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The 14 Most Stressful Parts of Planning a Wedding

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Wedding planning may sound like fun, but in reality it’s much more challenging than you could ever imagine

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The most challenging part of planning your wedding will be staying within your budget.

The moment you get engaged to your future spouse is magical. Almost immediately after you’ve said “Yes,” you start mentally planning and picturing your wedding day. The elegant wedding dress, the stunning venue, the extravagant cake, and the romantic first dance all start flashing through your mind: Your dream day is soon going to come true. However, when you sit down and start really trying to plan your wedding day, you’ll realize that this is going to be much more stressful than you had previously assumed.

The 14 Most Stressful Parts of Planning a Wedding (Slideshow)

The most stressful parts of wedding planning aren’t finding the venue or selecting the flowers for your bouquet. Those are the easy parts, as long you manage to keep them within your budget. That budget will soon become one of the most imposing, irritating parts of wedding planning. You probably have a clear image in your head of how your day should be, but when you try seeking out your dream dress, menu, band or DJ, chairs, invitations, and bouquet, you’ll realize that this Pinterest-perfect day is only feasible if you win the lottery beforehand.

Not only will your wedding use up every last cent you have in your savings account, it’s also going to put stress on the most important relationships in your life, including the bond between you and your fiancé. There will be lots of arguing, which will ultimately strengthen your relationship (even if it doesn’t feel like that’s the case at the time), so you need to learn to argue carefully and kindly. It’s only worth fighting about a detail of your wedding day if it’s an element you feel incredibly strongly about, and you will need to learn to compromise. Your in-laws will also try to get involved with their own suggestions, requests, and thoughts: You need to listen to them, nod politely, and then do with that advice what you will. This is your big day so do as you wish, but you don’t want to fall out with the in-laws before you’ve officially become part of the family.

Take a deep breath, put everything into perspective, and be prepared to be completely stressed-out. Wedding planning isn’t easy, it isn’t always fun, but we promise all the hard work will pay off in the end.


10 Fun Ideas for the Small Wedding of Your Dreams

Photo by Anna Gomes

Small extended families? Low budget? A desire for an intimate day? Your wedding doesn’t have to be huge to be a blast! Here are 10 fun ideas to make your small wedding a unique party that still has flair.

1. Think about a destination wedding.

Destination weddings by their nature tend to be smaller, as fewer guests are able to make the journey. If there’s a Caribbean island you’ve always dreamed of visiting, consider making the trek for the most important day of your life! Invite friends and family to show up a few days early, so you can have an extended vacation with those you love the most.

Photo by IQ Photo Studio

2. Not a frilly white dress girl? Head to City Hall with your fiancé before throwing a brunch for your immediate families.

Casual, down-to-earth, and intimate—while saving a ton of cash and stress! Bring a wedding photographer to City Hall to make sure you get the moment you become man and wife captured, and wear a casual white dress from ModCloth or Anthropologie.

Photo by Jasmine Rose Photography

3. Thanks to Pinterest, shabby-chic backyard weddings have never been easier.

Have a family member man the grill and make backyard games like cornhole or badminton available for guests. Just make sure to give your neighbors a courtesy call first!

Photo by Mario Colli Photography

4. Hire a food truck instead of a caterer for your small wedding.

Food trucks are a cool, modern twist on a traditional wedding meal but are often unable to handle huge weddings. Is there a local favorite you know your guests love? Or a truck you and your groom used to visit in college? All the better! You can even work together with the food truck owner to see if you can create a specialty menu for the night.

Photo by Coppersmith Photography

5. Group pictures are seemingly impossible with larger weddings, but a photographer can easily fit ALL your guests into a photo if you have less than 100 people.

Put a group picture on your “must-have” list—you’ll love looking at the photo years down the road and remembering who was there on your big day.

Photo by Elizabeth Burgi Photography

6. Have a potluck meal.

If your wedding is super small—like, family only—a potluck dinner could be a fun way to have casual dining on a very low budget. If your grandmother’s red velvet cake makes you swoon, or your aunt has a mashed potatoes recipe you crave every Christmas, this can be a great way to make your small wedding meal more meaningful.

Photo by Rose Colored Photography

7. Consider out-of-the-box wedding venues.

Does your favorite brewery or local aquarium host wedding receptions? Maybe not typically, but if you’re wedding is small enough, they may be open to the idea. One major perk of a small wedding is that you don’t need a ton of space, so places that aren’t usually thought of as “wedding venues” may make for a unique, fun atmosphere. Having your wedding at a non-traditional location will help make it an amazing memory for you and your guests alike.

Photo by j. woodberry

8) Skip the band and just create a wedding playlist.

With a smaller wedding, it’ll be easy to add the favorite song of every guest! Include a line on your RSVPs asking for wedding song requests so each guest can enjoy a tune they love. If you really want live music, make sure your band takes requests.

