By Christina Friedrichsen,
Job losses. Plummeting stocks. A housing market that continues to tank. It's enough to make any girl get the jitters. And as if the recession wasn't bad enough, you have a wedding to plan! Take heart. You can still have an amazing wedding - and stick to your budget. How? A small guest list!
When you've got fewer guests, you can splurge on the things that really matter to you. For some that might be a gourmet dinner, for others it might be a five-piece jazz band or a designer gown.
It's no wonder that small weddings are one of the biggest trends of 2009.
Still not convinced? Here are 10 reasons to have a small wedding:
1. You will save money. If your
is a concern, a small guest list can help you shave thousands of dollars off of your wedding costs.
2. You get to celebrate your big day surrounded by people who love you. For most couples, this is the biggest perk of having a small wedding.
3. You will feel more relaxed on your wedding day because you'll be surrounded by friends and family and people that really know you.
4. You can splurge. Some couples choose a small guest list not necessarily because their budgets are small, but because they can pull out all the stops and have a truly lavish wedding.
5. Your venue options are more creative. Since you won't need a large space to accommodate your guests, many
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will be open to you. Museums, art galleries, bed and breakfasts, and restaurants are just a few options that will be available to you.
6. You'll have more freedom to personalize your wedding. A small wedding gives you the opportunity to get your creative juices flowing and make your unique wedding a reflection of the two of you.
7. You get to spend time with your
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. How many weddings have you attended where you feel like a stranger fulfilling a social obligation? Small weddings are different. When the guest list is small, the bride and groom can spend time with each of their guests, making everyone feel welcome.
8. Your guests will feel at home. When the guest list is small, guests will have a better opportunity to spend time with you, as well as mingle with other guests. Also, at a small wedding there's a good chance that many of your guests will know one another.
9. It's easier to pull off a
. It's a lot less difficult to incorporate DIY wedding
elements when your guest list is small, than with a guest list of hundreds. Also, a small wedding will give you the opportunity to get your loved ones involved in your special day.
10. You will have a wedding that people will remember. Because your wedding won't be typical - the kind your guests have been to over and over again - your wedding is more likely to be remembered.
So, next time you feel frazzled about your wedding plans, think small - and benefit big.
Christina Friedrichsen is the author of Intimate Weddings:Planning a Small Wedding that Fits Your Budget and Style and owner of
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All the beautiful photos in this post provided by
: Simple Treasures Photography by Claire