Today many couples are stepping beyond tradition when planning their wedding, seeking unique ways to shape their day to reflect their own lifestyle, personality and imagination. Planning a smaller wedding can provide you with more choice when it comes to selecting and booking your must-have services such as venues, photographers and transport. This is especially true if you are planning a mid-week or off peak wedding where minimum guest numbers may be lower and lead times are shorter.
While a small wedding is preferred for more intimate gatherings, some couples choose the smaller wedding format as with fewer guests there is opportunity to have a more lavish event. A five-star wedding experience, with fine dining, excellent wines at a stellar venue such as Ezard at Levantine Hill may be your perfect way to celebrate.
The smaller wedding may also provide you with more quality time with guests. Wedding days pass by in a whirlwind of things to do and people to see, and the intimacy of a smaller day is a welcomed opportunity to slow down and spend real time with the people who matter.
Smaller weddings have also become popular for second weddings, vow renewal ceremonies and for ceremonies that are contemporary, or step outside the traditional wedding format. The growth in alternative wedding ceremonies, such as handfasting, inter-faith, civil and unity ceremonies, offer many couples a way of being true to their own values.
For the budget-conscious, the smaller wedding may be a way of achieving a perfect day, while staying within a manageable budget. Off peak weddings can be a more affordable option – a way of having exactly what you want. A small wedding also opens up options for venues – private dining rooms are available at many beautiful restaurants and wineries in the region, and many caterers delight in providing grazing stations, food trucks and unique ways to hold your wedding reception. A wedding can be held at any time of the day and morning weddings are increasingly popular. And a smaller wedding is often quicker to plan and potentially with less lead time.
The size of your perfect wedding is high on the ‘things to decide list’ as a newly engaged couple, and a small wedding can be a great choice when planning a day that is as unique as you are – any time of the day, any time of the year.