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Having A Small Wedding

You do not have to have two hundred guests at the local country club to have an amazing wedding day. Some people feel overwhelmed by such a wedding, and they in turn want to keep it small and light on the day they get married. If you want to have a small wedding, that is exactly what you should have. It can be just as fun, memorable, and beautiful as any over the top expensive wedding that anyone else may have. The best part is that you are going to spend less money and your planning is going to be so much easier. You will also feel less stress, leaving you room to enjoy your day rather than stressing about each and every detail.

There are many great places to have a small wedding. You can do it in a backyard somewhere if you wish. You have to worry about the weather, but you can have an alternative in mind in the event the weather goes bad. If you know someone with a beautiful flower garden, they may allow you to marry there. You can also call your local botanical gardens. They often can accommodate small weddings with some of the most beautiful backdrops you could ever hope to find. Local parks are also an option if you find a spot that you fall in love with at a glance. There are also some great indoor spots that only work for the smaller wedding as well.

Most things will cost less with a small wedding. That is the great part about having one. Your cake can be small, and your food cost is going to be substantially less than if you were trying to feed one or two hundred people. Your photographer and videographer are going to cost the same, but your florist is not going to have to make as many centerpieces, and you are going to spend much less on invitations, favors, and even the decorations you may want to buy for your reception. Overall, the savings are substantial in almost all aspects of .

Small weddings obviously means a smaller guest list. This means you are going to leave some people off the list. This can be hard, but explain as best you can if someone asks you why they have not been invited. What you can do is to send about announcements to everyone after you are married to let people know the ceremony has taken place. Some people may have hurt feelings, but your small wedding is your choice. Explain to them as best as you can your reasons for having your smaller wedding and most people will understand.

If you are weighing the pros and cons of having a small wedding, there are a few things to remember. For one, it is your wedding day and you should do what you want and what works for you and your spouse to be. It can also be about money. Remember, this is just one day, though a very important one to you. Some couples go into debt trying to pay for a large wedding. You don’t want to start married life off in debt that you could have easily avoided. You have a new life to start, so if having a small wedding is what suits you, make no apologies for doing what is best for your future.

The Easiest Way to Get Free Wedding Planning

So you are all excited at the start of planning your wedding day but you do not want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a professional wedding planner. You are going to have to pay for certain things anyway and it can be a waste to have a middle person doing all the coordinating for you. They will charge you handsomely for their services.

Of course if you have no time and very few contacts it might actually be better if you did use a professional but that is up to you. I will assume that you have decided to do your own wedding planning. That decision made there is no shortage of excellent resources for you to use to help you plan your special day
You cannot do the food or the honeymoon for free but you can with a bit of skill and guile do your wedding planning for free. Here are a few ways to do this.

Using the internet to do your free wedding planning

The internet is becoming freer by the year and there are lots of free guides and e-books on wedding planning that you can download. There are also checklists and spreadsheets for you to follow to ensure nothing is missed out. To find these websites type in a phrase such as wedding plan or plan your wedding and you will get plenty of help.

Friends can help you plan your wedding but choose them well

Its time to call in a few favors and use your friends to help you plan the wedding. Make sure they are reliable and not prone to stupid ideas. It is not their wedding, it is yours and they need to remember that. When we planned our wedding (30 years ago) I chose my best friend to help. Now he is a born organizer and administrator so we had a fantastic day and the planning and delivery of our special day was second to none. No surprise I made him best man on the day.

Between us we gathered a small team who came up with how we wanted our day to be. We added things in and removed other bad ideas over 3 or 4 meetings in our home. All the implementation was shared out and we had a fantastic day. This cost us nothing other than a bit of time and some careful choosing of the right friends. If you have good friends they will want to help for free.

Use other people weddings as an idea resource for yours

Some weddings are memorable and others are downright dreadful. There is nothing remotely funny about a drunken groom on his wedding day. Think back to the weddings you have been to and try to define what it was that you liked about it. Was it the music, the greeters, the cars, the speeches? Copy ideas from other people. If you are worried they will think you copied the idea tell them what you plan to do. They will take it as a compliment that you are doing the same thing.

Use your own ideas carefully

Your wedding needs to be your own day with its own character. This is a great bonus for doing your own wedding planning. You can put in touches that no one else has thought of. But this can be a problem. Just because you think it is a nice romantic idea it doesn’t mean it is a good idea. Horse drawn carriages are great but have you smelt the XXXX that comes out of the horses? Mixing the families might be right or could be disastrous. To overcome potential problems run the ideas past your team and listen. In the end your vote over rides all the others but other peoples input could stop a disaster.