July 2, 2021
The world of weddings have drastically changed this past year, and we’re all for intimate events, redefined. More than ever, we cherish the smallest moments that are so significant to us: each embrace, each exchange with best friends, each word written in the vows. An intimate event is a relaxing affair with people and moments that matter most, where more attention is dedicated to creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for you and your guests.
Besides not having to manage a long guest list, intimate events allow for more meaningful interactions and deeper connection with each guest. The pace of a big wedding day make it more challenging to talk to friends that you may have invited but haven’t talked to in awhile. This is a beautiful way to catch up without the rush of the next big event on the schedule. Your time immediately becomes more fluid to incorporate what you like at the pace that fits you.
Intimate events are more cost-effective if you want to maintain a certain budget, but you also have more flexibility in stretching your budget to personalize the day with details that hold sentimental value. You have more options for locations as well, a place where you had your first date or a favorite spot that you visit. With a smaller guest count, it’s easier to navigate and make adjustments without added stress.
As mentioned above, a smaller guest count means more quality time and genuine interactions with each attendee that you wouldn’t otherwise have with 200 guests, but choosing who to invite can be challenging.
One approach that transfers very well from planning my own wedding is creating an A and B guest list. Your A list should comprise of people who HAVE to be there. Your B list guests are people who you’d like to have and can fill the spots of people who cannot come from your A list once RSVPs come in.
Use your discretion when inviting plus ones, and don’t feel guilty if some don’t make the guest list. When I planned my wedding, our guest list only included people who have directly impacted us and continue to be a part of our lives through the years. You can choose to invite plus ones who are married to your guests or decide to only invite people who have been a big part of your life.
One main tip is to include that it’s an intimate event on your invitations, whether a physical or virtual one, to prevent any misunderstandings on why one person was invited but not the other.
All in all, whether you want a big celebration or a small one, the most important thing is to fill your day with people that matter most, cherished moments, and priceless memories.