The Pros and Cons of a Small Wedding

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While some couples immediately know whether they want a big bash or an intimate celebration for their wedding, others don’t find the decision that easy to make. Are you deciding whether a small wedding is the right choice for you? Here are a few pros and cons you should consider before making the final decision.


The Pros of a Small Wedding

  • You’ll save money and will be able to afford splurging on other aspects of the celebration: Perhaps one of the most obvious benefits is that you’ll (most likely) be saving money! There are less people that need to eat and drink, you need to rent less furniture, and smaller wedding venues are generally less expensive. This money can go towards splurging more on certain aspects of your wedding (like a top-tier caterer or an awesome wedding band), your honeymoon, or simply to savings!
  • You’ll have a more personal experience: A small wedding means you’ll be sharing this special moment with your closest and dearest friends and family. It doesn’t get more personal than that!
  • You’ll be able to spend more time with each guest: Less people to have to mingle with means that you’ll be able to spend more personal time with each of your guests.
  • The planning process will be less stressful: Smaller weddings are generally a bit easier to pull off than larger weddings. There are less RSVPs to track, less tables to decorate, less DIY projects that need to get done…you get the picture. This makes it easier for you to stay a bit more relaxed while planning and during the actual wedding. Planning a wedding is by no means a cake walk, no matter how big or small. However, you’ll probably be less stressed than if you were planning a large wedding.
  • You’ll have more options when it comes to wedding venues: Most wedding venues that can accommodate larger weddings are still able to arrange the event spaces or rent out smaller areas of the property to make it more appropriate for intimate weddings. This means you’ll have more options at your fingertips when it comes to wedding venues.


The Cons of a Small Wedding

  • Putting together the guest list can get tricky: With a smaller wedding, you’re obviously not going to be able to invite every friend, co-worker, or distant relative. This can make creating your guest list a bit of a difficult task, and you may have to deal with hurting some uninvited guests’ feelings. It may also be difficult cutting down the guest list if both sets of parents want to invite friends, which on its own can create tension.
  • You’ll lose the party atmosphere: Of course, this isn’t going to be a con for all couples. However, if you want to dance the night away at your reception, you’re not going to get as much of that energetic buzz with fewer guests. Smaller weddings generally have more of a low-key vibe without much dancing (if there is any at all).
  • You’ll get less wedding gifts: This may seem a little materialistic…but hey, we all love getting gifts! If you invite less guests, you obviously won’t get as many wedding gifts. This probably won’t be a dealbreaker for you, but it’s worth keeping in mind when deciding whether to have a small wedding.


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