, we knew that we had to keep the guest list below 100.

 What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

The hardest thing was our location. We originally planned a restaurant ceremony but were faced with last minute seasonal inflation charges and we had to find a new ceremony location fast. Luckily our ceremony venue was understanding and was able to accommodate us.

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

It was hard to not invite everyone we knew but we already knew that most of my family was unable to attend and so we filled in those slots with close friends.

 Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

We didn’t really run into any trouble with anyone asking to come who weren’t already invited. Most people we talked to understood that we were young, and since we were paying for it ourselves, knew the wedding would be small.

beach ceremony  What were the highlights of the ceremony?

The intimacy. I loved how it wasn’t a traditional “sit down” ceremony. All the guests were up close and personal with us. We faced our guests instead of having our backs to them which was great.

What were the highlights of the reception?

I think everyone really enjoyed our slideshow that our maid of honor and Richard put together. We had pictures of us growing up from before we met and then tons of us together over the years. The songs they chose really fit our personalities. Also I personally found the toasts from the maid of honor and best man very touching.

 What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Being able to visit each and every guest and actually holding a conversation. We got to thank each person personally and hug everyone goodbye at the end of the night.

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

I really wish more couples would consider having one. I know that most people want to have as many people there as possible but at the end of the night, all the people that mean the most to you are the ones that you’ll see the following days, weeks, etc. and those will be the ones you’ll talk about the wedding with. It’s great knowing that you were able to talk to and thank everyone individually.


Dress: Custom by Helen Touchet

Cake: Custom by Melanie Lance

Photography: Freelance by Amanda Schilling from AP Schilling Events and Professional by John Stone Photography

Flowers: Grapevine Florist

Hair: Tisha Varas

Tux: Al’s Formalwear

Ceremony/Reception: Wedding Chapel

Photos: Amanda Schilling from AP Schilling Events

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  1. Posted by Panama City Beach Weddings on January 25th, 2009 at 12:54pm

    Beach Weddings in Florida are also romantic, love your wedding pictures in Texas.
  2. Posted by aruba beach weddings on April 10th, 2009 at 4:26pm

    i am so happy for you. There is nothing better than a beach wedding.
  3. Posted by Lindsay on June 1st, 2009 at 2:49pm

    Aww, how neat. I like this! Glad you were able to get your wedding story published on a well known site. How cool is that.
  4. Posted by Michelle on April 11th, 2010 at 11:09am

    I'm so impressed they were able to do this for $3,000!
  5. Posted by Victoria Autrey on May 30th, 2013 at 2:56am

    Hi there! I am trying to plan an intimate wedding gathering for August 16th 2013. I would like a photography for the ceremony, chairs, beach setting, minister, and bamboo and white curtain decor. Very simple but elegant. If you could send me a quote or speak with me about the details I would really appreciate it! Thank you!

    Victoria Autrey
  6. Posted by Lauren Sims on August 17th, 2013 at 4:55pm

    Hi ! I am trying to plan an intimate wedding gathering November.17,2013 . I would like a photography for the ceremony,chairs,beach setting,minister ,a gazebo . My colors are black,white ,soft pink very simple and romantics is what I'm going for . .If you could send me message about the details I would really appreciate it! Thank You !

    Lauren Sims
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