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.

boho wedding dress hanging up in bridal suite

handmade bouquets sitting in vases bridal suite

bride and bridesmaids getting ready in painswick hotel

  • 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.

bridal portraits in the bridal suite at the painswick hotel

groom waiting for his bride at painswick rococo gardens

bridesmaids wearing pale lilac dresses and holding hand made colourful bouquets

bride and her dad walking up the aisle at painswick rococo gardens

  • 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.

bride and groom confetti shot at painswick rococo garden

rococo garden

couple portraits at rococo gardens painswick

couple portraits at rococo garden

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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