5 Benefits of an Intimate Wedding

May 27, 2020

For Couples

Hello Friend and Welcome to another edition of the Intimate Wedding Series! This series is designed to showcase exactly what an intimate wedding is, what one entails, and how we can make you intimate wedding tailored exactly to your needs.

Last week we started off with “What is an Intimate Wedding?” so check out that post before digging into today’s content!

Today we’re focusing all on….

The Benefits of an Intimate Wedding

Having an intimate wedding is all about having a Small in Size but Rich in Story experience and I TRULY believe that. Having an intimate wedding comes with it’s own benefits that are worth mentioning and celebrating.

There are important aspects to point out about an intimate wedding day that you may have not thought of before:

01 |Quality time with your favorite people

By inviting just your closest family and friends you can spend one-on-one quality time with the people you love. A wedding is all about being surrounded and supported by those you love most and there is no better way to do that than with an intimate guest count. By keeping your guest list small you can avoid all those awkward conversations with distant relatives or family colleagues that you really don’t want to have. By keeping it small you know exactly who you’re going to be spending time with on your wedding day.

02 |Quality Details

This is a big one! When you have a smaller guest count you can make every. single. detail. count! I don’t know about you – but I’m a details girl, and I want everything I have at my wedding day to contribute intentionally to my story and not just take up space.

So what can that look like?

Beautiful personalized paper goods

  • You can create custom invites to send to your family and friends getting them excited about the wedding experience you’re creating.
  • Personalized “thank you” cards at every guests seat to let them know how special they are to you.
  • Custom vow books that are as unique as your love story
  • A beautiful welcome sign and seating chart that showcases the experience your guests are about to partake in.
  • Keepsake ceremony programs that you can look back through years to come feeling the story you created on your wedding day.

To get more ideas for all the ways you can personalize your invitation suite and paper goods, listen to my Talk About It Tuesday with Lairsey Paper Co. as she shares all the ways you can really tell your story through stationary.

Incredible florals everywhere you look

Flowers are SUCH a beautiful and important part of the wedding experience. By having a smaller guest count you can really allow your floral budget to cover:

  • The bouquets and boutonni√®res of your dreams for you and your bridal party to hold.
  • Statement ceremony pieces that transform your guests into a new place.
  • A curated floral design that brings your intimate garden dreams to live at the dinner table.

To hear more beautiful ways to tell your story through floral design listen to my Talk About It Tuesday with Whitewolf Floral Design! She has a heart and passion for telling small but mighty stories.

Your dream tablescape

So often we connect over meals with family and friends – and having a meal over an intentionally designed table….it doesn’t get better than that. By hosting an intimate wedding you can carefully pick out all your favorite elements to celebrate with:

  • Linens
  • Dinnerware
  • Flatware
  • Chargers
  • Candles
  • Vases/Vessels

Goodness…there is so much creativity that goes into the tablescape process that the possibilities are really endless!

An intimate wedding ensures that you contribute intentionally to your story with only the highest quality details and thought.

03 |A heartfelt ceremony

Traditionally at large weddings the officiant and maybe one or two people speak, BUT at an intimate ceremony you can really create the experience you want. You can sink into the time you have with those present. You can relax knowing your most important guests are present and even allow them to share a few words and create a more inclusive ceremony experience.

04 | A more relaxed experience

By surrounding yourself with your closest people you can relax your shoulders and take a deep breath because THIS IS IT! These are your people. Since you have more time to chat with each guest and soak in your surroundings you can really enjoy the experience and not worry about missing anything or having to say hello to Aunt Judy before she takes off for the night.

An intimate wedding ensures you focus on relationships and your story opposed to putting on a show.

05 |More time to create amazing portraits with your photographer

Selfishly this one is my favorite, but by having a smaller guest count you can create more breathing room in your timeline so we can get creative and fun with your bride and groom and family portraits. I’m ready to run with you in fields, do some dancing, hop on a boat across the lake, and get creative with the space you have to again tell your unique story.

At the end of your wedding day you leave with your spouse, your memories, and your photographs. So let’s ensure your images match the beautiful story you want to tell.

Want to dive deeper into the benefits of an intimate wedding? Read more from these vendor friends:

Georgian Hall, Lindsey Kayal + Maddie Dean

Whitney with Whitewood Events

Taylor Dawn

Tune back in next Wednesday as we continue on the #IntimateWeddingSeries and dive deeper into what an intimate wedding looks like!

Have questions about hosting and planning your own intimate wedding? Leave them in the comments below or email us at hello@amandaoliviaphotography.com and we’ll be happy to help!