Intimate Weddings: 5 Reasons to Have a Small Guest List

Posted on Jan 30 2015 - 4:42am by Ceybizlanka

weddingYour wedding is going to be one of the most important events in your life, so it’s natural that you want to invite everyone you know. Just imagine, a venue filled with hundreds of people, who have all gathered together to celebrate this joyous occasion for the two of you. It’s enough to make you wish the day would come even faster.

What most people tend to forget, though, is that big weddings also come with huge planning headaches and expenses. Having more than a hundred or so guests makes your workload much bigger, causing the months leading up to the wedding to be a stress-filled experience.

If you can, it’s better to stick to a smaller guest list. Here’s why.

1. You free up the budget – Needless to say, fewer guests mean you get to spend more on the other parts of the wedding, making the celebration more lavish and impressive than it otherwise would have been. Or you can save the money to help you start your married life on the right foot; money troubles can ruin relationships, after all.

2. It is more intimate – With only the closest friends and family members attending, you have more time to spend with each guest and make them truly feel welcome, comfortable, and appreciated. In big weddings, it is not uncommon at all for some guests to never even get the chance to speak with the bride and groom.

3. Finding a venue is easier – One of the biggest frustrations that spouses-to-be have with planning big weddings is finding a venue big enough to accommodate everyone. While the more popular places like have both large and small function areas, the biggest ones are often in high demand, possibly making it difficult to reserve one for your big day.

4. It will be more memorable – Think of it this way: your guests have probably gone to multiple weddings in the past, and every time it was always some generic gathering with lots of people they neither knew nor cared about. They are much more likely to remember an intimate wedding where everyone had fun.

5. You can relax – This is the big one. Planning for a wedding means making decision after decision, and if you have lots of guests, the pressure can really add up. Make sure that your big day is about you, and you won’t have to run around attending to the needs of everyone else.

The biggest challenge will be deciding who to invite, and this can be incredibly difficult. At worst, you and your partner may end up arguing over who gets to come. It is best to set some ground rules at the very start, and really think about who the people most important to you are.