Small weddings are a thing right now and not just because they’re easier on the bank account. That’s not to say that small weddings are cheap, but they can definitely be easier on the wallet than a large wedding and reception. 

If you are one of the many couples who are looking to have a small guest list, these small wedding tips are for you! 

Tip #1 - The guest list is yours

It can be tricky to convince mom, dad, and grandma that Aunt Lisa’s cousin doesn’t have to be on your guest list just because she was on theirs twenty years earlier. Make sure that everybody knows from the start that you’re capping your list at a certain number and that you plan on inviting only close friends and family. By stating your intentions early on, others won’t be surprised down the road. 

This is also a good time to decide if you want to allow a “plus one” for your guests. While it is traditional to allow a plus one, it can quickly add to your guest list. 

Tip #2 - Add personality to your special day 

One of the reasons that people break tradition and opt for small wedding gatherings is to add some personality to the celebration. This could mean using sparklers on your cake or at the bride’s entrance. Or it could mean creating a bar themed around the couple’s favorite drinks. The possibilities are endless and only limited by the creativity of the bride and groom. 

Tip #3 - Choose a space that fits the gathering

If your guest list won’t top fifty than you shouldn’t have a hard time finding the perfect venue. An outside ceremony under a canopy of trees before enjoying music and food at your favorite restaurant, perhaps?  Go even smaller with the guest list and rent a party boat for a truly unique, memorable, and intimate wedding reception! 

A small wedding doesn’t mean cutting corners or skimping on costs. It means you’re focusing on truly matters to you and celebrating your special day with those who are closest to you. Have fun with it.