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Why an INTIMATE Wedding Should Be Your Goal

BY GUEST BLOGGER CRYSTAL ADAIR-BENNING

After fifteen years of producing every kind of wedding imaginable for me it all boils down to something really simple…

The BEST weddings I’ve ever planned, attended or been part of were INTIMATE. They had heart, lots of meaningful details and were exactly who the couple were. They included only the couples nearest and dearest; no more, no less. They picked elements that made sense for them. That spoke to the kind of people they are.

INTIMATE weddings are often thought of as small but not always. Intimate weddings are in my mind more about the feeling you get while attending. Sure, size does help in this regard but it’s more about the experience you leave your guests with.

Here are my tips on how to make an INTIMATE wedding:

  • Details count. Personalize the menus. Write handwritten thank you’s. Genuinely show gratitude to each and every attendee.
  • Make TIME for your guests. Skip the extended photo shoot timing between ceremony/reception and get photos done beforehand so you have more time to spend with your guests.
  • Touch everything. Customize your wedding meal. Choose your wines carefully and thoughtfully. Tailor your bar offerings to only your favourites. Use your grandmothers cake recipe.
  • Keep it as small as possible so you truly can spend time with those you love the most.
  • Be proverbially joined at the hip to your new spouse. Today of all days you want to share it… together.

If you are having a very large cultural wedding true intimacy may not be completely possible but here are some ways to make your large wedding feel smaller:

  • Manage your space well. Use as much of it as possible and include lounge areas for guests to congregate and mingle.
  • Details still count. Personalized menus are a lovely touch and having bridal party members escort guests to their seats even more so.
  • Attend your cocktail hour and be present. Don’t just “hang” with the bridal party but truly be a social butterfly. This still means photos prior to ceremony to avoid gaps.
  • Make larger personal statements (skip the photo montage… sorry, nobody truly cares) but do serve your favourite foods, customize a wedding favour, make a charitable donation that’s important to you, work with only your favourite colours/florals.
  • Take time throughout dinner to go table to table to thank your guests for attending.
  • Be sure to send timely thank you notes (handwritten).

How will you make your wedding more intimate?


ABOUT CRYSTAL ADAIR-BENNING
The original Planner of Once-in-a-Lifetime Awesomeness brings global experience and vision to our clients big day. Her ability to see the bigger picture including all of the small intimate personal details in making your wedding come together is what makes her a natural leader for your celebration. Any wedding planned by Crystal will be creative, filled with love and swoon worthy!

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