Featured Image: Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

When planning a wedding, one of the first things a couple usually has to decide on is the size. Do they want a small wedding or a large wedding, or do they want something in the middle? This very important decision regarding wedding size can impact many of a couple’s other decisions when it comes to their wedding. Whether it be budget, decor, amount of seating, menus, and countless other things, all of these decisions ultimately come back to the size of the wedding. Choosing the size of your wedding can be a difficult decision that requires you to consider many other factors as well. So, if you’re wondering what the differences between a small wedding and a large wedding are, here are just a few.


Typically a small wedding and large wedding will have very different price tags. Therefore, a couple’s wedding budget is obviously one of the most important factors that they must think about when choosing their wedding size. If they have a higher budget, this will naturally allow for a larger wedding size if that is what the couple desires. It’s quite intuitive that a larger scale wedding will cost more, whereas a small scale wedding will most likely cost less. The difference in costs will typically arise from things like venue costs and food costs, so it’s always important to consider your budget when deciding on the size of your wedding.

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Amount of guests

The size of your wedding will typically also dictate the number of guests that you can invite to celebrate your special day. If you are planning to have a large wedding, you will most likely have a large venue, so you will be able to invite more people. If you and your significant other know that you want to invite a lot of people to your wedding, it will probably be in your best interest to go ahead and plan a large wedding because this will allow you the freedom to invite more friends and family. In contrast, if you plan on having a smaller wedding, you may find that you have to be more strict when deciding on the guest list due to the amount of seating available. Maybe just inviting family and close friends would be a better option for you. If you plan on having a smaller wedding, you don’t want to cram a lot of guests into a small venue, so be extremely mindful of the number of guests you want to invite before choosing the size of your wedding!


Photo Credit: Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

Level of intimacy

Related to the number of guests that will be in attendance at your wedding, small weddings and large weddings typically have quite a different level of intimacy. For example, if you have 300 guests in attendance at your wedding, realistically you won’t get to spend a lot of personal time with all of your guests. This may be what you are desiring for your wedding, and if that is the case, it would probably be best for you to consider having a larger wedding. However, if you or your significant other want to be able to spend a lot of one-on-one time with your guests during your reception, it may be best for you to consider having a smaller wedding. Smaller weddings are well known for being more intimate, and it’s for this exact reason that smaller weddings have been gaining popularity lately. The number of guests at your wedding can really impact the feel and level of intimacy of your wedding, so really consider this when planning your special day!
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