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3 Reasons smaller weddings take the cake

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

An intimate "I do"

You may have always dreamed of an extravagant wedding with everyone you’ve ever met in attendance, but don’t discount the merit of a smaller event. There are a few significant advantages to planning your big day — on a smaller scale.
Couple in backyard wedding

They can cut costs

Big weddings often mean big price tags. The more people you invite, the more food and alcohol you need, the bigger the venue has to be — and the bigger the venue, the more you need to spend on decor. So if cost is something that concerns you, you might want to think about scaling back if you can (we know it’s not an option for everyone) and inviting fewer people. You can do this by sticking to just family and close friends and sending a note to all the other people you would have liked to invite, explaining that while you would have loved to share your day with them, costs prohibited you from having a large wedding.

They’re more intimate

A more intimate wedding with fewer guests means that it really becomes a party. You can spend the day hanging out with the people you care about most, not exchanging pleasantries with people you barely know. You can sit with your favorite aunt and actually talk, dance the night away with your BFFs and personally ensure everyone is having a great time because there aren’t 300 people to attend to, just 40 to 50 of your favorites.

You can get more creative

A giant venue means you likely can’t afford to get really creative with how you decorate. The bigger the space, the more generic you have to be. But if you can opt for a smaller venue (which will often have more character anyway), you can really focus on transforming the space to your exact vision. This also applies to food (you can get much more gourmet if you aren’t feeding hundreds), flowers and favors. Smaller weddings really can be advantageous and allow you to have the wedding you’ve always dreamed of.

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