Our intimate wedding included 12 guests with a more low-key style. There are so many great reasons to have an intimate wedding. Whether you are looking to decrease your wedding costs OR you want to create an extraordinary, luxurious experience for a select few.
Here are some great pointers for a small and intimate wedding:
1) Put money towards your future (not just one day): you and your fiancé cannot imagine spending thousands of rands on a couple hours when that money can go towards the future you two are building together, such as putting a down payment on a house. If you cannot justify spending money this way, you shouldn’t feel pressured to create an extravagant event, especially if a more intimate one suits your personalities even more.
2) Make it a personal reflection (with a unique venue): what better way to showcase your personality as a couple that to choose a unique venue to match. Everything from an empty swimming pool, art museum, tennis court, greenhouse, artisan factories, treehouse, sailboat, antique house, café, and even your home. Many of these unusual venues will probably also not cost as much, since they are not traditionally marketed for weddings with the typical markup that’s associated.
3) Aim for intimacy (& more attention to your guests): Create more memories with your guests, and offer them a personal experience you cannot get with larger weddings. Adding personalized details also becomes more manageable when you’re creating them for a few.
4) Make it manageable (you already have a job, after all): Couples today have many responsibilities to juggle—work, school, social obligations. Wedding planning is a job in and of itself, and every vendor involved will required individual attention and meetings. If you don’t want to take on another job, but do not want to hire a planner, opt for a simpler wedding that doesn’t require nearly as much planning. The intimate wedding also comes across as much more romantic and spontaneous!
5) Make it a surprise: speaking of romantic and spontaneous, why not invite friends and family over for a party and surprise them with a ceremony? The advantages of a surprise, intimate wedding are many: “from avoiding everything from drawn-out planning to making sure friends and family do not stress out about gifts, dress codes or other traditional wedding flash points.”
6) Make it a family affair: The two of you may have families which combined are large enough to fill an entire guest list. Or perhaps, when you envisioned your dream day, you saw yourself being surrounded just by your closest friends and loved ones. A small garden wedding in the backyard of your family home or in a lovely outdoor locale would be a great match for an intimate gathering.
Our wedding day was everything i imagined. Small, intimate and personal. No fuss and no stress, yet magical. What a blessing to have been able to share our very personal day with our dearest parents and grandparents. Absolute Bliss!