How You Can Make an Intimate Wedding Unforgettable
Are you and your partner thinking of only holding an intimate wedding? You are not alone. Millennials are reported to be increasingly in favor of small weddings for several reasons, including unpaid school loans and increasing costs of living.
Such a mindset is understandable, but it does not mean millennials will pass up the opportunity to make their wedding day one of the best days in their lives. All it takes is to find the optimum trade-off between adhering to long-standing wedding norms that can cost a fortune and plucking out expenditures that do little to no impact on the occasion’s success. If you are on board the practical bus, buckle up and find out how you can still make your wedding day special without breaking the bank:
Inviting the Right People
Be intentional in coming up with your guest list and include only those you genuinely love to be present on your wedding day. It’s a given that your entourage and those who went to your bridal shower should be around, but also make it a point to invite other close friends and family. Also, invite the people you haven’t gotten in touch with for a while but are important people in your life, including childhood friends, a favorite teacher, and your life coach.
On the other hand, you can invite colleagues but don’t be pressured to invite all of them, only those with whom you maintain close relationships outside work. Don’t be obligated to invite all your parents’ friends either. Your parents will understand this, knowing you’re aiming for an intimate celebration.
Choosing the Right Venue
With COVID-19 or none, garden and beach weddings have been a popular wedding venue choice for their effortlessly picturesque quality. When you’re on a tight budget, you will instead set the ceremony and the reception in the same place. Not only can it save you money, but it can also save the attendees time and prevent the hassle of transferring venues. Just make sure that your wedding day isn’t scheduled when a storm is forecasted; if not, have tents prepared on the day.
The fresh air and feel of sand or grass under one’s feet is unbeatable. Dining al fresco can be a pleasure, too. Nature illuminated with patio and other artificial lights can be the luxurious cherry on top you would want in your intimate affair.
Hiring the Right Wedding Coordinator
It is crucial to hire a wedding coordinator in the early stages of your planning. Moreover, you have to find one specializing in small weddings who can make the most out of your budget. The perfect wedding coordinator can refer you to bridal shops where you can find cost-effective dresses. They can find affordable event suppliers, caterers, and venues who can make your dream come true. It would be best to take a look at their prior work if they have an online portfolio to find out if they can match your expectations.
Settling for a coordinator who has only ever worked for grand functions sets you up for a frustrating countdown leading to your wedding day. Although they have your best interest in mind, they are more likely to recommend over-the-top details which won’t match the more laid-back vibe you are aiming for.
Taking the Pressure Off the Entourage’s Shoulders
There are several ways to get a big financial burden off of your and your entourage’s shoulders. One is allowing them to wear anything they want so long as they stick to your wedding motif or theme. The same goes for your bridesmaids and groomsmen, but you can also allow them to wear anything they like provided they agree to wear a matching clothing article like shoes or headpieces.
Another is not pressuring your friends who are in another city or state to attend. They will appreciate a thoughtful gesture. Reassure them that it’s okay if they don’t make it on your wedding day, knowing it’s not practical for them to travel for a one-day affair. Plane tickets alone cost a lot, and every move from the airport costs more.
Skipping Wedding Rituals
Millennials are also willingly ditching some wedding rituals and stick to the basics instead, including the entourage, readings, vow exchange, and the banquet. If anything, outdated practices like keeping the bride and groom from meeting before the wedding day and the infamous garter and bouquet toss only breed inconvenience.
Planning a wedding is stressful in itself, more so because thoughts of wowing your audience will cross your mind one way or another. But, at the end of the day, your closest circle will not remember the missing ice sculpture but the essence of the occasion.