by Jane Stans
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For couples that are thinking about having a very intimate wedding with only their closest friends and family in attendance, something simple will do. Instead of looking at massive churches, reception halls or ballrooms, your focus should be on small wedding venues. There are a number of venues that would be perfect for gatherings of up to 100 people. The amount of guests will determine the size of the venue. If you only have 50 people on your guest list, you can look for a place that’s even smaller although the one that fits 100 should be just fine.
Small wedding venues are generally a lot more affordable than the average sized venue. If the budget does not allow for an extravagant wedding, there are plenty of fantastic smaller venues to consider. Having a smaller wedding does not make it any less important or special. In fact being among an intimate group of people who mean the most to you will make your wedding truly memorable.
Popular small wedding venues include a chapel, garden, historical house or building, inn, bed & breakfast or even your favorite restaurant. Just because they are suggested does not mean that the one in your city or town is suitable for a wedding. Do you have a place in mind? Check with them first to see if they have ever done weddings? Is it possible to book a private party and whether or not they have the proper equipment and supplies you will need.
Other small wedding venues you should consider include wineries, the rooftop of a building, an art gallery or even your home or the home of someone close to you. These are definitely not conventional locations for a wedding, however with a little bit of imagination and some careful planning, any place can be transformed into the perfect venue for a wedding.
Small weddings tend to be less formal than your typical wedding. However it’s still important to be able to properly accommodate your guests, wine and dine them, and provide them with the usual entertainment. You have to make sure that your guests will be comfortable during the ceremony and reception. Is this place allowed to have catering? Do they have an area big enough to act as a dance floor? How is the lighting? All these questions and more should be brought up before you end up booking the place.
If the owners or manager of the small venue you booked do not have a lot of experience dealing with weddings, it is your job to inform them of things that are needed are required of them. Check in with them throughout your wedding planning process to ensure that all of the small details will be worked out. It’s important that you let them know about things like what type of decorations to use, how the caterers are going to set up, what kind of equipment the band will be bringing, etc. This way you don’t run into any unnecessary problems days before or the day of the wedding.
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