Big and Festive or Small and Intimate: Wedding Size Pros and Cons

The Pros and Cons of a Large Wedding versus a Small, Intimate Wedding

Wedding planning can be very intimidating and stressful for most couples. A lot of things have to be considered: the date, theme, food, guest list, entertainment, decor, etc.

People may spend years dreaming of their perfect wedding and creating Pinterest boards, but sometimes forget to consider the size, location, and budget when it finally becomes a reality.

Can’t decide on the size of your wedding? You should first consider the budget. If you can afford to spend more, then you can have a huge wedding. However, if you have limited funds, then it’s best to have a small wedding.

Need more help deciding? Check out the pros and cons of each so you can decide.

Pros and Cons of a Large Wedding:

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Pro: More wedding gifts.  Although this is not the reason for inviting people and some guests opt out of gifts completely, it is a good way to get started and build a home as a newlywed couple. Buying things can be costly and it’s easier to receive more when you register for them.

Con: The wedding plans require more effort. The grander the wedding, the more planning it requires. You have to plan the decor for a bigger venue and also the necessary seating arrangements.

Pro: The size of the guest list is irrelevant. If you are concerned about the guest list, or money is no issue then a huge wedding is a great option. You can invite as many guests as you want and not feel guilty for excluding some people.

Con: It can be expensive. Fact: the bigger the wedding the bigger the bill. It requires more food, seating, tables, giveaways, etc. Furthermore, the more guests, the bigger the cost and that can be challenging.

A wedding is a momentous occasion and it has to be carefully planned. Make it more memorable by choosing the perfect venue, whether it be a small or big wedding.

Intimate and Sweet:  The Trend Toward Smaller Weddings

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Pro: A smaller wedding feels more intimate.  Since you are only inviting family and close friends, you won’t need to spend much time talking to your guests. Instead, you can have very meaningful conversations and enjoy the company of people close to you.

Con: Lacking the “party” vibe. Because it is smaller, it can feel less of a big event and grand celebration and more of a “chill” affair with close friends and family. Encouraging people to dance and have fun may be more challenging, since you have fewer guests to entertain.

Pro: Stress level is lower. It is easy to plan a small wedding. You can easily find and reserve a wedding venue with fewer people. Also, the food expenses are less and you don’t need to worry about limiting your options.

Con: A smaller guest list. Sometimes having a smaller guest list can offend people. You have to carefully choose who you can and cannot invite.

The Lake Manor, Morgantown’s Premier Small Wedding Venue

If you would like to have an intimate, romantic location for your wedding, then please consider our premier venue in Morgantown, West Virginia, The Lake Manor.

Questions?  Contact Katie today!  304.777.2594