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Small wedding reception ideas | Why intimate weddings are so amazing

08/12/20

If you are planning on tying the knot over the next few months, you will be hosting a ‘micro-wedding’ of under 15 people. 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 mean your big day will 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 and wedding favours. Alternatively,  you could save the money for a gorgeous honeymoon, when safe to do so, 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 wedding ideas

The first step to hosting an incredible micro-wedding is to find a venue which 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, socially distanced if needed. 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.

Small wedding reception ideas

Intimate wedding ideas

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 to 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 create 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 which make the guests feel appreciated.

What do you do at a small wedding reception?

What do you do at a small wedding reception?

Smaller wedding 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 everyone and even bring a tear to your eye. If you need inspiration, Pinterest has hundreds of suggestions for small wedding ideas. With fewer guests, you can incorporate plenty of fancy cocktails and nibbles to enjoy. 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!

If you want to save money on the wedding to use for the future honeymoon, the house or for a rainy day, a smaller guest list ensures you won’t break the bank. Our wedding packages contain everything you will need for a truly exceptional day which you will remember forever. Our Intimate Package is available for 15 people from just £1195, with a larger guest list of 30 from £2995. This tailored package includes Civil Ceremony room hire, use of the hotel grounds, exclusive use of the Chatterley suite, 3-course wedding breakfast, a complimentary room for the Bride and Groom and a Personal Wedding Co-ordinator and Master of Ceremonies. Your wedding is the most special day of your life so give it that extra sparkle with Eastwood Hall.

What do you do at a small wedding reception?

How can I make a small wedding reception fun?

Small is beautiful! Treat your guests to some luxurious food, from fancy entrées 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 tradition, 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. 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!

How can I make a small wedding reception fun?

Small wedding reception ideas conclusion

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 apart 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 which can be decorated and tailored to you. Our team are well versed in COVID-19 Safety measures and precautions so you can book with us in confidence. For further information, have a look at our COVID-19 Wedding FAQ’s or visit our dedicated webpage.

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