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Ten Reasons to Have a Small Wedding

Updated on July 2, 2017
Al and Sue November 28, 1987
Al and Sue November 28, 1987 | Source

Small Versus Large

When my husband and I said our to do's 27 years ago we had a small wedding of 50 people. If we were to do it all over again we wouldn't change a thing.

Luckily we both had fairly small families so we didn't have to exclude too many people. I understand for some that a small wedding is next to impossible.

All photos in this article are the property of the author Susan Zutautas unless otherwise stated. Please do not copy or borrow them without first getting written permission.

Getting ready for the big day. - My Dad and I

10 Reasons for a Small Wedding

1.) If you're having your wedding catered each meal is going to cost you a specific amount. When I got married ours was $55.00 per person. This can get quite expensive especially if you are paying (as we did) for your own wedding.

2.) With a smaller wedding the bride and groom are able to socialize with everyone at the wedding where as when there are more than 50 people it makes it harder to get around to everyone there.

3.) If you decide that you want to have an open-bar and are having a smaller wedding, once again you'll be cutting down on the costs.

4.) Places where you book your wedding reception tend to have smaller rooms more readily available.

5.) Since you're saving money on a smaller wedding you'll be able to have that open bar, or a more elaborate menu choice.

6.) Your guests will enjoy themselves usually more at a smaller wedding. At mine most people still to this day say it was the best wedding they'd ever been to.

7) You will be able to have more time for more people in the photographs. Get pictures with everyone to remember your special day.

8.) The bride and groom will normally know all the people at their wedding with a smaller crowd.

9.) If you are having a DIY wedding a smaller one is much easier than a large one.

10.) Less preparation such as invitations to write out, wedding cake to wrap, and thank you cards to write after the big day.

Bride and Maid of Honor - Jackie and Me

About to get into the limo - Dad and I

The limo driver had all the kids in the neighborhood gathered and singing to me. It was so cute.
The limo driver had all the kids in the neighborhood gathered and singing to me. It was so cute.

Dinner Music

At our wedding the DJ music didn't start until after dinner. If I were to do it all again I would choose to have music playing in the background on low while people were enjoying their meal.

Some of the Brides Family

The Grooms Family

Large or Small

Whether you're married or not, what size wedding would you like; a large wedding or a small wedding.

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    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you sujaya

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Dzy, Eloping is the best solution these days :)

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Paula!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Audrey :)

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi LadyFiddler, Nice to see you. For some people it is next to impossible to have a smaller wedding.

    • sujaya venkatesh profile image

      sujaya venkatesh 

      6 years ago

      nice advice

    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 

      6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Very interesting and helpful for those who want more than immediate family in attendance.

      My first wedding was VERY small--only my own parents, the groom's parents, and the 2 attendants. Reception was cake and champagne only at my parent's home.

      30 years later, we divorced, and I met my current hubby...also a small affair, but with a few friends as well...less than 10 total guests...and my daughter made the wedding cake--it was gorgeous. I still have that topper, and we are celebrating 15 years ....Saved a lot of $$ in both cases by not having catering or huge guest lists.

      Funny note: a friend of my years back had 6 kids; 4 of whom were girls. Her cost-saving solution? "I'm encouraging them to elope." ;-)

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      6 years ago from Carson City

      How sweet of you to share your beautiful wedding photos with us! This is such a privilege, I feel like I was there (& I wish I really had been).....What a gorgeous Bride & Groom. The Love & happiness on everyone's face just jumps off the page. I am especially taken by that precious glance of pure devotion on your hubby's face as he's looking at his beautiful Susan. WOW!

      I'm ALL for small(er) weddings. Always have been. For many of the reasons you list as well as a few more. It just makes more sense and cents all the way around. Also realize that some huge families just can't do this.

      This is a wonderful hub.....Thanks, Susan......UP++++shared, pinned, tweeted, googled. CONGRATULATIONS on 27 years!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Voted above for small!!

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      Joanna Chandler 

      6 years ago from On Planet Earth

      Hi Su good day to you, very nice i guess that's the best way to go in these times where things are so expensive... then again in some cases we may offend some if we go too small.

      ~~Have a great day~~

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      As Linus so profoundly stated to Lucy on 'A Charlie Brown Christmas', "those are good reasons" - excellent points.

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      6 years ago

      As you have shared, smaller weddings are much more practical for so many reasons, and to me, the coziness of it all would be a key decision maker. I love that your limo driver had the kids in on your ceremony!

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      6 years ago

      Your wedding was a great one! Love the photos, especially the one of you and your dad getting into the limo. Wonderful memories!

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      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a beautiful bride you were - and still are!

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @GrammieOlivia: Me too especially when the couple has been married a lifetime.

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      6 years ago

      I love wedding pictures....

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      Denise McGill 

      6 years ago from Fresno CA

      Awesome getting a peek into your life. Thanks for sharing.


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