Suggestions for Planning a Small Wedding
It is no secret that planning a wedding can be a very expensive proposition. As a result, many people are tempted to forgo planning traditional weddings that can run $30,000 or more. Instead, they are simply opting for small and modest weddings. There is nothing written in stone that dictates exactly how to plan a wedding. Your planning is clearly up to you, and that means you can structure your big day in any fashion that you see fit.
Having a small wedding means deciding in the beginning stages that you are going to scale back your wedding arrangements to a more modest level. If you are following the steps on a traditional wedding planning checklist, you may even find that some of the suggested arrangements are no longer necessary. Wedding checklists often presume that you are planning a large expensive wedding, so you can skip or ignore steps that are not within your budget.
First you need to decide how many people you are going to invite to your wedding. This is a key point that will obviously affect every other aspect of your planning. Deciding who is and who is not invited to your wedding needs to be at the very top of your wedding to do list. This means that you must determine who must be invited, as compared to which individuals are (for lack of a better term) a “non-essential invite.”
Remember that planning a wedding can be fun if you approach it from the right perspective. Planning a small wedding opens up the possibility of incorporating a little travel into your plans. Perhaps you are only planning on inviting a handful of close family and friends. If this is the situation, then everyone might be able to accompany you to an exciting travel spot. In this way, you can make your wedding even more memorable. For example, imagine having your wedding on a black sand beach in Hawaii.
Realize in advance that you may have to explain to many friends, acquaintances or even relatives the fact that you are having a small wedding. Most people will understand that you are keeping things low-key in order to save money. Taking a few moments to personally explain to people why you are keeping your wedding small might also be a good idea.
Due to the potentially political nature of weddings, one of the key factors is making sure that no one is offended. By its very definition, having a small wedding means that fewer people are invited. With this in mind, make sure that people understand that your wedding is limited to just a handful of people. This way there will be no hurt feelings and you can enjoy your small, but intimate wedding with no regrets.