9) Go camping!

Guests can all reserve campsites near each other, and you can have s’mores in lieu of wedding cake. Most campgrounds have park shelters that can be rented out for events. The morning after, you can enjoy a hike or a trip to the beach and relive the funniest moments of the wedding. If guests aren’t into sleeping in tents, make sure you select a campground with a hotel nearby.

Photo by Arte De Vie

10) If you love the idea of a really small wedding, have you ever thought of eloping?

It doesn’t get smaller than elopement! Eloping doesn’t have to mean running away to Las Vegas and getting hitched by an Elvis impersonator. Consider heading to Paris or another romantic locale—without the usual trappings of a wedding, there will be plenty of money available for travel! Bring along your best friends or parents to be your officiant and witnesses, and then throw a casual party once you’ve returned.


10 Fun Ideas for the Small Wedding of Your Dreams

Photo by Anna Gomes

Small extended families? Low budget? A desire for an intimate day? Your wedding doesn’t have to be huge to be a blast! Here are 10 fun ideas to make your small wedding a unique party that still has flair.

1. Think about a destination wedding.

Destination weddings by their nature tend to be smaller, as fewer guests are able to make the journey. If there’s a Caribbean island you’ve always dreamed of visiting, consider making the trek for the most important day of your life! Invite friends and family to show up a few days early, so you can have an extended vacation with those you love the most.

Photo by IQ Photo Studio

2. Not a frilly white dress girl? Head to City Hall with your fiancé before throwing a brunch for your immediate families.

Casual, down-to-earth, and intimate—while saving a ton of cash and stress! Bring a wedding photographer to City Hall to make sure you get the moment you become man and wife captured, and wear a casual white dress from ModCloth or Anthropologie.

Photo by Jasmine Rose Photography

3. Thanks to Pinterest, shabby-chic backyard weddings have never been easier.

Have a family member man the grill and make backyard games like cornhole or badminton available for guests. Just make sure to give your neighbors a courtesy call first!

Photo by Mario Colli Photography

4. Hire a food truck instead of a caterer for your small wedding.

Food trucks are a cool, modern twist on a traditional wedding meal but are often unable to handle huge weddings. Is there a local favorite you know your guests love? Or a truck you and your groom used to visit in college? All the better! You can even work together with the food truck owner to see if you can create a specialty menu for the night.

Photo by Coppersmith Photography

5. Group pictures are seemingly impossible with larger weddings, but a photographer can easily fit ALL your guests into a photo if you have less than 100 people.

Put a group picture on your “must-have” list—you’ll love looking at the photo years down the road and remembering who was there on your big day.

Photo by Elizabeth Burgi Photography

6. Have a potluck meal.

If your wedding is super small—like, family only—a potluck dinner could be a fun way to have casual dining on a very low budget. If your grandmother’s red velvet cake makes you swoon, or your aunt has a mashed potatoes recipe you crave every Christmas, this can be a great way to make your small wedding meal more meaningful.

Photo by Rose Colored Photography

7. Consider out-of-the-box wedding venues.

Does your favorite brewery or local aquarium host wedding receptions? Maybe not typically, but if you’re wedding is small enough, they may be open to the idea. One major perk of a small wedding is that you don’t need a ton of space, so places that aren’t usually thought of as “wedding venues” may make for a unique, fun atmosphere. Having your wedding at a non-traditional location will help make it an amazing memory for you and your guests alike.

Photo by j. woodberry

8) Skip the band and just create a wedding playlist.

With a smaller wedding, it’ll be easy to add the favorite song of every guest! Include a line on your RSVPs asking for wedding song requests so each guest can enjoy a tune they love. If you really want live music, make sure your band takes requests.

9) Go camping!

Guests can all reserve campsites near each other, and you can have s’mores in lieu of wedding cake. Most campgrounds have park shelters that can be rented out for events. The morning after, you can enjoy a hike or a trip to the beach and relive the funniest moments of the wedding. If guests aren’t into sleeping in tents, make sure you select a campground with a hotel nearby.

Photo by Arte De Vie

10) If you love the idea of a really small wedding, have you ever thought of eloping?

It doesn’t get smaller than elopement! Eloping doesn’t have to mean running away to Las Vegas and getting hitched by an Elvis impersonator. Consider heading to Paris or another romantic locale—without the usual trappings of a wedding, there will be plenty of money available for travel! Bring along your best friends or parents to be your officiant and witnesses, and then throw a casual party once you’ve returned.


10 Fun Ideas for the Small Wedding of Your Dreams

Photo by Anna Gomes

Small extended families? Low budget? A desire for an intimate day? Your wedding doesn’t have to be huge to be a blast! Here are 10 fun ideas to make your small wedding a unique party that still has flair.

