A micro wedding usually consists of having under 15 people in attendance. Tying the knot surrounded by your nearest and dearest sounds like a dream come true to a lot of couples. Creating an intimate wedding day doesn’t mean it will be any less incredible. It can actually make it even more special.
A small guest list means you can go all out and have the best time with your closest friends and family. Our small wedding reception ideas and micro wedding reception entertainment ideas mean your big day is guaranteed to go off with a bang!
From a logical perspective, one of the biggest benefits of having a smaller guest list is you will be saving a lot of the budget. This means you will have more money to spend on other elements of the day including your wedding dress, catering, wedding favours and entertainment. Better yet a small wedding could also mean a destination wedding!
Alternatively, you could save the money for a gorgeous honeymoon or many couples put the extra cash aside for their house. Either way, a ‘micro wedding’ means you can have an incredible day without breaking the bank.
Small Weddings With An Intimate Feel
The first step to hosting an incredible micro-wedding is to find a venue that will suit a smaller guest list. You don’t want your guests to be too cramped and equally somewhere too big can create an odd atmosphere. By choosing a medium-sized venue, you have plenty of space to set up a dining area and dance floor where guests can enjoy themselves.
We feel that an intimate wedding calls for plenty of decoration to bring the room alive. Draping coloured material from the ceiling means the room will feel more full, whilst fairy lights give it a whimsical feel. Flowers at a wedding are popular for a reason, they add a wonderful pop of colour that looks great in photos. Explore the 10 Most Popular Wedding Flowers.
Intimate Wedding Reception Ideas With a Personalised Touch
Having a smaller guest count means you can hand-select each individual attending. Only the nearest and dearest friends and family will attend your wedding which will make it extra special. This means that throughout the day you will be able to spend one-on-one time with each guest.
When you look back on your wedding day, you will remember each face that attended. A smaller guest list means you are eliminated from any obligations when inviting people. You won’t have to invite a distant cousin just because you attended hers, for example. If you regularly see this person and feel comfortable having them in your home one-on-one, they could qualify for your intimate wedding.
With only 15 guests, you can make each person feel really special. One of our favourite small wedding ideas is to handwrite a letter for each attendee detailing your relationship and why you feel so blessed to have them attend. Personalised wine glasses and plates are a nice touch which the guests can take home to remember the day by.
A smaller wedding means you will be saving money which you can use for more luxurious wedding favours. Instead of a generic gift, you could tailor each one to the guest and the relationship you share with them. The best thing about a small group is they will appreciate even the smallest details that you chose to include for your wedding theme which make the guests feel appreciated.
What Do You Do At A Small Wedding Reception?
Smaller wedding drinks receptions create a far more relaxed atmosphere, where guests have more chance to connect with each other. If you want to keep things interesting, think outside the box for your entertainment. Allow everyone in the room to make a speech, including fun anecdotes and memories. This is a fantastic way to connect with everyone and even bring a tear to your eye.
Small Wedding Reception Ideas
If you need inspiration, Pinterest has hundreds of suggestions for intimate wedding entertainment ideas. With fewer wedding guests, you can incorporate plenty of fancy cocktails and nibbles to enjoy, plus just because there are fewer guests, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance!
Create a dance floor in the room, take requests from everyone and throw some shapes! If anyone is musical, ask them to bring their instrument and give a live show! Or, if your guest list has room for it, consider hiring a live wedding band to get everyone up on the dance floor.
We offer a range of wedding packages that contain everything you will need for a truly exceptional day that you will remember forever.
Our Intimate Package is available for 15 people for just £1995, with a larger guest list of 30 from £2995. Our Intimate Package includes:
- Civil Ceremony room hire
- Use of the hotel grounds
- Exclusive use of the Chatterley suite
- 3-course wedding breakfast
- Complimentary room for the Bride and Groom
- Personal Wedding Coordinator
- Master of Ceremonies
(Pricing correct as of September 2020, please contact us for up to date pricing information)
Your wedding is the most special day of your life so give it that extra sparkle with Eastwood Hall.
How Can I Make A Small Wedding Reception Fun?
Small is beautiful! Treat your guests to some luxurious food, from fancy entrées, food trucks to the sit-down meal you’ve always wanted.
Top this off with some expensive champagne, fruity cocktails or a selection of fancy craft beers. Don’t feel you have to follow wedding traditions, particularly with this unique day. The wedding cake cutting is a pinnacle of the day, but you don’t need the classic white tiers.
Why not try cupcakes for easy eating, pies or even stacks of pancakes with a variety of toppings? Go for something memorable which will look great in the photos! Speaking of, remember that the photographer will count towards your number of guests. Or, if you’re shying away from the idea of a photographer, a photo booth will never go unappreciated by the wedding party!
With this in mind, you could ditch the professional photos all together and give each guest a disposable. Not only will it be cheaper, but after the wedding, it will be a wonderful surprise to see the photos everyone took!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our blog on small wedding ideas. Don’t forget that cutting numbers doesn’t mean less fun. An intimate guest list combined with a beautiful venue, good food and better company will make a magical day. By focusing on fun for each guest and tailoring your day to a smaller group, you will have an unforgettable intimate celebration.
Why not take part in an unplugged wedding? Many couples have decided to ditch phones altogether in order to enjoy the day without distractions. There are so many ways you can make your big day extra special and our team at Eastwood Hall would love to be a part of it.
If you are interested in our Intimate Wedding Celebration, you are in safe hands with our team. We have hosted many beautiful days and have all the experience to make it go off with a bang. Eastwood Hall is surrounded by 26 acres of picturesque grounds, setting the scene for your love story.
Our local venue in Nottingham boasts a beautiful country house with rooms that can be decorated and tailored to you.
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