Small Weddings

Having a Small Wedding

There's a growing trend towards smaller guest lists. Here are some of the reasons intimate is ultimate....

1. You get to celebrate one of the biggest days of your life surrounded by people who love you. This is one of the best things about having a small wedding.

2. You can feel more relaxed on your wedding day. Because you’ll be surrounded by friends and family, you’ll feel more at home with your guests. Your wedding will feel more like a celebration with close-knit friends and family, than a production.

3. You can save money. You can save thousands of dollars by having an intimate wedding, which means you won’t have to go over your Wedding Budget.

4. 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 get more ‘wow’ for less wallet with a small wedding. When you have got fewer guests, you can splurge on the things that really matter to you. For some that might be an out-of-this world dinner, for others it might be a five-piece jazz band or a designer wedding gown.

5. You have more options when choosing a venue. Since you won’t need a large space to accommodate your guests, many small wedding venues will be open to you. A smaller guest list means more creative venue options like bed and breakfasts, art galleries and restaurants.

6. You have more freedom to customize your wedding to your own tastes. A small wedding gives you the opportunity to get your creative juices flowing and make your unique wedding a reflection of the two of you.

7. You get to spend time with your guests. How many weddings have made you feel 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.

8. You can 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.

9. You can get your guests involved. A small wedding will give you the opportunity to get your loved ones involved in your special day. Also, it’s a lot easier pulling off a DIY wedding with a guest list under 75, than a big scale production.

10. You can have a wedding that people will remember. Because your wedding won’t be typical – the kind your guests have been to over and over again – your wedding is more likely to be remembered.

Carolyn Burke | Officiant | Coordinator 314.821.4844

Save The Date

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Send out Christmas Cards!  You and your fiancĂ© took some beautiful engagement pictures and it is a shame to keep them to yourself.  So why not send out Save-the Date Christmas Cards. Make sure it is OK with your chosen photographer and use one of the quick and easy ways such as SHUTTERFLY, WALGREENS PHOTOS and many others to upload, design, print, and even mail them out!

Save the Date Cards are announcements that inform your guests of your future wedding in order to keep your special day free on their calendar.

Sample of Save the Date

They are essential in the following situations if:
  • Many of your guests are traveling to your wedding
  • Your wedding takes place on or around a holiday
  • You are planning a destination wedding (to St. Louis)
  • Your wedding will take place in a seasonally busy or tourist locale, where the flights and hotels perhaps book up early
Save the Date cards are generally sent at least 4-6 months prior to your wedding.  For seasonally busy or on or around a holiday it is best to send them 9-12 months in advance.  Your guests will then have ample time to make all the necessary arrangements needed to be a part of your special celebration and may even extend it into a vacation of their own.

Use your imagination - Save the Date Cards are not meant to be formal.  There are many design options available.  You can have them match your wedding invitations, post card size, you can add a picture of you and your fiancĂ©, or embellishments to add a personal touch.

Here are some guidelines on what your cards should state:

~  Your names
~  Date of wedding
~  City or town and state of where wedding will take place

Also, because Save the Date Cards are still a recent trend.  Many that have not attended a wedding recently may mistake them for the actual invitation.  Be sure to include something along the lines of, "Invitation to Follow", "Invitation and Details to Follow", "Invitation Will Follow".  This is usually placed at the bottom of the card.

Carolyn Burke | Officiant | Coordinator 314.821.4844

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