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Explore the pros and cons of both large and intimate weddings, and discover which style could be perfect for your big day.

Introduction

The decision between opting for a large, grand wedding or a smaller, more intimate one is a dilemna many couples face in the initial stages of their wedding planning. Both styles have their own unique charm and it ultimately boils down to personal preference, guest list size and, of course, your wedding budget.

Comparing costs of large vs small weddings

Large weddings, by nature, tend to be more expensive. The larger the guest list, the more you'll spend on food, drinks, and venue. Small, intimate weddings, on the other hand, can be more budget-friendly.

Typical Costs for Large and Small Weddings
Items Large Wedding Small Wedding
Venue $$$ $
Food and Drinks $$$ $
Decorations $$$ $

Pros and cons of intimate weddings

Small weddings can be incredibly personal and special, giving you more time to spend with each guest. However, you may face difficult decisions when it comes to the guest list size.

Pros

  • More time with guests
  • Less stress
  • More venue options

Cons

  • Restricted guest list
  • Less grandeur

How to plan a large wedding

Planning a large wedding involves careful organization. You'll need to consider large wedding venues and caterers who can accommodate your guest list size.

How to plan a low-key wedding

Low-key weddings offer more flexibility. You can consider non-traditional venues and personal touches to make your wedding unique.

Real stories from couples who chose large/small weddings

Many couples have found joy in both large and small weddings. We've shared some of their stories below to provide you with some inspiration. Real stories from couples who chose large/small weddings

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