1. Think about a destination wedding.

Destination weddings by their nature tend to be smaller, as fewer guests are able to make the journey. If there’s a Caribbean island you’ve always dreamed of visiting, consider making the trek for the most important day of your life! Invite friends and family to show up a few days early, so you can have an extended vacation with those you love the most.

Photo by IQ Photo Studio

2. Not a frilly white dress girl? Head to City Hall with your fiancé before throwing a brunch for your immediate families.

Casual, down-to-earth, and intimate—while saving a ton of cash and stress! Bring a wedding photographer to City Hall to make sure you get the moment you become man and wife captured, and wear a casual white dress from ModCloth or Anthropologie.

Photo by Jasmine Rose Photography

3. Thanks to Pinterest, shabby-chic backyard weddings have never been easier.

Have a family member man the grill and make backyard games like cornhole or badminton available for guests. Just make sure to give your neighbors a courtesy call first!

Photo by Mario Colli Photography

4. Hire a food truck instead of a caterer for your small wedding.

Food trucks are a cool, modern twist on a traditional wedding meal but are often unable to handle huge weddings. Is there a local favorite you know your guests love? Or a truck you and your groom used to visit in college? All the better! You can even work together with the food truck owner to see if you can create a specialty menu for the night.

Photo by Coppersmith Photography

5. Group pictures are seemingly impossible with larger weddings, but a photographer can easily fit ALL your guests into a photo if you have less than 100 people.

Put a group picture on your “must-have” list—you’ll love looking at the photo years down the road and remembering who was there on your big day.

Photo by Elizabeth Burgi Photography

6. Have a potluck meal.

If your wedding is super small—like, family only—a potluck dinner could be a fun way to have casual dining on a very low budget. If your grandmother’s red velvet cake makes you swoon, or your aunt has a mashed potatoes recipe you crave every Christmas, this can be a great way to make your small wedding meal more meaningful.

Photo by Rose Colored Photography

7. Consider out-of-the-box wedding venues.

Does your favorite brewery or local aquarium host wedding receptions? Maybe not typically, but if you’re wedding is small enough, they may be open to the idea. One major perk of a small wedding is that you don’t need a ton of space, so places that aren’t usually thought of as “wedding venues” may make for a unique, fun atmosphere. Having your wedding at a non-traditional location will help make it an amazing memory for you and your guests alike.

Photo by j. woodberry

8) Skip the band and just create a wedding playlist.

With a smaller wedding, it’ll be easy to add the favorite song of every guest! Include a line on your RSVPs asking for wedding song requests so each guest can enjoy a tune they love. If you really want live music, make sure your band takes requests.

9) Go camping!

Guests can all reserve campsites near each other, and you can have s’mores in lieu of wedding cake. Most campgrounds have park shelters that can be rented out for events. The morning after, you can enjoy a hike or a trip to the beach and relive the funniest moments of the wedding. If guests aren’t into sleeping in tents, make sure you select a campground with a hotel nearby.

Photo by Arte De Vie

10) If you love the idea of a really small wedding, have you ever thought of eloping?

It doesn’t get smaller than elopement! Eloping doesn’t have to mean running away to Las Vegas and getting hitched by an Elvis impersonator. Consider heading to Paris or another romantic locale—without the usual trappings of a wedding, there will be plenty of money available for travel! Bring along your best friends or parents to be your officiant and witnesses, and then throw a casual party once you’ve returned.


10 Fun Ideas for the Small Wedding of Your Dreams

Photo by Anna Gomes

Small extended families? Low budget? A desire for an intimate day? Your wedding doesn’t have to be huge to be a blast! Here are 10 fun ideas to make your small wedding a unique party that still has flair.

1. Think about a destination wedding.

Destination weddings by their nature tend to be smaller, as fewer guests are able to make the journey. If there’s a Caribbean island you’ve always dreamed of visiting, consider making the trek for the most important day of your life! Invite friends and family to show up a few days early, so you can have an extended vacation with those you love the most.

Photo by IQ Photo Studio

2. Not a frilly white dress girl? Head to City Hall with your fiancé before throwing a brunch for your immediate families.

Casual, down-to-earth, and intimate—while saving a ton of cash and stress! Bring a wedding photographer to City Hall to make sure you get the moment you become man and wife captured, and wear a casual white dress from ModCloth or Anthropologie.

Photo by Jasmine Rose Photography

3. Thanks to Pinterest, shabby-chic backyard weddings have never been easier.

Have a family member man the grill and make backyard games like cornhole or badminton available for guests. Just make sure to give your neighbors a courtesy call first!

Photo by Mario Colli Photography

4. Hire a food truck instead of a caterer for your small wedding.

Food trucks are a cool, modern twist on a traditional wedding meal but are often unable to handle huge weddings. Is there a local favorite you know your guests love? Or a truck you and your groom used to visit in college? All the better! You can even work together with the food truck owner to see if you can create a specialty menu for the night.

