If you’ve ever been married or you plan on getting married someday, it can be intimidating to consider all the planning and finаnсе investment involved. As my husband and I found ourselves doing something we said we’d never do again—planning our own wedding day—we decided to change things up a bit; we went small. Of course, each couple should do what they need to achieve their dream wedding. However, there are definitely perks to keeping things petite. Here are seven of the most significant.
A smaller wedding allows you to spend more time with each other and your loved ones. You get to sit down, relax, and actually eat, too! We had a great time with my bonus daughters and our close friends, reminiscing and laughing over fun times we had shared together while overlooking and enjoying the beauty of the lavender farm where we got married. You don’t feel like you have to be everywhere at once, and you get to savor the moments that mean the most to you.
2. It’s green
With hundreds of guests driving and flying in to attend, the average wedding emits 14.5 tons of CO2. This is remarkable when you realize it takes one person an entire year to emit 12 tons. Mailing a small number of invitations reduces paper waste, and thousands of gallons of water are saved at reception sites; fewer guests mean less dirty dishes to wash.
The average cost of a wedding in the United States is over $26,000. In San Diego, where we were married, the average price is over $36,000, and the spending goes up in urban areas like New York City and Boston! Because we kept things small, our wedding venue and catering costs were less than $900. We were able to take my husband’s kids with us on our honeymoon, purchase a new vehicle, and put money away toward future expenses like the kids’ college educations. The savings go a long way in starting a life together.
4. Less stress
If there is one thing we all need, it is less stress! You don’t have to worry about seating a cranky uncle next to a chatty aunt since you won’t need a seating chart. If you’re a few minutes late, no worries! Snafus aren’t such a big deal, and making it up as you go along is a bit easier when you keep the count to a minimum. With less to keep track of, the focus becomes more on marrying the person you love than fretting over all of the details that go into the day.
5. More venue options
When it comes to a smaller wedding, you have more options when picking a location. You won’t have to be concerned about exceeding the maximum capacity at a venue. Most parks and beaches will also waive required permits or fees for smaller parties, and many reception venues will reduce rental costs since they are incurring less risk to their site.
6. You have more time
Creating your guest list, writing out invitations, and keeping a tally of RSVPs takes up hours of time. Pre-event meetings will be fewer (or not necessary at all), and less keeping track of everything means more free time to look forward to your day.
7. It’s about the two of you
With a big wedding, it can often feel like you’re planning for everyone else instead of for yourselves. Everyone has an opinion, and keeping it small allows you to focus on the opinions that matter most—yours. The emphasis is on you and your vision; no need to worry about having five flower girls so you don’t offend a family member by leaving their child out of the wedding. You actually know everyone, since you call all the shots on the guestlist—no having to invite your second cousin’s on-again, off-again flame. Your food choices and cake flavors are about what you like; no need to please everyone else’s palates. A small wedding means it’s all about the two of you. And that’s just how it should be.
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