Are you agonizing over whether to go all out and have an enormous wedding, or to keep things intimate, with only your nearest and dearest in attendance? Below is a list of the advantages of big and small weddings in the hope it will help you to make the decision that’s right for you.
A big wedding means you can invite everyone, from your parents’ friends to distant relatives. If you have an enormous family it may be hard to limit numbers so opting for a big ‘do’ can cut down on arguments over the guest list. There’s nothing worse than having your big day ruined by rows.
Big weddings also create a party atmosphere that can be hard to achieve at a small ceremony. If you’re envisaging a wild night with lots of dancing and revelry, then a big wedding is probably the best choice for you.
Venues can also have a big influence on the size of a wedding. If you have your heart set on a Georgian mansion or a turreted castle, you will probably opt for a large do to ensure you fill the venue to capacity.
Small wedding parties can be lost against grand backdrops and half-filled rooms could destroy any ideals you had about your wedding day; in which case, it is probably best to either expand your guest list or book a smaller venue
A small wedding is kinder to your bank balance. If your budget is tight, you may find you can get everything you’ve ever dreamed of if you limit the numbers. In fact, with a limited guest list you may even find you have pennies to spare; outstanding food could suddenly seem affordable if you are catering for less people, you could have more cash for your dress or even buy more expensive favours for your guests. What’s more, unlike grand country houses, opulent smaller venues don’t necessarily cost the earth.
Small weddings also tend to be less stressful. Transport and accommodation arrangements are instantly simplified with less people, and there are less special dietary requirements to talk to the caterers about.
Chances are that on the day you’ll have more time to spend with the people you care about most, including your spouse. Among a big wedding crowd it can be hard to find time to be together – even though that is what the whole day is about.
If even this sounds like too much bother, you could always opt for the smallest wedding of all – and elope.
Whatever size you settle on, your wedding insurance will offer financial protection in almost every case. If relatives are taken sick and you need to postpone the wedding, if heavy weather affects transportation needs, if your photos are overexposed or your dress is ruined, wedding insurance can help you recover the cost.