Planning a Teeny, Tiny Wedding.
How to Get Married When You’re Young and Broke? Well, you can always have a small wedding.
Who doesn’t want a wedding that’s meaningful, impactful, and full of memories — memories that make you absolutely giddy for joy when you think about them, right? You want the same, don’t you? We thought so!
Apart from the obvious benefit of saving a ton of cash on a one-night affair, here are some other reasons to consider tying the knot the tiny way. Not that we are against big weddings or big weddings cannot connect a bride and groom with their guests, it just gets exceedingly harder the bigger your guest list is, the louder the music is, and the later the evening is. There are so many perks to having a small wedding.
Not everyone might be thrilled you’re having an intimate wedding. Feelings might be hurt when you limit the guest list. The easiest way to create an atmosphere where you (as the bride and groom) feel connected to your guests is to limit the number of people you want to celebrate with, it also allows you and your guests to have more intimate social interactions. One of the best ways to create a beautiful and curated experience where you’re able to reflect and take time to spend with your partner is to simply cut out the extra “stuff” including those extra guests. Less People, Less Formalities.
Hold the ceremony at home, or outdoors. Renting a building or function hall for your ceremony and reception can be very expensive. Not having to fit hundreds of guests under one roof means that you are free to get creative with your venue. Instead, consider using your own home (or the home of a parent) or maybe your partners roof, or the garden you grew up running in for your ceremony. This will make your day even more sentimental and meaningful.
Every wedding, no matter the size, will need food, staff, rentals, some décor, and entertainment, so keep those basics in mind as you’re making plans. So much thought goes into the details of a wedding, whether large or small. Instead of spending boatloads of money on flowers that will die shortly after the reception, keep it simple but elegant. As you’re determining the details, decide what is important to you and your partner and skip the things that don’t matter. Know your crowd and replace it with an activity everyone will enjoy. You can easily mix some of the add-ons that couples try to squeeze into their budgets. You might even skip the formal invitations. Call each of your guests personally to invite them to your wedding, or send handwritten letters.
If you’re hiring people to provide services for your reception (musicians, florists, caterers, photographers, etc.), offer to advertise for them in exchange for helping you out. Put a small card by each person’s place setting that lists the businesses responsible for each service at the wedding, along with their contact information. People ask so many questions, where’s the food from, I love the decoration who helped you? Who’s taking the pictures? You won’t have to answer any of that.
Now comes the food, why spend SO much money on 10 different dishes? Do the catering yourself, or ask your family, (Khallas, mamis or whoever you’re close to) to help. They will almost always go the extra mile to make your wedding special and are generally more understanding of your particular budget needs.
The dress… Well, most people I know have spent so much money on their wedding dresses that they can hold 10 small separate events with money they spent on the dress they just wore ONCE. No hate, but I wouldn’t do that. If you need help picking a shaadi jora, let us help you. … Psst, you should totally invade your mother’s closet, why not customise your mom’s wedding dress a little bit and wear it? If not, you can always use your imagination and design sense when it comes to wearing clothes. You know what you like, you know what you want. So why not design it yourself? Trust me that’ll save you tons of money.
Planning a smaller, more intimate wedding allows you to say no to the excess. Less paper waste, less food waste from a large buffet where everyone piles their plates high, less unnecessary drama. After all, marriage is about celebrating the love between you and your significant other with the people you truly care about. A small wedding can still be filled to the brim with joy thanks to less fluff, less fuss.