When imagining their wedding, everyone has a unique imagination about what their special day will be like. From the abundance of flowers, to decadent cake and even the monogrammed napkins, every small detail can become a part of the dream. However, if you have always pictured your wedding as being a certain size, you may want to consider having a small, intimate wedding. Instead of going for a big, extravagant evening, these are the 5 reasons that trimming your invite list is a smart move.
1. Friendly to your budget
Weddings are one of the most important days of our lives, and with a big impact comes big spending. With all the details that go into wedding planning, the costs add up and the budget can be quite daunting. According to The Knot, the average cost of a wedding has risen to $31,000! You don’t have to be a penny pincher to see that saving money on your wedding can be a huge help.
Planning a small wedding allows you to significantly cut back your spending to save you money that you can spend on important things like a payment for a new house, fancy honeymoon, or simply more spending on other wedding items. You get to not only reduce the number of wedding invitations you will have to send, but also save time and money on more silverware, meals, chairs, tables, and wedding favors.
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2. Less guests, more gourmet
The money you save from cutting back your guest list can certainly be recirculated into your wedding budget! Just because you’re saving a chunk of money doesn’t mean you have to pocket it; you can use this extra cash to purchase fancier catering, splurge on that extravagant wedding dress, or hire your first choice band. With more wiggle room in your budget, you can make sure that you get every detail you’ve dreamt of (Even that chocolate fondue fountain)! Not to mention, planning a smaller wedding is a breeze: you will have more options in terms of a venue and won’t be limited for space.
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3. Intimate environment
When you cut down your wedding invite list, you get to invite only the people who truly matter to you and with whom you share the closest bonds. Narrowing down your guests will allow you to take the time and consider who you really want to attend your special, intimate day in celebration of your marriage. Chances are you can send invitations to more people you care about, and to less people who you just feel an obligation to invite.
Instead of attending for the party, you will feel reassured to know that the people you invite truly care about you and the celebration of the love you two share. With less people, you can invite guests who bring a good, positive energy and who you know will be an important part of the day and not just showing up for a good time.
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4. More face time, less distractions
Have you ever been to a wedding where you barely got any time to speak with the bride and groom and congratulate them? A bigger guestlist means a higher chance of this happening at your wedding. You should be able to share this meaningful day with everyone you invite. This means that you get to spend more time together rather than sharing a few brief words in passing. Many brides have expressed that this was a big problem at their wedding, and that they wish they had had more time to be able to see everyone. Make sure this isn’t a problem at your wedding, and cut down your guest list so you can spend quality time with the people who mean the most to you.
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5. Avoid getting overwhelmed
As wonderful and exciting as weddings are, they can also be very overwhelming and a lot to handle. A smaller guest list means a more intimate, less chaotic and commotion-filled day with less distractions. Too many guests to entertain can put significant pressure on the bride and groom, making it to easier to feel overwhelmed. With less guests, you can feel at ease, stay in the moment, and experience less drama. You will also be less distracted with the agenda of getting face time with everyone and can feel relaxed with the thought that you greeted all your guests.
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When planning your wedding, you want to make sure you get most of the things on your checklist and don’t have to compromise on many things. Having a smaller wedding can be a very smart idea and can also help you save time and money to focus on other planning aspects that have more importance to you! We hope this article truly helped you consider whether having a small wedding is right for you.