Written by: Olivia Riddle of CallaRose Planning
If you look up “intimate wedding” on Google, you’ll find a wide range of definitions but one that resonates the most is “a celebration with a smaller guest count (typically no more than 50 guests) that centers its focus on the couple and their relationship rather than the production and formalities of traditional wedding days.” Modern couples seem to be shifting more towards these types of weddings in an effort to make the most of their budget and spend their money on what is most important to them. While intimate weddings include a smaller guest count, they can still be elegant, elaborate, and full of unique personality.
When crafting an intimate wedding celebration these are some of the key things we consider:
Here are some tips to make sure all of our couples can choose and invest in the things that matter most to them.
When it comes to intimate wedding days, design takes center stage. We believe in weaving the couple’s essence into every detail. Beyond traditional centerpieces, consider personalized elements that are uniquely “you.” Picture a backdrop that tells your love story- perhaps a timeline of your journey together, or an installation of love letters exchanged throughout your relationship. These design elements will spark conversations and forge deeper connections among your guests.
Another idea would be to incorporate your love story into the very fabric of your celebration. Customized linens, cloud like drapery, or a table runner featuring your initials and milestones are subtle yet significant touches. For an intimate garden wedding, hanging floral installations and gorgeous unstructured centerpieces that symbolize your growth as a couple can be both breathing and meaningful.
The choice between a bustling dance floor and a more intimate atmosphere can be a delightful dilemma. If you find yourselves torn, let’s explore creative solutions that strike the perfect chord. Imagine a dance floor that transforms into a cozy lounge area with plush seating. It’s where the energy of the night evolves organically—from the livelier beats of dancing to more intimate moments shared under a starlit sky.
If you or your guests aren’t as keen on dancing (something common for more intimate wedding celebrations)- consider a live acoustic performance during dinner, serenading your guests with melodies that resonate with your love story. The key is to create an ambiance that mirrors your unique connection.
The decision to host your intimate wedding locally or at a des:na:on is an exciting one. Each offers its own set of enchanting possibilities. If wanderlust beckons, imagine exchanging vows on a secluded beach with the ocean loved ones, or atop a mountain peak with breathtaking panoramic views. Destination weddings provide the opportunity to infuse local culture and traditions into your celebration, creating a truly immersive experience.
On the other hand, a local wedding can be equally enchanting when personalized to showcase your hometown’s hidden gems and beloved spots. Consider hosting your intimate wedding celebration at a historic venue, a charming garden, or a picturesque vineyard. Local weddings offer the convenience of accessibility while allowing you to share your love story with your cherished community.
When it comes to the duration of your celebration, we wholeheartedly advocate for a wedding weekend—an extravaganza of love that unfolds over several days. This approach allows you and your guests to savor every moment, turning your wedding into a cherished memory.
Kickstart your intimate wedding weekend with pre-wedding activities, such as welcome dinners and personalized excursions that showcase your locale. The rehearsal dinner becomes an intimate gathering, setting the stage for hearfelt toasts and shared laughter. The wedding day itself can be a culmination of all the special moments leading up to it.
A wedding weekend offers a classy and enjoyable way to celebrate your love story. It provides ample time for relaxation, reflection, and reconnection with loved ones, ensuring your wedding is not just an event but a meaningful experience.
Intimate wedding receptions are not merely gatherings; they are celebrations of love stories, crafted with intention and creativity. At CallaRose Planning, we specialize in turning these intimate moments into timeless memories. We believe that understanding the core purpose of an event is key to making it memorable and meaningful. That’s why we offer not only expert planning but also videography services to capture every cherished moment. In a world where time flies, our goal is for you to relive your special day and fall in love all over through the lens of our creative videographer, Cameron. Whether it’s through personalized design elements, dance floor dynamics, destination dreams, or weekend extravaganzas, we are here to curate an experience that speaks to your love story.
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