The hottest trend in weddings: Smaller Guest Lists

T E N reasons to have a small wedding:

1. You get to celebrate one of the biggest days of your life surrounded by people who love you.

2. You can feel more relaxed on your wedding day. Because you’ll be surrounded by friends and family. Your wedding will feel more like a celebration with close-knit friends and family, than a production.

3. You can save money. You can save thousands of dollars by having an intimate wedding, which means you won’t have to go over your wedding budget.

4. You can splurge. Some couples choose a small guest list not necessarily because their budgets are small, but because they can pull out all the stops and have a truly lavish wedding. You get more ‘wow’ for less wallet with a small wedding. When you’ve got fewer guests, you can splurge on the things that really matter to you.

5. You have more options when choosing a venue. Since you won’t need a large space to accommodate your guests, many small wedding venues will be open to you. A smaller guest list means more creative venue options like bed & breakfasts, museums, garden, art galleries and restaurants.

6. You have more freedom to customize your wedding to your own tastes. A small wedding gives you the opportunity to get your creative juices flowingand make your unique wedding a reflection of the two of you.

7. You get to spend time with your guests. How many weddings have made you feel like a stranger fulfilling a social obligation? Small weddings aren’t like that. When the guest list is small,  the bride and groom can spend time with each of their guests, making them feel welcome.

8. You can make your guests feel at home. Because you will be able to spend at least some time with your guests, they will feel more at home at your wedding. Also, when the guest list is small, guests will have a better opportunity to mingle with most of the others. Chances are that many of your guests will know one another.

9. You can get your guests involved. A small wedding will give you the opportunity to get your loved ones involved in your special day. Also, it’s a lot easier pulling off a DIY wedding with a guest list under 75, than a big scale production.

10. You can have a wedding that people will remember. Because your wedding won’t be typical – the kind your guests have been to over and over again – your wedding is more likely to be remembered.

Wedding Napkin Fold

Time to save-up some money? Decide what type of napkin fold you like, enquiry to your venue coordinator and request them to do it for you!

You might not realize it, but wedding napkins are an important part of your wedding reception’s overall look and feel. There are a lot more options and decisions to be made in regard to your wedding napkins than you might think, so consider some of the following ideas when planning out your wedding reception tables.

Impress your guests with fancy wedding napkin folds!

Tents for Your Wedding?

Weddings are special events. It has to be unique on its own way. It could be the setting and/or the décor. To a certain extend, it is the way the tents are set or arranged to make the event unique. Using a tent for a wedding can allow you to host the event in the park, reservoir deck, back yard or property of friends or family.

Tents can be a great addition to an outdoor wedding for many reasons.  Not only can a tent greatly enhance the appearance of your wedding, it can also greatly increase the comfort of the wedding ceremony or reception by sheltering you and your guests from the unexpected ever-changing weather forecast and bugs!

Some pictures of stylish yet very different tented weddings with details of how the decor was acheived.

Traditional white wedding tent: simple and elegant with tan carpet, gilt chairs and traditional style flowers around the sides. What stops this decor from being boring is the green accent color from, unusually, the wine glasses, and a splash of gold on the roof.

Shabby chic: another very fashionable look. Here the style comes with traditional bunting strung across the roof, a chill out area with sofas and vintage style accessories.

Blackout: Blackout walls or ceilings with starlight lighting make for a very popular look in the UK right now. Here, a single blacked out wall with starlights is combined with more traditional ivory lining and fabulous red rose floral centrepieces to stunning effect.

Something really special: Lit all in red with light stencilling and raised table centrepieces with white ball lights, this tent really stands out.

 

Creative Ideas for Wedding Programs

One question: Do we need wedding programs? They are not a requirement, BUT programs are important—they give people something to look at while they’re waiting for you to walk down the aisle! I believe your guests may be grateful if you have one.

However, for certain ceremonies they are more necessary than others. For instance:

  • If you are having a religious or traditional wedding, with many guests who are of another faith or culture
  • If you are having a large wedding, where guests are unlikely to know the bridal party
  • If you are having a particularly long ceremony where guests will want to be prepared to wait a while
  • If you have many people who you need to thank

There’s no specific guidleine in making a wedding program. It can be exactly what you want it to be, whether it’s a thick booklet, or a single sheet of paper with only the most important details.

Different Styles of Wedding Programs

Feel like having one? Your guests also will be able to bring it back as one of the memoirs from your special day 🙂

Eternel Journey's Wedding Programs

 

Table Number Presentation

Some of you may have seen my DIY Table Number Projects. But do you have any idea how am I going to place it and make it blend in with the whole theme?

First thing come to my mind when I decided to make the table number on my own is simply because I want it to be something different, personalized with our names on it and also something which my guests able to see it throughout the event. Normal practice for banquet in Singapore is the moment the first dish is being presented, they will simply remove the table number & centerpiece for the guest tables (coz for the guest tables, the food is not plated per person, but they will put the whole portion in the middle – so they feel by removing the table number & centerpiece, it will give them more space when the waiter/waitress distributing the food to the guests sitting in that table).

So, I was thinking if I have a separate table number & centerpiece, it might be a disturbance for the guests when they want to get some more food from the center of the table. But how about just having 1 item? Can’t be creating too much blockage right?

Therefore, I decided to “locate” my table number “inside” the centerpiece. In this way, I need to come up with some ideas what kind of centerpiece suitable for my table number, coz obviously I can’t use the normal centerpiece arrangement.

Finally, here’re some pics of our table number plus centerpiece look like on the actual day:

Guest Table Number & Centerpiece without the Candles On

Guest Table Number & Centerpiece with the Candles On

For the VIP table, due to our rectangular shape arrangement, guests can directly spot on which one is the VIP table, therefore the table number there mainly function as an additional final touch only so we didn’t combine them with any centerpiece.

VIP's Table Number : The Bride & The Groom

If some of you were thinking how come the centerpiece hydrangeas looks purple-ish rather than blue-ish. This is due to the shipment that come. They are still blue hydrangeas in fact. So bear in my mind, if you choose flowers which is not season throughout the year (e.g. roses), small differences in color might happen, so try to overcome it by making sure the remaining of your decor carry your theme color well before hand.