Is a Small Wedding Right for You?

Bigger isn't always better. When it comes to the size of your guest list, sometimes embracing a small wedding is the right choice for you and your groom-to-be. Many couples choose to keep it small and still have an amazing day.

Perks of a Small Wedding

One major benefit of a smaller wedding is the price tag. At the end of the day, if you're feeding and seating fewer people, you'll most likely be saving some money. On the other hand, you may now have wiggle room in your budget to serve your guests a more elegant meal than you could have otherwise afforded. You also may be able to spend that cash on your dream wedding photographer or a custom wedding gown, instead of spending it on 200 rental chairs. If you're embracing a small wedding, it's a lot easier to identify where you want your funds to go, and send them there.

Another plus of a small wedding is that you'll only have the people closest to you by your side on your big day. If you're keeping things on the smaller side, chances are you won't be inviting friends that have only made brief appearances in your lives. Every guest will be intentionally selected, and it will mean a lot to them that they were invited.

A third perk of small weddings is that you'll be able to spend quality time with each guest. If you have a roaring event with 200-plus guests, chances are you'll only be able to say "Hi" to guests before moving on to the next party. However, if you only have 20 or so attendees, you'll be able to have a real conversation with each one.

Hurt Feelings

Of course, sometimes limiting the guest list can be tricky. How can you go about keeping your wedding small without burning any bridges? If you get approached by people with hurt feelings inquiring about why they weren't invited, just tell them honestly and kindly that you're keeping things very small and intimate, but that you're so honored to have them thinking of you on your wedding day. Most people won't push it any further.

Having a small wedding isn't for everyone, but it certainly comes with some perks. Before you go big, remember that sometimes staying small can be worth the risk.