Photo by Coppersmith Photography

5. Group pictures are seemingly impossible with larger weddings, but a photographer can easily fit ALL your guests into a photo if you have less than 100 people.

Put a group picture on your “must-have” list—you’ll love looking at the photo years down the road and remembering who was there on your big day.

Photo by Elizabeth Burgi Photography

6. Have a potluck meal.

If your wedding is super small—like, family only—a potluck dinner could be a fun way to have casual dining on a very low budget. If your grandmother’s red velvet cake makes you swoon, or your aunt has a mashed potatoes recipe you crave every Christmas, this can be a great way to make your small wedding meal more meaningful.

Photo by Rose Colored Photography

7. Consider out-of-the-box wedding venues.

Does your favorite brewery or local aquarium host wedding receptions? Maybe not typically, but if you’re wedding is small enough, they may be open to the idea. One major perk of a small wedding is that you don’t need a ton of space, so places that aren’t usually thought of as “wedding venues” may make for a unique, fun atmosphere. Having your wedding at a non-traditional location will help make it an amazing memory for you and your guests alike.

Photo by j. woodberry

8) Skip the band and just create a wedding playlist.

With a smaller wedding, it’ll be easy to add the favorite song of every guest! Include a line on your RSVPs asking for wedding song requests so each guest can enjoy a tune they love. If you really want live music, make sure your band takes requests.

9) Go camping!

Guests can all reserve campsites near each other, and you can have s’mores in lieu of wedding cake. Most campgrounds have park shelters that can be rented out for events. The morning after, you can enjoy a hike or a trip to the beach and relive the funniest moments of the wedding. If guests aren’t into sleeping in tents, make sure you select a campground with a hotel nearby.

Photo by Arte De Vie

10) If you love the idea of a really small wedding, have you ever thought of eloping?

It doesn’t get smaller than elopement! Eloping doesn’t have to mean running away to Las Vegas and getting hitched by an Elvis impersonator. Consider heading to Paris or another romantic locale—without the usual trappings of a wedding, there will be plenty of money available for travel! Bring along your best friends or parents to be your officiant and witnesses, and then throw a casual party once you’ve returned.


10 Fun Ideas for the Small Wedding of Your Dreams

Photo by Anna Gomes

Small extended families? Low budget? A desire for an intimate day? Your wedding doesn’t have to be huge to be a blast! Here are 10 fun ideas to make your small wedding a unique party that still has flair.

1. Think about a destination wedding.

Destination weddings by their nature tend to be smaller, as fewer guests are able to make the journey. If there’s a Caribbean island you’ve always dreamed of visiting, consider making the trek for the most important day of your life! Invite friends and family to show up a few days early, so you can have an extended vacation with those you love the most.

Photo by IQ Photo Studio

2. Not a frilly white dress girl? Head to City Hall with your fiancé before throwing a brunch for your immediate families.

Casual, down-to-earth, and intimate—while saving a ton of cash and stress! Bring a wedding photographer to City Hall to make sure you get the moment you become man and wife captured, and wear a casual white dress from ModCloth or Anthropologie.

Photo by Jasmine Rose Photography

3. Thanks to Pinterest, shabby-chic backyard weddings have never been easier.

Have a family member man the grill and make backyard games like cornhole or badminton available for guests. Just make sure to give your neighbors a courtesy call first!

Photo by Mario Colli Photography

4. Hire a food truck instead of a caterer for your small wedding.

Food trucks are a cool, modern twist on a traditional wedding meal but are often unable to handle huge weddings. Is there a local favorite you know your guests love? Or a truck you and your groom used to visit in college? All the better! You can even work together with the food truck owner to see if you can create a specialty menu for the night.

Photo by Coppersmith Photography

5. Group pictures are seemingly impossible with larger weddings, but a photographer can easily fit ALL your guests into a photo if you have less than 100 people.

Put a group picture on your “must-have” list—you’ll love looking at the photo years down the road and remembering who was there on your big day.

Photo by Elizabeth Burgi Photography

6. Have a potluck meal.

If your wedding is super small—like, family only—a potluck dinner could be a fun way to have casual dining on a very low budget. If your grandmother’s red velvet cake makes you swoon, or your aunt has a mashed potatoes recipe you crave every Christmas, this can be a great way to make your small wedding meal more meaningful.

Photo by Rose Colored Photography

7. Consider out-of-the-box wedding venues.

Does your favorite brewery or local aquarium host wedding receptions? Maybe not typically, but if you’re wedding is small enough, they may be open to the idea. One major perk of a small wedding is that you don’t need a ton of space, so places that aren’t usually thought of as “wedding venues” may make for a unique, fun atmosphere. Having your wedding at a non-traditional location will help make it an amazing memory for you and your guests alike.

Photo by j. woodberry

8) Skip the band and just create a wedding playlist.

