Monday Mood Board: A Small, Yet Perfectly Formed Wedding. Dreamy Intimate Wedding Ideas.
Good morning, everyone! I hope you all had a lovely festive weekend and that you were graced with a little bit of sunshine, wherever you may have been. We didn’t get so much over here in Yorkshire, so the Christmas tree cutting down was postponed. What did you get up to over the past couple of days?
We’re kick starting your Monday the best way possible with another feature to sweep away those post weekend blues, I know I’m certainly suffering from them.
If you are planning an intimate wedding then you’re in for a beautiful treat with today’s collation of ideas featuring plenty of pretty, inspiration by the mass and a few little pointers how to make the most from your small, but perfectly formed wedding.
Image: Jane Beadnell Photography
Small weddings can be deeply personal and special. They allow you to spend the most important day of your life with just those who matter most to you. Whether you plan it on small budget or indulge in a more lavish day, with your carefully chosen guests; an intimate wedding can be exquisite and highly memorable when you plan it well. Here are some tips from us here at The Wedding Affair for a truly intimate, magical and memorable day.
Image: Darin Collinson Photography
An intimate get away…
With the cost of weddings rising by the year, more and more couples are opting for a more intimate day, surrounded by their nearest and dearest. However, it seems that we never actually see many ideas for these smaller weddings, and, why not? There are certainly many advantages to having a smaller wedding, one of these been that you can perhaps splash the cash on hiring a venue over a weekend, or perhaps even a whole week. That decision would be up to you, of course.
A small wedding gives you the chance to really go all out and use the small number of your nearest and dearest to your advantage; take over a Villa at your favourite location or rent a group of cottages on the beach. Stretching the festivities out to three or four days of skiing, brunching and relaxing all adds up to a fabulous destination wedding, and a chance to really bond with your select number of guests.
Image: Daniel Kim Photography
I profoundly love the idea of hiring out a Chateau in France, or one of the many castles and vineyards that there are in the Tuscan sun. Spend the week of your wedding lapping in luxury by the pool, sipping wine and enjoying the festivities with your most loved ones. Hey, you could even pro-long the stay into your honeymoon, too!
Make the most of the natural beauty of your surroundings with dreamy details, seasonal blooms and original, rustic accents. Take a look below for some of our idea’s for an Intimate wedding abroad.
Image: Tamara Gruner Photography – Weddings In Tuscany – Matteo Crescentini, The Knot in Italy
Pay attention to the details
When you are planning a small wedding then there may or may not be the option to opt for a wedding planner or stylist. However, a small wedding should be just as gorgeous as a larger one, right? By no means does a small wedding mean simpler.
Take advantage of your surroundings and release your inner styling queen with muted colour schemes, lavish florals, handmade details and well, anything to make your wedding personal to you. Banqueting tables are great for intimate weddings; for one, they look great when adorned with your choice of flowers, foliage and decor, secondly, they’re a great way for all of your guests to be included in conversations, without the need for separate tables.
Remember, when the wedding is small, every detail is noticed, so careful attention to detail is called for. There’s no hiding behind the crowd at a small celebration, so use this as an excuse to go all out on everything from beautiful blooms and delectable dessert tables. See some of our favourite ideas below, lovelies.
Image: Amorology – Laura Debourde Photography – O’Malley Photography
This might be the best part of having a smaller wedding; with fewer people on the scene, it’s easy to get everyone into the act somehow or other.
Depending on how small the event will be, you can have everyone read a line of a prayer or a special reading at the ceremony, have them stand and encircle you as you exchange your vows or seat them at one big table at the wedding reception. When your guests realise that they are among the select few you have invited to participate in your special wedding, they’re bound to feel honoured.
Image: Clayton Austin
Give them a wonderful day and your wedding will be one of their best memories. Lay out elaborate plans so every guest enjoys the event. For example, you could arrange for special transportation, classic-style entertainment, photo booths, an elaborate meal, exceptional wines or unique wedding favours to give everyone an unforgettable experience, and even more to remember the day by.
For an intimate wedding, stationery will be your best friend and used throughout your decor and events leading up, and after the wedding.
You can also plan events leading up to the wedding in pomp and style, so it builds excitement for the actual wedding day. Remember, with careful planning it is possible to create an amazing intimate wedding experience on either a small or extravagant budget. Smaller budgets just tend to require greater creativity and more focused priorities.
Image: Kristen Weaver Photography – Style Me Pretty – Honey Honey Photography
Looking for some more dreamy wedding inspiration? You can still catch up on a few of our previous Monday Mood Board features too. Such as this Parisian chic wedding, a pop of colour in a Moroccan styled affair and read about us falling back in love with the Pantone Pretty Ultra-Violet; the colour of 2018.
As always, we love hearing your feedback and personal ideas, so do drop us a comment below on how you’re hosting an intimate wedding and why this is special to you.
Enjoy the rest of your day, Ella x