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Small and intimate

Is planning a huge wedding making you crazy? Why not have a small wedding instead? Christina Friedrichsen offers these 10 reasons to plan an intimate wedding.

Small and intimate

Celebrate with the people who love you

Of the nearly 100 couples I interviewed for my book, almost everyone said this was definitely one of the best things about having a small wedding.


Be relaxed

Because you'll be surrounded by friends and family, you'll feel more at home with your guests.

Save money

You can save thousands of dollars by having an intimate wedding, which means your nuptials won't have to put you in debt.

You can splurge

Some couples choose a small guest list not necessarily because their budgets are small, but because they can pull out all the stops and have a truly lavish wedding.

You have more options

Since you won't need a large space to accommodate your guests, many doors will be open to you. Finding a venue will be easy and hassel-free. 

You can customize

A small wedding gives you the opportunity to get your creative juices flowing and make your wedding a unique reflection of the two of you.

Spend time with your guests

How many weddings have made you fell like a stranger fulfilling a social obligation? Small weddings aren't like that. When the guest list is small, the bride and groom can spend time with each of their guests, making them feel welcome.

Make your guests feel at home

Because you will be able to spend at least some time with your guests, they will feel more at home at your wedding. Also, when the guest list is small, guests will have a better opportunity to mingle with most of the others. Chances are that many of your guests will know one another.

You can get your guests involved

A small wedding will give you the opportunity to get your loved ones involved in your special day. You can have more family and friends invlved in the wedding, if not all depending on how small your wedding will be!

Have a memorable wedding

Because your wedding won't be typical -- the kind your guests have been to over and over again -- your wedding will be more likely to be remembered.

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