5 reasons why you should skip the big wedding for an intimate affair

5 reasons why you should skip the big wedding for an intimate affair

An intimate wedding may just be the best decision you ever make...

By Lucy Stephens | 2nd April 2015

Weddings can be expensive, not to mention time-consuming when you’re trying to fit in the daily tasks of work, family commitments and heaven forbid – an active social life. Especially if you’re not into over the top wedding ceremonies and 100-plus wedding guests!

Taking this all into account, eloping looks like an attractive (and somewhat logical) option. So if you’re wanting to avoid the hoopla something along the lines of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and avoid disappointing your crazy Aunty Susan, here are some tips on how to host the best intimate wedding, and why it might be the best choice for you.

1) A smaller wedding means more ‘wow’ factor for less. Opting for a smaller wedding allows you to splurge on the bits that are really important to you rather than spreading the funds thin just because you feel like you have a social obligation to invite the new partner of the second cousin you’ve never met. Having fewer than 100 guests means you can splash out on premium wines, a nicer dress or even that live jazz band.

2) Tip: If you’re doing away with tradition by having a smaller wedding, feel free to cut out anything that’s not relevant to you and your partner in the ceremony as well. If a church ceremony isn’t for you, make the most of the beautiful Brisbane weather and get married outside. The days of pomp and ceremony just for the sake of it are gone (and a smaller guest list means less people are likely to mind anyway).

3) A smaller guest list means more time with guests. A common complaint of brides and grooms is that they don’t get to say hello to everyone. If you opt for a cocktail style wedding, this allows guests and yourself to mingle even more. With your small guest list, it’s likely most people will at least know of each other – and if they don’t before the wedding, they soon will.

4) A smaller guest list often means you can have the ceremony and reception at the same venue. This is great for guests who don’t have to find somewhere to bide their time in between. This also allows you to incorporate some other ways to keep guests entertained while you take photos (without spending their whole time propped up at the bar). Think croquet, giant jenga - these are all ideas guests will love, that will also mean having to free up their hands from holding that Champagne/beer/wine in order to play.

5) A smaller wedding means you can get into DIY and really personalise every aspect of your wedding, from theming to wedding invitations. If time’s not on your side, the saved cash means you can enlist the help of a wedding planner to take the stress of the big day out of your hands!

Want some more intimate wedding inspiration? Check out our gallery of our fave secret celeb weddings!

Please note that this post has been sponsored. However, all opinions expressed by the writer are genuine and in their own words.

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Article by Lucy Stephens

Lucy Stephens is a Senior Digital Journalist and Content Strategist at Style Magazines. She's a travel addict, considers gelato an appropriate meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner (salted caramel, preferably), and suffers from a moderate to severe case of FOMO (fear of missing out).


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