This year I worked with a few couples who had decided to go against the ‘norm’ and organise a much smaller, much more intimate wedding witnessed by only a few friends and family members. Organising any size wedding by yourself can seem a little overwhelming so I asked Rebecca, who I photographed back in the summer to share her top tips on planning an intimate wedding on a budget. Here is what she had to say.
- Take time to find a venue that really gives you the feels and you can truly imagine your day there (especially for an intimate wedding like mine as it was a huge part of the experience for everyone)
- Once decided, visit the venue a few times to get a good feel for it to plan logistics, decor, food, chat to the staff etc. and take pictures to help with the planning at home.
- Make to-do lists and a spreadsheet for the finances- this really helped keep money under control.
- There’s so many amazing high street wedding dresses nowadays, which is great if you don’t want to spend a fortune. I bought a dress from Next for £199 and got it altered into my own unique dress! I also bought a second hand dress from Shpock (it had only been worn for 1hr so was good as new) for £30- absolute steal! So I wore both.
- If you’re prepared to get a bit creative you can also save a ton of money on all the the extra bits that can add up. I got flowers from Bloom & Wild and made my own bouquets, the cake was from M&S, decorations (mostly fairy lights, lanterns, candles- we kept it simple) were from the Range, we made our own music playlist, and we did our own hair and makeup.
- It was one of the hottest days of the year so to help avoid heatstroke we took bottles of water and hand fans (last minute order from Amazon) which went down a treat.
- It’s so worth having a photographer to capture those intimate moments throughout the day- I cried with happiness when I saw my pictures! Research photographers well and know what style you want. Meet up with them to see if you’ll be comfortable having them with you on such a private/intimate day.
- Everyone says ‘it’s your day, do what you want, invite who you want’ and it’s true; we originally started planning a traditional wedding with 100 guests. The costs and personal reasons led us to scrap that idea and just have our immediate family there. We don’t regret it one bit; it was personal, everyone we truly loved was there, and we all hung out together all day & night which would be impossible with 100 people to speak to. People were really understanding and some even said they wish they’d done it that way.
- Get some games/entertainment for kids- you will thank yourself.
- Cliche, but take a minute to look at everyone you know all together in one place- it’s bizarre and heartwarming at the same time.
A massive thank you to Rebecca for sharing these tips with us. I had so much fun working with both Rebecca & Darren on their special day and would absolutely love to return to Painswick Rococo Gardens someday to photograph another wedding.
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