Lily & Robert
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Wedding Date: July 17, 2010
Number of Guests: 18
Wedding Cost: $5,000
Wedding Ceremony Location: United Church of St. Stephen and St. Paul
Wedding Reception Location: Blomidon Inn
Why did you have an intimate wedding?
We had an intimate wedding as it was much more personal than a large wedding and we could spend more individual time with each guest and vice versa. The atmosphere is more intimate and personal than a large ballroom or hotel setting. Managing the affair was much more easily executed than a large ceremony. A setting that was more like a family and friends get together. Some of our friends commented that they feel that they were our immediate family members unlike a larger wedding where they spend little time with the bride and groom or their family.
What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?
There were really few challenges as we met with everyone involved, from the minister, to the flower folks, to the reception staff as well as where we had the entire group stay leading up to the wedding as well as the wedding night to ensure that everything was in place prior to the big day. Following the meeting of all of these people, we corresponded by email with each depending on the input required. More in-depth emails took place between ourselves and the minister to work out the wedding ceremony, as we wrote and exchanged our own vows and had three separate readings done by our wedding guests. Additionally, we worked with our organist to ensure that the music we wanted was discussed and that we were on the same page leading up to our wedding day. Rehearsal the night before was done without some members, who were in travel status but it gave us a clear idea on how things would unfold the following day. Included in the rehearsal was not only the minister and the organist but the caretaker at the church who ensured that our wedding bows were gathered and packed up prior to leaving the premises to go onto to our photo shoot and ultimately our reception. Additionally hair and make up appointments had also been booked months in advance. Both Robert and I have extensive event planning backgrounds which meant that we knew what the roll out of the day would be and who was responsible for what.
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?
It was not difficult to come up with a guest list as our main objective was to hold the wedding where Robert’s parents did not have to travel too far (they live in Halifax).
What were the highlights of the ceremony?
Highlights of the ceremony were the same as a larger wedding: the bride walking down the aisle of the church, the groom’s reaction to seeing her, reading of the vows, etc.
What were the highlights of the reception?
Highlights of the reception was the cosy atmosphere at the Blomindon Inn and speeches, along with pictures. We had pictures taken with the bride/groom with each set of invited guests and will print copies and provide as gifts back to the guests.
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?
Advice for couples is to have an intimate wedding as it is more personal for both the guests and bride/groom alike.
Wedding Venue:Blomidon Inn
Wedding Photographer: This Is Photography