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Brienne, on June 15, 2020 at 9:39 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 3 44
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Anyone else having a very intimate wedding? Like less than 30 guests? I want to have a small reception but it seems like a waste to put a lot of money into a venue...any ideas? Anyone else have a small wedding and know how to have a nice formal wedding for a very small guest list? I thought about going to the courthouse but I want an actual wedding.

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Latest activity by J.T., on July 7, 2020 at 2:55 PM
  • Michelle
    Expert May 2021
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    My guest list is at 24. I am doing a destination wedding in Jamaica at a small boutique resort. I didn’t really decide on the DW because of venue savings, but it was a nice silver lining for me (maybe not my guests lol) because the guests are staying there the only fee I pay is for the minister, day of coordinator, ect. Of course I pay for food flowers ect. Most of my guests, covid aside, have been excited to go on the wedding trip and I am excited for my guests to experience our favourite place. DW are not for everyone but it is allowing me to put all my money into the actual wedding....food, drinks, welcome gifts ect.

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  • Rebecca
    Devoted June 2021
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    A lot of restaurants will do a great job of hosting a small, formal wedding (and the food is usually fantastic!). I would google some local places and call and see what options they have.
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  • Brienne
    Beginner July 2021
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    I considered a DW, i haven’t locked in a venue yet but wanted a Paris honeymoon. It’s definitely a good idea.
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  • Brienne
    Beginner July 2021
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    Thanks! 😁
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  • A
    Devoted July 2020
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    We are renting a cabin and having everything there. We have 19 people, including our 5 (3 kids). Mostly his family. Its going to be beautiful!
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  • Brienne
    Beginner July 2021
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    I love that idea!!
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
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    Pp suggested private dining rooms for restaurants and that's a good idea. the other thing is some restaurants that have patios might rent that part out too.

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  • Brienne
    Beginner July 2021
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    Yeah that’s a good idea, I think I’m leaning that way.
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  • Jai Butcher
    Rockstar May 2020
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    We got married in an outdoor garden then had a reception at our apartment. I've heard of many people renting out an air bnb to host their ceremony/reception
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  • Gina
    WeddingWire Administrator April 2021
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    Hi Brienna,

    I agree with the suggestions above. There are so many different options for smaller ceremonies! I'm really excited to hear what you decide. Be sure to keep us in the loop!

    Sending lots of love your way!

    Smiley heart

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  • Marisa
    Master October 2021
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    We’re having approximately 25-30 guests and ended up renting an AirBNB for the weekend that will accommodate the ceremony. Afterwards we’re having a reception at a bakery/cafe that’s part of a larger venue.

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  • Breann
    Devoted June 2020
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    VRBO and Airbnb! Filter by places that allow events (and have >1 bathroom). Much cheaper than a venue

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  • Maria
    Dedicated April 2021
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    We’re doing the ceremony at a beautiful garden, we have the garden for 2 hours and then we’re going to a restaurant that have a private room for a maximum of 30 guests, btw our list is just 20 guests.
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  • Super August 2020
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    We're doing a small wedding (15-16 people) this year because of coronavirus, but we still wanted it to feel real. It's going to be in my parents' back yard (you'll presumably have more than 2.5 months to plan, so you have lots of options). We rented a tent, tables, linens, etc. and we're having covid-friendly catering followed by an ice cream truck. We'll also have tons of flowers including an arch, and hopefully a photographer to document the day.
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  • Brienne
    Beginner July 2021
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    Thanks! ❤️ I am definitely thinking of a restaurant private room right now, I really want to get married in a church so that seems to make sense Smiley smile
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  • Brienne
    Beginner July 2021
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    Yeah my guest list is at 20 right now. That’s a good idea.
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  • Shel
    Just Said Yes October 2021
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    Literally in the same position we are looking at smaller venues and it’s still so hard to find anything that’s within our budget. Good luck with your search!
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  • L
    Expert September 2020
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    You can still go to the courthouse then have a wedding reception! Youre right though I probably wouldnt book a real venue for 30 people cause of all the fees, try a hotel, or a church or community center
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  • Marisa
    Master October 2021
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    We just found out that as things stand currently with max capacity our venue can normally accommodate 49, they would have to operate at 50% capacity so our guest list would have to be 24 or less, so we may have to scale down on our guest list.
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    Savvy November 2020
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    Parks are great for small weddings and some restaurants will let you do a low key reception
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