With a smaller wedding, it’ll be easy to add the favorite song of every guest! Include a line on your RSVPs asking for wedding song requests so each guest can enjoy a tune they love. If you really want live music, make sure your band takes requests.

9) Go camping!

Guests can all reserve campsites near each other, and you can have s’mores in lieu of wedding cake. Most campgrounds have park shelters that can be rented out for events. The morning after, you can enjoy a hike or a trip to the beach and relive the funniest moments of the wedding. If guests aren’t into sleeping in tents, make sure you select a campground with a hotel nearby.

Photo by Arte De Vie

10) If you love the idea of a really small wedding, have you ever thought of eloping?

It doesn’t get smaller than elopement! Eloping doesn’t have to mean running away to Las Vegas and getting hitched by an Elvis impersonator. Consider heading to Paris or another romantic locale—without the usual trappings of a wedding, there will be plenty of money available for travel! Bring along your best friends or parents to be your officiant and witnesses, and then throw a casual party once you’ve returned.


10 Fun Ideas for the Small Wedding of Your Dreams

Photo by Anna Gomes

Small extended families? Low budget? A desire for an intimate day? Your wedding doesn’t have to be huge to be a blast! Here are 10 fun ideas to make your small wedding a unique party that still has flair.

1. Think about a destination wedding.

Destination weddings by their nature tend to be smaller, as fewer guests are able to make the journey. If there’s a Caribbean island you’ve always dreamed of visiting, consider making the trek for the most important day of your life! Invite friends and family to show up a few days early, so you can have an extended vacation with those you love the most.

Photo by IQ Photo Studio

2. Not a frilly white dress girl? Head to City Hall with your fiancé before throwing a brunch for your immediate families.

Casual, down-to-earth, and intimate—while saving a ton of cash and stress! Bring a wedding photographer to City Hall to make sure you get the moment you become man and wife captured, and wear a casual white dress from ModCloth or Anthropologie.

Photo by Jasmine Rose Photography

3. Thanks to Pinterest, shabby-chic backyard weddings have never been easier.

Have a family member man the grill and make backyard games like cornhole or badminton available for guests. Just make sure to give your neighbors a courtesy call first!

Photo by Mario Colli Photography

4. Hire a food truck instead of a caterer for your small wedding.

Food trucks are a cool, modern twist on a traditional wedding meal but are often unable to handle huge weddings. Is there a local favorite you know your guests love? Or a truck you and your groom used to visit in college? All the better! You can even work together with the food truck owner to see if you can create a specialty menu for the night.

Photo by Coppersmith Photography

5. Group pictures are seemingly impossible with larger weddings, but a photographer can easily fit ALL your guests into a photo if you have less than 100 people.

Put a group picture on your “must-have” list—you’ll love looking at the photo years down the road and remembering who was there on your big day.

Photo by Elizabeth Burgi Photography

6. Have a potluck meal.

If your wedding is super small—like, family only—a potluck dinner could be a fun way to have casual dining on a very low budget. If your grandmother’s red velvet cake makes you swoon, or your aunt has a mashed potatoes recipe you crave every Christmas, this can be a great way to make your small wedding meal more meaningful.

Photo by Rose Colored Photography

7. Consider out-of-the-box wedding venues.

Does your favorite brewery or local aquarium host wedding receptions? Maybe not typically, but if you’re wedding is small enough, they may be open to the idea. One major perk of a small wedding is that you don’t need a ton of space, so places that aren’t usually thought of as “wedding venues” may make for a unique, fun atmosphere. Having your wedding at a non-traditional location will help make it an amazing memory for you and your guests alike.

Photo by j. woodberry

8) Skip the band and just create a wedding playlist.

With a smaller wedding, it’ll be easy to add the favorite song of every guest! Include a line on your RSVPs asking for wedding song requests so each guest can enjoy a tune they love. If you really want live music, make sure your band takes requests.

9) Go camping!

Guests can all reserve campsites near each other, and you can have s’mores in lieu of wedding cake. Most campgrounds have park shelters that can be rented out for events. The morning after, you can enjoy a hike or a trip to the beach and relive the funniest moments of the wedding. If guests aren’t into sleeping in tents, make sure you select a campground with a hotel nearby.

Photo by Arte De Vie

10) If you love the idea of a really small wedding, have you ever thought of eloping?

It doesn’t get smaller than elopement! Eloping doesn’t have to mean running away to Las Vegas and getting hitched by an Elvis impersonator. Consider heading to Paris or another romantic locale—without the usual trappings of a wedding, there will be plenty of money available for travel! Bring along your best friends or parents to be your officiant and witnesses, and then throw a casual party once you’ve returned.


10 Fun Ideas for the Small Wedding of Your Dreams

Photo by Anna Gomes

Small extended families? Low budget? A desire for an intimate day? Your wedding doesn’t have to be huge to be a blast! Here are 10 fun ideas to make your small wedding a unique party that still has flair.

