Handwritten and personalized thank you notes on top of each plate. Each note would be written differently . I saw somebody do this and they hired a calligraphy artist to write them. It was really beautiful.
A saxophone player that does top hits for dinner music if he’s in your budget. Photo booth or cigar roller Dessert station or candy bar with your favorite treats
Hi ! Looking back at my wedding I'm telling myself it would be such a good idea... just celebrating love without the whole stress.. ;-)
Anyways, personalised notes are a great idea! Then you can even make a speech and talk about every one of your guests. You can have a painter who would do your portraits, like the that glitter thing... A photobooth maybe. Some games to involve everybody..?
Honestly, the thing I love best about small weddings (my own and others I have attended) is how much time the happy couple have to spend with each guest/all the guests. That fact on its own will make your intimate wedding memorable and enjoyable for everyone. It's definitely fine to add other special touches, but I would remember that you are already most of the way there.
I'm kinda late but we're doing our ceremony really small too, and I wanted to do something that felt personal to us. We are doing hand written cards, as well as putting together small baskets to help everyone relax and enjoy (we're doing destination @ Disney World). For an idea, we added candles we handmade with personal labels, got personalized popcorn buckets for everyone and included a candy mix of me and my husband's favorite snacks. We also added DVDs of some of the classic Disney movies to make it fun. Honestly, whatever you decide to do just be true to yourself.
I think small weddings, by their very nature, tend to be more memorable because the host to guest ratio is so much smaller, so the couple is able to interact with and spend more quality time with all of their guests, and guests feel like the special "chosen few" that the couple wanted to spend their wedding day with. If I'm one of 20 people at a wedding I feel a lot more important than if I'm one of 200.
I also think being really intentional about table assignments helps folks feel valued. If you make a conscious effort to sit people near each other who already know each other, have stuff in common, have similar personalities, etc they will naturally fall into an enjoyable conversation and your whole wedding is more fun than if you are sitting next to random strangers and struggling to have a conversation and be social.
We had 47 guests at our wedding and that number felt appropriate to us! Many of our guests remarked on how much they liked meeting our other guests.