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Keep the guest list small
This is an obvious point but it’s worth mentioning since it can be so easy to invite everyone you love, or at least like. Take the time to go through your guest list and ensure that you’re inviting people who you deeply connect with and with whom you want to spend a special evening. You can start at inviting around 15 to 20 people but keeping the upper limit at 40-50 maximum ensures for a small yet cozy night.
Send personal invitations
Intimacy is all about connection. Instead of a group email, an event website, or generic invitations, you might want to consider personalizing and/or handwriting each invitation with a unique message to each guest.
Select the perfect venue
Ambiance is everything when it comes to planning an intimate wedding. You want to ensure your wedding venue is equally close and comfy as you want your night and guests to feel. A small and stylish restaurant space is one option as is an intimate gallery space or someone’s backyard.
Arrange intimate seating
There are two ways you can go when you plan an intimate wedding: either create less seating space, so guests are forced to mingle and interact with each other, or arrange seating that evokes closeness, like a round table or lounge area, or a u-shaped table. You can also incorporate both approaches. The main idea is to help promote more connection between the guests.
Treat your guests to personal gifts
It might be your event but everyone deserves to feel a little special. A small yet elegant wedding favour for each guest lets them know just how much you appreciate them and sets the tone for the special night.
Formal events have a lot of traditions to uphold. If you’re looking to have an intimate night, think more casual and relaxed. This might mean sharing the spotlight with your guests or letting them be involved with the prepping and planning of your intimate wedding. Maybe ask your guests to participate in some of the event’s activities whether it’s through speeches, games or entertainment.
An intimate event calls for more conversation and connection, which means you want to dial back on the noise. Not only do you want to ensure your venue is quiet but you also want to reduce as many distractions as possible. This doesn’t mean you have to exclude music like a small band or DJ — just make sure it allows flow and openness to the night.
Pay attention to the details
With a smaller group, you can pay more attention to the details and invest more time (and money) in creating the most elegant and memorable ambiance.
Incorporate personalized items into the night
Because you have such an intimate guest list — and most likely know each guest personally — a nice touch would be to include personalized details, like handwritten name tags, or a custom place sitting. Even adding some personal photos to the centerpiece, or throughout the venue, is a fantastic idea that lets people feel part of the festivities.