1. Think about a destination wedding.

Destination weddings by their nature tend to be smaller, as fewer guests are able to make the journey. If there’s a Caribbean island you’ve always dreamed of visiting, consider making the trek for the most important day of your life! Invite friends and family to show up a few days early, so you can have an extended vacation with those you love the most.

Photo by IQ Photo Studio

2. Not a frilly white dress girl? Head to City Hall with your fiancé before throwing a brunch for your immediate families.

Casual, down-to-earth, and intimate—while saving a ton of cash and stress! Bring a wedding photographer to City Hall to make sure you get the moment you become man and wife captured, and wear a casual white dress from ModCloth or Anthropologie.

Photo by Jasmine Rose Photography

3. Thanks to Pinterest, shabby-chic backyard weddings have never been easier.

Have a family member man the grill and make backyard games like cornhole or badminton available for guests. Just make sure to give your neighbors a courtesy call first!

Photo by Mario Colli Photography

4. Hire a food truck instead of a caterer for your small wedding.

Food trucks are a cool, modern twist on a traditional wedding meal but are often unable to handle huge weddings. Is there a local favorite you know your guests love? Or a truck you and your groom used to visit in college? All the better! You can even work together with the food truck owner to see if you can create a specialty menu for the night.

Photo by Coppersmith Photography

5. Group pictures are seemingly impossible with larger weddings, but a photographer can easily fit ALL your guests into a photo if you have less than 100 people.

Put a group picture on your “must-have” list—you’ll love looking at the photo years down the road and remembering who was there on your big day.

Photo by Elizabeth Burgi Photography

6. Have a potluck meal.

If your wedding is super small—like, family only—a potluck dinner could be a fun way to have casual dining on a very low budget. If your grandmother’s red velvet cake makes you swoon, or your aunt has a mashed potatoes recipe you crave every Christmas, this can be a great way to make your small wedding meal more meaningful.

Photo by Rose Colored Photography

7. Consider out-of-the-box wedding venues.

Does your favorite brewery or local aquarium host wedding receptions? Maybe not typically, but if you’re wedding is small enough, they may be open to the idea. One major perk of a small wedding is that you don’t need a ton of space, so places that aren’t usually thought of as “wedding venues” may make for a unique, fun atmosphere. Having your wedding at a non-traditional location will help make it an amazing memory for you and your guests alike.

Photo by j. woodberry

8) Skip the band and just create a wedding playlist.

With a smaller wedding, it’ll be easy to add the favorite song of every guest! Include a line on your RSVPs asking for wedding song requests so each guest can enjoy a tune they love. If you really want live music, make sure your band takes requests.

9) Go camping!

Guests can all reserve campsites near each other, and you can have s’mores in lieu of wedding cake. Most campgrounds have park shelters that can be rented out for events. The morning after, you can enjoy a hike or a trip to the beach and relive the funniest moments of the wedding. If guests aren’t into sleeping in tents, make sure you select a campground with a hotel nearby.

Photo by Arte De Vie

10) If you love the idea of a really small wedding, have you ever thought of eloping?

It doesn’t get smaller than elopement! Eloping doesn’t have to mean running away to Las Vegas and getting hitched by an Elvis impersonator. Consider heading to Paris or another romantic locale—without the usual trappings of a wedding, there will be plenty of money available for travel! Bring along your best friends or parents to be your officiant and witnesses, and then throw a casual party once you’ve returned.


10 Fun Ideas for the Small Wedding of Your Dreams

Photo by Anna Gomes

Small extended families? Low budget? A desire for an intimate day? Your wedding doesn’t have to be huge to be a blast! Here are 10 fun ideas to make your small wedding a unique party that still has flair.

1. Think about a destination wedding.

Destination weddings by their nature tend to be smaller, as fewer guests are able to make the journey. If there’s a Caribbean island you’ve always dreamed of visiting, consider making the trek for the most important day of your life! Invite friends and family to show up a few days early, so you can have an extended vacation with those you love the most.

Photo by IQ Photo Studio

2. Not a frilly white dress girl? Head to City Hall with your fiancé before throwing a brunch for your immediate families.

Casual, down-to-earth, and intimate—while saving a ton of cash and stress! Bring a wedding photographer to City Hall to make sure you get the moment you become man and wife captured, and wear a casual white dress from ModCloth or Anthropologie.

Photo by Jasmine Rose Photography

3. Thanks to Pinterest, shabby-chic backyard weddings have never been easier.

Have a family member man the grill and make backyard games like cornhole or badminton available for guests. Just make sure to give your neighbors a courtesy call first!

