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Tips and Tricks Small wedding ceremonies: Advice

'Small wedding' is a relative term, as some consider 'small' to be under 200 people, and for others it’s less than 30!

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The term 'Small wedding' is a relative term, as some consider 'small' to be under 200 people, and for others it’s less than 30! Few or no attendants are also associated with small weddings.

If interested in throwing a small wedding with only close family and friends, these are a few tips for getting the party started:

First and foremost, you’ll want to tell your friends and family about your decision. Some will find the concept of a small ceremony delightful, others may complain or feel left out about no attendants.

This doesn’t mean you have to change your plans, its your wedding after all, but it does help to deal with everyone in a polite and respectful way.

If you know certain friends and family members have been excited about your wedding for a long time, you can find ways to include them in the ceremony and reception while still keeping things on the small side.

These are a few small ceremony suggestions:

  • Give a toast to start the event.

  • Provide friends and family with one flower each and have them line the aisle.

  • Consider having everyone stand for the ceremony in lieu of attendants..

  • Incorporate family or ethnic traditions as desired.

  • Turn your program into a keepsake and include messages to guests.

  • Be your own usher along with your groom.

  • Encourage guests to use entire pages of the guestbook.

Some reception ideas for small weddings also include:

  • Have a wedding “supper” at a restaurant instead of a reception.

  • Have your photographer capture moments with guests, all of them.

  • Have a tour guide show guests to the reception area if it’s in a historic home or inn.

  • Hire an unusual musical performer.

  • Prepare a slide show of photos from childhood up until your meeting.

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