10 Reasons to Have a Small Wedding


As you may have guessed from the name, small.wedding.wonderland is a blog dedicated to small weddings. I know the idea of having a small wedding doesn’t appeal to everyone and it is easy to get carried away when you start planning, so I am here to offer 10 good reasons why you may decide to consider a more intimate wedding day. Here goes…

  1. Cost: A bit of a no-brainer, fewer guests equals less money spent. It cuts down how much you need to spend on food, drink, transport, bridesmaids dresses…and well, everything! On the other hand, fewer guests means that if you have the money, you can really lavish them with nothing but the best.
  2. You will only spend your day with people that you really want to share it with, rather than feeling pressured to invite almost everyone you have met in your entire life. Plus…
  3. You will be able to talk to everyone properly AND still be able to sneak away at times with your new husband to take everything in, and really enjoy the day
  4. Without having to worry about squeezing in dozens of tables, the choice of venues open to you increases, and you can be much more creative in your selection.
  5. You can really focus on attention to detail with a smaller wedding party, whether it is individualized place settings, invitations or favours. These little touches will make your day so much more memorable.
  6. There is less to organise logistically, i.e. transport, table plans etc, leaving you more time for the enjoyable tasks.
  7. With the chances being that your costs will have shrunk, you can really splurge on the honeymoon if you wish, and make the most of your first few weeks together as husband and wife.
  8. Or why not hold the whole wedding abroad? Destination weddings automatically reduce the size of the wedding party.
  9. Why not go the whole hog and elope? Running away to Gretna Green or grabbing strangers off the street to act as witnesses has always held a kind a romanticism (well, for me at least!)
  10. Lastly, from all the wedding reports that I have read, having fewer guests creates a more relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, and really allows the bride and groom to enjoy their day, which really is what it’s all about in the end.

What do you think? Agree, disagree, let me know.





Hello there,

This is a brand-new wedding blog, designed as a place to provide advice, inspiration and ideas for your wedding (as well as an excuse to look at pretty pictures when you should be doing something much more constructive).

I myself am planning my wedding for next spring and have found myself developing a slightly worrying obsession with wedding blogs, and can happy wile away many hours drooling over beautiful pictures of English-country garden inspired wedding shoots, dreaming of  handmade bunting and making endless lists and notes of things that have inspired me.


Something that has caught my attention are the smaller, more intimate weddings. It provides so much more scope for originality, attention to detail, and from the wedding reports I have read, lends itself to a more relaxed and personal day. Therefore, this blog is dedicated to the smaller wedding, however, if you are planning a larger wedding I’m sure you will still find plenty of inspiration here.

So please, do read, comment and get involved. I would love to feature some real-life weddings, simple and elegant, rustic, beautiful, individual, quirky…I’d love to hear about all of them! So please do get in touch (contact details are on the Real Weddings page), and without further ado I shall leave you to explore my small wedding wonderland.