Photo by Mario Colli Photography

4. Hire a food truck instead of a caterer for your small wedding.

Food trucks are a cool, modern twist on a traditional wedding meal but are often unable to handle huge weddings. Is there a local favorite you know your guests love? Or a truck you and your groom used to visit in college? All the better! You can even work together with the food truck owner to see if you can create a specialty menu for the night.

Photo by Coppersmith Photography

5. Group pictures are seemingly impossible with larger weddings, but a photographer can easily fit ALL your guests into a photo if you have less than 100 people.

Put a group picture on your “must-have” list—you’ll love looking at the photo years down the road and remembering who was there on your big day.

Photo by Elizabeth Burgi Photography

6. Have a potluck meal.

If your wedding is super small—like, family only—a potluck dinner could be a fun way to have casual dining on a very low budget. If your grandmother’s red velvet cake makes you swoon, or your aunt has a mashed potatoes recipe you crave every Christmas, this can be a great way to make your small wedding meal more meaningful.

Photo by Rose Colored Photography

7. Consider out-of-the-box wedding venues.

Does your favorite brewery or local aquarium host wedding receptions? Maybe not typically, but if you’re wedding is small enough, they may be open to the idea. One major perk of a small wedding is that you don’t need a ton of space, so places that aren’t usually thought of as “wedding venues” may make for a unique, fun atmosphere. Having your wedding at a non-traditional location will help make it an amazing memory for you and your guests alike.

Photo by j. woodberry

8) Skip the band and just create a wedding playlist.

With a smaller wedding, it’ll be easy to add the favorite song of every guest! Include a line on your RSVPs asking for wedding song requests so each guest can enjoy a tune they love. If you really want live music, make sure your band takes requests.

9) Go camping!

Guests can all reserve campsites near each other, and you can have s’mores in lieu of wedding cake. Most campgrounds have park shelters that can be rented out for events. The morning after, you can enjoy a hike or a trip to the beach and relive the funniest moments of the wedding. If guests aren’t into sleeping in tents, make sure you select a campground with a hotel nearby.

Photo by Arte De Vie

10) If you love the idea of a really small wedding, have you ever thought of eloping?

It doesn’t get smaller than elopement! Eloping doesn’t have to mean running away to Las Vegas and getting hitched by an Elvis impersonator. Consider heading to Paris or another romantic locale—without the usual trappings of a wedding, there will be plenty of money available for travel! Bring along your best friends or parents to be your officiant and witnesses, and then throw a casual party once you’ve returned.


10 Fun Ideas for the Small Wedding of Your Dreams

Photo by Anna Gomes

Small extended families? Low budget? A desire for an intimate day? Your wedding doesn’t have to be huge to be a blast! Here are 10 fun ideas to make your small wedding a unique party that still has flair.

1. Think about a destination wedding.

Destination weddings by their nature tend to be smaller, as fewer guests are able to make the journey. If there’s a Caribbean island you’ve always dreamed of visiting, consider making the trek for the most important day of your life! Invite friends and family to show up a few days early, so you can have an extended vacation with those you love the most.

Photo by IQ Photo Studio

2. Not a frilly white dress girl? Head to City Hall with your fiancé before throwing a brunch for your immediate families.

Casual, down-to-earth, and intimate—while saving a ton of cash and stress! Bring a wedding photographer to City Hall to make sure you get the moment you become man and wife captured, and wear a casual white dress from ModCloth or Anthropologie.

Photo by Jasmine Rose Photography

3. Thanks to Pinterest, shabby-chic backyard weddings have never been easier.

Have a family member man the grill and make backyard games like cornhole or badminton available for guests. Just make sure to give your neighbors a courtesy call first!

Photo by Mario Colli Photography

4. Hire a food truck instead of a caterer for your small wedding.

Food trucks are a cool, modern twist on a traditional wedding meal but are often unable to handle huge weddings. Is there a local favorite you know your guests love? Or a truck you and your groom used to visit in college? All the better! You can even work together with the food truck owner to see if you can create a specialty menu for the night.

Photo by Coppersmith Photography

5. Group pictures are seemingly impossible with larger weddings, but a photographer can easily fit ALL your guests into a photo if you have less than 100 people.

Put a group picture on your “must-have” list—you’ll love looking at the photo years down the road and remembering who was there on your big day.

Photo by Elizabeth Burgi Photography

6. Have a potluck meal.

If your wedding is super small—like, family only—a potluck dinner could be a fun way to have casual dining on a very low budget. If your grandmother’s red velvet cake makes you swoon, or your aunt has a mashed potatoes recipe you crave every Christmas, this can be a great way to make your small wedding meal more meaningful.

Photo by Rose Colored Photography

7. Consider out-of-the-box wedding venues.

Does your favorite brewery or local aquarium host wedding receptions? Maybe not typically, but if you’re wedding is small enough, they may be open to the idea. One major perk of a small wedding is that you don’t need a ton of space, so places that aren’t usually thought of as “wedding venues” may make for a unique, fun atmosphere. Having your wedding at a non-traditional location will help make it an amazing memory for you and your guests alike.

