Small group wedding: 10 reasons to let yourself be tempted

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Why choose a small group wedding? This is the question we will try to answer in this article. In the introduction I will start with the other possible choice which is that of the big celebration in order to review why it is a popular option. But you can click on the links below and go directly to the advantages of a “small” celebration, you discover that they can also be disadvantages… But I say too much already…


Couple with hands clasped

"Let the whole kingdom know, my son is getting married!" "

Yes, because for many a wedding is a magical moment. Some little girls dream of wearing this beautiful princess dress or this traditional outfit to advance to the altar. But also the pride and emotion of a large number of dads to be present for their child under the eyes of the guests ...

I'm sure you can imagine the scene very well…

Because the option of a large marriage without being excessive is the most common. And this in the majority of the countries of the world. The grand ceremony is also often the most appreciated by the family of the groom (s). This is an opportunity to meet for celebrate a happy event and very often one of the few in which distance will become a surmountable obstacle.

It may seem obvious but choosing a big celebration is also and above all making the choice to invite more people. Like allowing a colleague to be accompanied by his wife and children. Or even to invite the professor of the college without whom we would never have registered for the Latin course which led to the meeting with the chosen one of his heart….

It is also sometimes an opportunity to reconnect, to put aside old quarrels, taking advantage of the emotion of the moment. Or send a message such as “We don't see each other often but I don't forget you”.

Some people also like the idea of having a big wedding because it socially conveys a certain message, it seems. It is in any case the return that was made several times during the exchanges that allowed the writing of this article.

However this may have been almost obvious so far, many of these days bride and groom are considering or are tempted by a small wedding. Let's find out some of the reasons.

The place of the ceremony

Have you ever tried to find a room that can accommodate 300 people at a price that goes down during the "wedding period"? Well from what I know, it is not simple at all and it is better to go far in advance.

We are talking about prices yes, but not only. It is also about the area, and the setting. For your wedding, perhaps you would like a more original place than this town hall where the unions of your two landing neighbors were celebrated ... And depending on your number of guests, you will have to juggle the capacity. Or not…

Choose a intimate celebration it is to offer a great variety in the choice of the place where you intend to say "yes".

You may not have thought of it before, but if you are looking for an unusual place to celebrate your union, you should take a look at the site Airbnb. During my research I came across this article from the very famous site Huffpost. In the latter are presented 16 residences available on Airbnb and recommended as a place for a reception and or wedding ceremony.

For my part although I never stayed there, I was seduced by this villa in Bali. Of course, just like in a classic reception hall, it is advisable to go there before making the final decision to plan such an important event.

Idea place for a small group wedding - Villa in Bali

Kill two birds with one stone.

You've probably already understood the message hidden in the title is of course to unite at the place of your honeymoon. Besides, if a marriage abroad is an idea that speaks to you I am sure you had already thought about it.

If it has to be done at the other end of the world not sure that your 300 guests will respond. In that case the small committee seems to be the obvious choice.

Imagine, the fine sand, the sound of the waves ... For having attended a wedding on a beach in Cancun, Mexico, I can assure you that it is something.

The general organization of the event

Let's talk a little bit about the organization, and by that I mean everything that happens before D-Day. This is an important aspect in choosing between a intimate union or a big celebration.

Because first of all as we have already mentioned the choice and availability of places will not be the same. Then for other aspects related to the number of people present, such as the caterer, this is likely to weigh in the balance.

And then each guest brings a lot of work in organizing a wedding. Check the contacts ... Send the announcements ... Wait for everyone's feedback on their arrival, their unavailability as well as the accompanying persons ... Start the table plans while thinking not to put your colleague next to your cousin's new wife, his ex ...

By the way, the longer it takes for the organization to be finalized, the more it risks being a source of stress. And whatever the size of the event and the number of guests. However if you are only a handful it can be a formality quickly completed. Without neglecting the moment of course.

While reading this passage a friend said to me "I hadn't thought about all that but it is decided for me it will be a small wedding". Ah that I replied "Make sure to be very careful to find a photographer in this case". Because yes although it is a question of benefits of small group marriage, this can also present some difficulties.

Some providers such as photographers or caterers tend to favor large celebrations. Between you and me it is partly linked to the financial aspect. But also because often what is advertised as a small ceremony is not that much or represents as much work as a big one.

Wedding budget

It is quite easy to find less mouth to feed and less space required, therefore less expense.

In general, an intimate wedding will cost you less than a big celebration, but it will also depend on your choices and your organization. For example, not waiting until the last minute ...

Don't get me wrong, being 10 at a wedding doesn't mean spending any money. Exchange wishes in front of a sunset in front of the majestic Sofitel Tahiti. It's beautiful and it comes at a price! But it is also and above all much more original than the village hall of the town hall.

