With the latest Covid-19 restrictions, couples everywhere may be in a bit of a quandary about how to proceed with their wedding plans.
Your guest list may be smaller than you’d originally planned, but that’s no reason to postpone this very special occasion. With the right planning, intimate weddings can be momentous.
Here we reveal the five steps you should take to plan a wedding on a smaller scale but keep the celebration just as big as it should be.
1. Personalise every part
With guest numbers down, you can dedicate more of your wedding budget to personalisation. Every wedding should pay homage to the couple at its centre, and with more money to play with you can truly make it your own.
Your wedding stationery, registry, venue, vendors, welcome bags, décor, flowers, outfits, and even your wedding party can all be given a unique hit of ‘you’ to ensure there’s no mistaking whose wedding it is!
Find 37 ways to personalise your wedding right here.
2. Give back to your guests
Personalising your wedding favours is another great idea for creating a very special occasion for you, your partner and the select few chosen to be a part of your wedding day. North-West Brides details how to give back to your VIPs:
“When you’re deciding on the favours you will give your guests, try to make it something personal to you and your partner.
One example is a couple who kept bees, they made up lots of little fresh pots of delicious local honey for everybody. It says something about their personality as well as being a delicious gift for their guests to enjoy when they get home.”
3. Let everyone toast you
We’re in a unique situation with restricted guest numbers meaning marrying couples can only choose a selection of those closest to them to spend their special day with, so why not make it count?
Take the pressure off the best man’s speech, by giving every wedding guest the chance to toast you. They’ll be a reason why each and every one of your guests made the cut so allow them to show their gratitude and offer insight into your special relationship with them.
Each toast doesn’t have to be a sprawling speech, it can simply be a story, a favourite memory, or a piece of advice about marriage.
4. Splurge in the right places
Put the funds you saved by reducing your guest list to good use by splurging, but do so wisely. Enhance your evening by indulging yourself in what you love.
This could be a love of live music, which makes hiring a great band, quartet or pianist a great investment. Or perhaps fashion is your thing, which means you have every right to say “yes” to that one-of-a-kind designer wedding dress.
One thing we would recommend splurging on is a great photographer and videographer. With their professional help, you can document every moment and share your big day with loved ones who couldn’t be there to celebrate with you.
5. Indulge in a beautiful venue
There’s no point splashing out on the things you adore if you don’t have a stunning setting to complement your luxury look and feel. Your wedding venue will take centre stage so be sure to choose a place with real wow factor.
Whether you’re planning an intimate winter wedding or a small scale summer soiree, our beautiful 18th-century Italian renaissance-style country mansion is the perfect place to say “I do”. But don’t just take our word for it, come see for yourself! Book your Covid-secure viewing today.