How to Host a Small Wedding with Big Style!

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There are many advantages to having a small wedding. Spending less money on your reception is the most obvious benefit of a small wedding but there are other benefits as well.

Guest List: You will have a more tailored guest list. Once you let people know you are having a small wedding with close friends and family only, you no longer feel the obligation to invite everyone you’ve ever met and their grandmother. Having fewer guests also makes your day feel more intimate and special. With fewer guests, you also have more time to mingle! So many brides feel like they get so little time talking to everyone during their reception. Or they spend too much time making sure they greet everyone that they miss out on enjoying the festivities!

Freedom of venue: You can hold it anywhere! Most venues have restrictions and guest minimums, not to mention rules on who can cater, type of alcohol served, and the hours of the event. With fewer people to seat you can bypass a traditional venue altogether! You can hold it in your parent’s backyard, a gorgeous city park, or even the beach! A smaller wedding also means less set up time. With fewer tables and chairs to set up, you will have more time to relax and enjoy getting ready before the ceremony.

Having trouble envisioning how to host a small wedding while still having it be the grand party of your dreams? We have set up an elegant reception with fewer than 40 place settings to show you the possibilities! We held our event at a private estate. The weather was cloudy with rain showers predicted for the day. The event would have to take place indoors. We took this as the perfect opportunity to show that you can transform any space into a beautiful event venue. After considering a few spaces, we ultimately decided to hold it in the formal living room. I know what you’re thinking, a wedding in the living room?! Yes! It turned out beautifully and saved so much time, money, and stress from the traditional venue.

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The first step in holding an event in a small space is to map out the configuration of the tables. We went with three 60” round tables that seat eight guests, and one rectangular table that seats six. With the space being so small and intimate, we put the couple at their own sweetheart table at the head of the room.

pink petal sweetheart table

The setup took place in early spring so we wanted a color scheme that reflected the season. Blush and navy seemed like the perfect combination! Blush is so light and romantic and reflective of spring. Navy compliments blush beautifully and the darker hue adds plenty of drama! We added gold accents to complete the look.

The round tables were draped in navy shantung silk tablecloths topped with our sheer with ivory roses overlay. Gold band chargers and dotted favor boxes added liveliness to the table. Sweet and simple pink rose and peony centerpieces pulled in the blush theme.

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The rectangular table is very similar to the round tables with a few changes to add interest. We again used navy shantung silk for the tablecloth but used a runner with the rose pattern instead of an overlay. We really dressed up this table by placing five centerpieces down the length of the table. Three large arrangements of pink and white flowers adorn the table. Two smaller vases accent between each vase. Using different flowers for each table or having two different tablescapes throughout the venue adds visual interest and creates a unique look.

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The chairs were dressed in standard white satin covers and tied with navy blue satin sashes. We added roses and peonies as an extra special touch.

navy satin sashes with pink roses

Our favorite table to set up was the sweetheart table. We chose a luxurious petal tablecloth in the most perfect shade of blush. Gold votives add touch of romance and navy shantung silk napkins draw the eye in. Classic chivari chairs in bronze were simply covered with a navy sash and flowers. Set in front of a roaring fireplace, this table screams romance!

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All together our tables seated 32 guests. The room was cozy yet elegant. Everything an intimate wedding should be. Send us pictures of your small wedding!