For the record, I knew a couple who had to postpone a wedding date because of a tragic event when they were just beginning to calculate their wedding budget. And who decided a few weeks after hearing the news to change plans. They opt for theelopement, which can be compared to the style of very intimate wedding which we'll talk about a little bit below. The ceremony was certainly less expensive. But a good part of their initial budget was spent to make this moment unique and personal.

The luxury of being able to "forget" a guest

Perhaps you have already thought during the organization of an event: "Have I thought of everyone?" And in particular this or that person in particular. Or this cousin and this friend that you almost feel obliged to invite because you have already invited so and so.

Well, you can imagine, but the more guests there are, the more likely the one who is not to be angry with you… Even if it was not intentional.

Rejoice when your guest list is less than 30 people, or when it stops with your parents and witnesses, the question does not even arise.

There is little chance that we will blame you in this scenario. However, you may feel remorse. Or not…

Ah yes, I forgot. Although it is not invited think of your photographer all the same. It would be a shame not to capture the moment.

The time given to each

Moment of intimacy between a bride and her bridesmaids

Remember that each person present at your wedding will certainly have made the trip to share this special moment with you. It will therefore be “your duty” to give each guest a moment. And the bigger the list, the more difficult the exercise will be.

But on the other hand, when you have a more or less substantial number of guests you can also offer yourself the luxury of becoming invisible. They will be able to interact with each other without constantly wondering where you are.

Small group wedding gives you the opportunity to really spend time with your guests. These people you surely sorted according to the esteem that you have of them and who answered "Present". And then it can continue with a stay with friends. One stone, three blows… It's up to you to choose the destination well.

Small group wedding = Fewer smartphones

Why does a small group wedding have certain advantages? As a wedding photographer I would say because it means that he will have fewer laptops.

In our time when mobiles are optimized to produce beautiful images, nobody is deprived of taking tons of them. And this without worrying about the type loaded with all his photo material who seeks an angle, an emotion, a look…

The irony in all this is that this person hired to immortalize a special moment, must now make his way among those who feed stories and ephemeral galleries.

"Oops I was in front of you?" "And hop, an enlargement of a grandmother with tears in her eye that will not see the light of day ...

So certainly I will be told that the requests for paper prints and wedding albums are falling. But even so. This is why a celebration gathering few guests can be of certain interest for your photographer. In some cases this allows him to be better identified by the guests. To facilitate exchanges, instructions, to be able to put sometimes tense subjects at ease, and not to miss anyone.

You will understand this "advantage" is close to my heart. To the point that I mention it in the guide "How to ruin your wedding photos. But let's continue, we have two points left to address.

When facing fear is inconceivable

As mentioned above getting married is somewhere being the star of the day. The one to whom all eyes will be turned.

It is sometimes one of the few times that some will speak before an assembly. You will understand by saying that I think of the exchange of vows and other possible speech during the event.

Marriage itself can quickly become a source of stress. And this as well in its preparation, as when exchanging alliances. So much so that spouses have the wrong hands or fingers, even though they have played this scene in their heads hundreds of times.

Yes indeed it is lived. Seen and reviewed but I never get tired of it ^ _ ^.

But more seriously. Although these little mistakes can cause little smiles when you think about it. There are people for whom standing in the middle of a crowd is impossible. And for whom being the center of attention causes panic attacks. It does not mean that they are not entitled to their moment of happiness. A intimate ceremony is more suitable. Or even a wedding in a very small committee as is'elopement.

Welcome of the bride and groom during the wine of honor

What is development?

Indeed what is the development of which I speak to you for a few paragraphs already? In fact it is an English term which can be translated by " romantic fugue ".

You have surely already seen a film or a series or 2 people decide to get married on a whim in a small chapel in Las Vegas? Well for short this is development. The only difference is that you don't have to do this in Vegas.

It may happen that one of the points mentioned above is at the origin of this choice. Or other factors such as family tensions, the difficulty of agreeing on the details of the celebration etc ... But for some couples there are no hidden reasons to find there.

It is a way of getting married that is very popular in certain areas of the world. A trend which is that get married in a very small committee . Even with someone you know, a couple, an officiant, a witness ...

A very intimate wedding, where the presence of one person is essential…

How to announce a small group wedding?

No speech model to offer but be as transparent as possible. Try to avoid the half measure. Decide between small committee and large marriage from the beginning of the organization. Having a clear idea makes it easier to express it.

Although development has been referred to as an almost secret marriage, I do not recommend that you retain it as such. Secrets don't last. Especially in our times where the most private information can end up on networks….

But remember one thing, it's your marriage, not that of your entire family. It's a unique day in your life, sometimes even a new start. And it's up to you to share it with the greatest number or a limited selection of people who matter to you.

And even if you decide to entrust the organization to a wedding planner, this is your day. The important thing is that you can take full advantage of it.

Remember that your D-day will be like no other.

PS: If the heart tells you, describe your ideal wedding in the comments below. It is always a pleasure to know your vision of this special moment.

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