Photo by j. woodberry

8) Skip the band and just create a wedding playlist.

With a smaller wedding, it’ll be easy to add the favorite song of every guest! Include a line on your RSVPs asking for wedding song requests so each guest can enjoy a tune they love. If you really want live music, make sure your band takes requests.

9) Go camping!

Guests can all reserve campsites near each other, and you can have s’mores in lieu of wedding cake. Most campgrounds have park shelters that can be rented out for events. The morning after, you can enjoy a hike or a trip to the beach and relive the funniest moments of the wedding. If guests aren’t into sleeping in tents, make sure you select a campground with a hotel nearby.

Photo by Arte De Vie

10) If you love the idea of a really small wedding, have you ever thought of eloping?

It doesn’t get smaller than elopement! Eloping doesn’t have to mean running away to Las Vegas and getting hitched by an Elvis impersonator. Consider heading to Paris or another romantic locale—without the usual trappings of a wedding, there will be plenty of money available for travel! Bring along your best friends or parents to be your officiant and witnesses, and then throw a casual party once you’ve returned.


10 Fun Ideas for the Small Wedding of Your Dreams

Photo by Anna Gomes

Small extended families? Low budget? A desire for an intimate day? Your wedding doesn’t have to be huge to be a blast! Here are 10 fun ideas to make your small wedding a unique party that still has flair.

1. Think about a destination wedding.

Destination weddings by their nature tend to be smaller, as fewer guests are able to make the journey. If there’s a Caribbean island you’ve always dreamed of visiting, consider making the trek for the most important day of your life! Invite friends and family to show up a few days early, so you can have an extended vacation with those you love the most.

Photo by IQ Photo Studio

2. Not a frilly white dress girl? Head to City Hall with your fiancé before throwing a brunch for your immediate families.

Casual, down-to-earth, and intimate—while saving a ton of cash and stress! Bring a wedding photographer to City Hall to make sure you get the moment you become man and wife captured, and wear a casual white dress from ModCloth or Anthropologie.

Photo by Jasmine Rose Photography

3. Thanks to Pinterest, shabby-chic backyard weddings have never been easier.

Have a family member man the grill and make backyard games like cornhole or badminton available for guests. Just make sure to give your neighbors a courtesy call first!

Photo by Mario Colli Photography

4. Hire a food truck instead of a caterer for your small wedding.

Food trucks are a cool, modern twist on a traditional wedding meal but are often unable to handle huge weddings. Is there a local favorite you know your guests love? Or a truck you and your groom used to visit in college? All the better! You can even work together with the food truck owner to see if you can create a specialty menu for the night.

Photo by Coppersmith Photography

5. Group pictures are seemingly impossible with larger weddings, but a photographer can easily fit ALL your guests into a photo if you have less than 100 people.

Put a group picture on your “must-have” list—you’ll love looking at the photo years down the road and remembering who was there on your big day.

Photo by Elizabeth Burgi Photography

6. Have a potluck meal.

If your wedding is super small—like, family only—a potluck dinner could be a fun way to have casual dining on a very low budget. If your grandmother’s red velvet cake makes you swoon, or your aunt has a mashed potatoes recipe you crave every Christmas, this can be a great way to make your small wedding meal more meaningful.

Photo by Rose Colored Photography

7. Consider out-of-the-box wedding venues.

Does your favorite brewery or local aquarium host wedding receptions? Maybe not typically, but if you’re wedding is small enough, they may be open to the idea. One major perk of a small wedding is that you don’t need a ton of space, so places that aren’t usually thought of as “wedding venues” may make for a unique, fun atmosphere. Having your wedding at a non-traditional location will help make it an amazing memory for you and your guests alike.

Photo by j. woodberry

8) Skip the band and just create a wedding playlist.

With a smaller wedding, it’ll be easy to add the favorite song of every guest! Include a line on your RSVPs asking for wedding song requests so each guest can enjoy a tune they love. If you really want live music, make sure your band takes requests.

9) Go camping!

Guests can all reserve campsites near each other, and you can have s’mores in lieu of wedding cake. Most campgrounds have park shelters that can be rented out for events. The morning after, you can enjoy a hike or a trip to the beach and relive the funniest moments of the wedding. If guests aren’t into sleeping in tents, make sure you select a campground with a hotel nearby.

Photo by Arte De Vie

10) If you love the idea of a really small wedding, have you ever thought of eloping?

It doesn’t get smaller than elopement! Eloping doesn’t have to mean running away to Las Vegas and getting hitched by an Elvis impersonator. Consider heading to Paris or another romantic locale—without the usual trappings of a wedding, there will be plenty of money available for travel! Bring along your best friends or parents to be your officiant and witnesses, and then throw a casual party once you’ve returned.