- 1. Know Your Wedding Budget
- 2. Get Some Inspiration for Your Wedding Theme
- 3. Talk About Your Guest List
- 4. Consider the Venue
- 5. Set Your Wedding Date
- 6. Apply for a Marriage License
- 7. Book Wedding Vendors
- 8. Sending Wedding Invitations
- 9. Pick Wedding Bands and Other Attire
- 10. Organize Transportations and Accommodations
- Wrapping Up
Many couples want to be surrounded by family and close friends as they celebrate the most significant day of their lives. In an intimate wedding, you can share your personal vows with one another and let you create great memories with your loved ones. To make your special day go above and beyond, we have rounded up some tips on planning a weekend wedding for an intimate group.
1. Know Your Wedding Budget
Even if you’re planning for an intimate wedding, you should consider the full scope of costs involved. After all, it is likely the biggest party you’ll ever throw. Your budget determines the rest of your planning, including the venue, number of guests, what kind of food you’ll serve, and other details. Still, having a small wedding does not mean it has to be a budget wedding if you really want to splurge on something else.
The key is to focus on what really counts and be willing to compromise on the rest. Do you want to have the best food at your wedding, or do you prefer lush flower displays? However, you wouldn’t want to fall in love with a venue or other things out of your budget.
2. Get Some Inspiration for Your Wedding Theme
The most exciting part of wedding planning is to think about how you want your special day to look and feel. Are you going for a romantic vibe with an oversized floral arrangement and pastel hues? Or a theme that’s rustic, nature-inspired with lots of botanical elements? A small wedding with an intimate group allows you to personalize your wedding through decorations, from the lights to fabrics, flowers, and others.
3. Talk About Your Guest List
Having an intimate group at your wedding will let you have quality one-on-one time with each guest. Decide who among your friends and relatives you really want standing next to you on your big day. You may think of people who have been there for you throughout significant events in your life.
We often speak to those who matter the most, so you may look through your calls and text messages and invite those you’ve talked to within the last six months.
4. Consider the Venue
The venue will become the backdrop of all your wedding photos, whether it will take place at the lakeside or at a special destination. Make sure that the space is comfortable for your wedding theme and season and it is not too big for an intimate group. With fewer guests, you have more options on unique spaces to celebrate.
Popular choices include vineyard, ranch, beach, hotel, and resort, but you may also think of the backyard of your family house or a restaurant that is meaningful to both of you. You may also consider nontraditional venues like smaller galleries, cafés, and courtyards. If they’re already beautifully designed, then you can save on décor.
5. Set Your Wedding Date
Think of the season in which you would like to get married. Weekends for popular venues fill up fast, and wedding seasons generally come with higher prices and more limited vendor availability. Also, consider other external factors like if the date would be challenging for your guests to attend, taking into account the holidays and work schedules.
6. Apply for a Marriage License
A marriage license is your ticket to becoming legally married, so do not leave the task until the last minute. Every state or local government has different laws, so do your research on the timelines and deadlines for documentation. In most cases, a marriage license is only valid for a short period of time, beginning the day after it is issued. Avoid getting it too far in advance, as the marriage license also expires after a certain period of time.
7. Book Wedding Vendors
Hire the right wedding vendors to ensure that your wedding runs smoothly. Apart from a legally ordained officiant, lock down your photographer and caterer at least eight months before your wedding day. The photographer captures intimate moments, including the tears, the laughter, and the clinking glasses, so opt for someone you trust. Other things like your florist, hairstylist, and makeup artist can be booked at a later time.
8. Sending Wedding Invitations
Save-the-dates should be sent 2 to 3 months ahead of the wedding so that your loved ones can plan accordingly. You may ask for RSVPs back at least a month before the wedding. For an intimate group, sending handwritten invitations feels more personal.
9. Pick Wedding Bands and Other Attire
Figure out what you’re going to wear, and make sure you can flaunt your personality through the details of your wedding day outfit. It doesn’t have to be a glamorous wedding gown, but it must be something special. Just make sure you have enough time for multiple alteration appointments if needed.
You may go for traditional wedding bands, but it also feels special to opt for a unique design with special meaning for you. Most of the time, jewelry and other accessories are forgotten but they are the pieces that will complete your look.
10. Organize Transportations and Accommodations
Whether you choose a venue close to home or a far-flung destination, consider your family and close friends attending. It is thoughtful to book group transportation or find places for them to stay if needed. It may not be your responsibility to pay for them, but send reminders to your guests to book their rooms by the required date.
A small wedding with an intimate group is as meaningful and significant as a bigger celebration. It allows a more memorable experience with the people who are really closest to both of you, making your big day extra special.