Making a small wedding extra special: Part 2 - The Content
In last week’s blog my 5 tips for creating a wonderful and intimate small wedding were design focused. Ways that you could make the wedding look and feel special and intimate. This week my tips will be more about the content of the celebration.
Tip 6 – Food and Drink!
This is an important part of the day. The meal is the time where guests get to meet, where they listen to speeches and they bond over their relationship to you the bride and groom. It is an opportunity for you to put your stamp on the day, so choose food and drink that you love.
For small weddings, if the budget allows, you can make choices (that caterers might not be able to replicate on mass) that will be more personal and impressive. For example, individual tiered cakes and bespoke personalised cocktails. To add to guest bonding and creating an intimate feel you can also go for sharing platters, dessert stations or even making smores around a firepit. (In the current situation sharing platters and stations may need to be adapted but talk to your caterers about how they can do this for you).
My next tip for creating a memorable small wedding is entertainment. Live music isn’t just for large weddings, in fact the right choice of musicians can be the perfect addition to a small wedding. What quicker way of creating a wonderful atmosphere?! Consider other forms of entertainment that you enjoy as a couple, whether that be giant outdoor games, fireworks, there are so many options available, but it can create a more unique and memorable experience.
My 8th tip is to tweak but not forget traditions. Wedding traditions aren’t for everyone, but if they are for you, I recommend keeping them, even if your celebration is small. You can tweak them – so you may want to go for more informal toasts rather than full speeches for example. Having a wedding cake (even if smaller) and cutting it together, having a first moment together in front of your guests whether that be in dance form or not, all adds to the intimacy of the occasion and creates those long lasting memories for yourselves and your guests.
Tip 9 for making a small wedding a wonderful intimate occasion is to bring the personal touch with wedding welcome bags. With a smaller wedding you are often able to spend some budget on these extra details. If you are having a weekend wedding you can give guests a gift bag on the first day of celebrations (ideally left in their hotel room for arrival). This can be full of a variety of items from food and drink to survival kits and games. It is a chance to add your personality, the personal touch, bringing you closer to your guests.
If you’re not having a weekend wedding but you like this idea, you can make a smaller version for guests on arrival to your wedding reception. It could include a few items that they can make use of during the party (an alcoholic tipple, their personalised favour, selfie props etc).
My final tip for your small wedding is an important one! Just because your wedding may be smaller (by choice or due to current circumstances) you should still invest in a great photographer. Not only do they document the day and give you something to remember forever, but they capture moments that would otherwise go underappreciated. They see what others don’t and the addition of such images gives you something incredible to look back on, to see moments you may not have even witnessed yourself, as if you were reliving the day.