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Weddings come in all shapes and sizes, perfectly crafted to fit the special couple’s wants and desires. Some couples thrive in the energy of a crowded room, and others may feel more comfortable in a smaller setting. That is why it is important to consider what kind of atmosphere you and your future spouse desire for your wedding before creating your guest list. There are benefits and drawbacks to both big and small weddings, so it is important to weigh your options in deciding what size wedding you prefer.

Big Weddings

Many young girls dream of having a big extravagant wedding when they grow up, and there are many advantages to doing so. Planning a big wedding means that you get to be surrounded by everyone you care about without having to go through the excruciating process of narrowing down your guest list. Having many guests at your wedding can be a sweet sentiment when looking back through pictures and remembering all the people who helped you celebrate your big day. Additionally, inviting more guests means receiving more gifts and enjoying a grand party as a finale to one of the happiest days of your life.

However, there are a few drawbacks to having a large wedding. Planning a wedding is expensive, and every guest carries a dollar amount. Whether it be for dinner, drinks, take-aways, or seating arrangements, the more people you invite, the more money your wedding will cost. Moreover, bigger weddings require large venues and reception halls, which are typically more expensive to rent. A big wedding truly requires more of everything, including your time and attention. It is important to consider the length of your engagement when planning a big wedding to ensure you have allotted a sufficient amount of time to make all the preparations necessary. Another aspect to reflect on is how much time will be dedicated to tending to your guests, and if inviting more people would take away from time with your spouse. After all, when it is all said and done a wedding should be a fun celebration for the bride and groom.

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Small Weddings

Although often not as glamorized as large ones, small weddings carry a level of intimacy and sentimental value. With only their closest people gathered, the bride and groom can feel at ease knowing they are fully known and loved by each person present. Smaller weddings, naturally, cost less and do not take as long to plan. Because there are less people to consider, small weddings tend to have more attention to detail in decorations and traditional practices. Another benefit of a small wedding is that the bride and groom can speak with each of their guests and thank them for being a part of their special day, without feeling overwhelmed. The rapport between the couple and their guests in a smaller wedding makes the day that much more festive.

As with any size wedding, there are some downsides to having a small wedding. One of the difficulties of having a small wedding is the process of narrowing down your guest list. When it comes to keeping your wedding intimate, it is difficult to choose who makes the cut and who does not. Although planning a smaller wedding is typically less stressful, trying not to hurt anyone’s feelings when deciding who to invite can be a difficult process. However, it is important to remember that your wedding day should bring you joy, and everyone is there to celebrate you. Another downfall of having a smaller wedding is that you may regret having not done more for your special day. After all, you (hopefully) only get married once. 

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Whether throwing the wedding of the century, or keeping your ceremony intimate, choosing what size wedding is best for you and your future spouse is an important aspect of wedding planning. This decision is ultimately up to where you want to invest your money, time, and attention on your big day. So keep it small, or go all out, either way your day will be one to remember. 

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