Few and Fabulous Weddings
Have you ever heard a bride or groom say their wedding day was a blur? I bet you have, so let us explore why.
Large weddings mean a large venue, which also means a feeling of being lost in the room with so many people around. In some ways, you are going to a performance, and you are the main attraction. With that comes the pressure of performing and hoping nothing goes wrong in front of 200 people. What if someone in the bridal party is late? What if you trip and fall on the way down the aisle? What if the groom does not show? These are all not things that a bride wants to think about, but she does. The bigger the event, the more pressure you will feel and possibly forget your beautiful ceremony.
A smaller venue means that your guests have a more intimate experience with you and your groom. They can be close to hear and see everything and feel they are part of your special day rather than another guest amongst the crowd. At your reception, you will have time to spend with your guests rather than running around to meet and greet 200 people who all want to spend time with you.
Do you have that Pinterest board that is filled with all your wishes for the wedding and then realize you may not be able to afford it with 200 guests? Have you dreamed of a beautiful sit-down dinner with fantastic food and wine? Want peonies for your wedding bouquet but cannot afford it? Fewer people mean more funds to spend on the decorations, food, and wine that you desire. It is your day, and you should not have to penny pinch and have chicken instead of filet mignon or go to Vegas instead of Maui for your honeymoon.
As much as we love our family, they tend to take over the guest list. Your Mom wants to invite her best friend from school, and then there is the Aunt that you have not seen in 10 years, your Dad’s Boss, and the list goes on and on. As much as your family is excited about the wedding, it still is about YOU and the Groom. Talk to your family and explain to them that you desire a small intimate wedding and if they feel the need to have a big party, then have a celebration party another day with all of the guests you want. Because this is not part of the formal ceremony, you can cut some costs and have quality time visiting your guests. Also, you won’t have to worry about all the formal pictures to be taken and all the protocol that comes with a traditional large wedding and reception.
You can take this opportunity to wear the original dress you wore at your ceremony or have fun wearing a casual wedding dress for the night. Have a slide show of your service or video to share with your guest. Maybe choose to have appetizers and drinks to be served and have your reception feel like a party versus a formal gathering. Most of all, have fun and enjoy everyone around you for this memorable time in your life!!
About the author: Milestone Events Group is Northern California’s most experienced Wine Country Wedding Experts & largest event management company providing site selection services to multiple locations throughout Sonoma County. Over the past 6 years Milestone has helped hundreds of couples simplify the venue selection process by providing clarity, predictability and ultimately confidence for clients who work with them to evaluate wineries, ranches, and other locations for their private events.