Small but perfectly formed

1st September 2020

The number of guests you can invite to your wedding may have been reduced due to Covid-19 – but there’s absolutely no need to scale down the style – small weddings are cool – it’s official!

Downsizing your wedding

You may have decided to get engaged during lockdown and now you are planning your ‘new normal’ wedding. Or you may be spending time rethinking and rearranging the plans you made for a wedding which has been put on hold or cancelled.

Whatever your circumstances, you’re going to have to stick to the new government rules until they tell us something different – check out the current advice on exactly what you can and can’t do by going to the official government website:

Small weddings are beautiful

So small weddings are the order of the day now, and for the foreseeable – but not everyone is desperate to have a big white wedding anyway. Small weddings have always been popular, but now more than ever they are getting a lot of publicity, for obvious reasons, as people are having to cut their guest lists down to just their closest friends and family.

With a more intimate guest list, you can focus on creating a totally personal and unforgettable experience for you and your favourite people. You might want to go seriously minimal – elopements are very on trend and are a great option if money is tight but you still want to tie the knot no matter what.

Small wedding budget bonuses

Having a smaller wedding with fewer guests to cater for will have given you back a good chunk of your budget – good news if you or your partner have been juggling your finances during lockdown.

And if you have had to postpone your wedding indefinitely, at least you now have lots more time to plan every aspect of your perfect smaller wedding. You may also be reconsidering that expensive honeymoon abroad while travel restrictions to some parts of the world are in place.

Don’t scale down the style

So you’ve got to go small on the guest numbers but you can still go big on the dress, the wedding shoes, the flowers, the food, the table settings – things may be a bit different at the moment but don’t let that stop you from having the best and most beautiful wedding day possible.

Small wedding venues

Small weddings lend themselves perfectly to more intimate venues. You could have fun finding small but unusual places to hold your wedding ceremony and/or the reception – you could opt for a pretty country pub or a mountain cabin, a beautifully dressed room in a period house or a cosy cottage, a tiny romantic chapel or a bijou back garden, a little river boat or a barge… once you get looking, all sorts of
possibilities will emerge.

Micro-managing weddings

On a personal note, Di and her husband Mark chose to have a small wedding back in 2002 with just 26 guests attending – not quite a ‘micro wedding’ – those are ceremonies which have 20 or fewer guests attending according to the wedding gurus. A wedding with between 20-60 guests is classed as a small wedding.

Oh Happy Day!

The day was a very happy one for Di and she remembers it with huge fondness. She has great memories of being able to enjoy some really special time in the company of her guests, rather than having to rush around madly, trying to chat to loads of guests for a few minutes each, desperately trying not to miss anyone out!

Having a small wedding also meant that she could splash out on the finer details like the flowers, the table settings and gifts for the guests, which all helped to make the day absolutely perfect.

We don’t know when things will change and when guest number restrictions will change or be lifted but we hope your small wedding is as perfect as possible.

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