The small and intimate wedding

One of the hot predictions for 2013 is smaller weddings. It is no surprise in these uncertain times and I talked about this way back in early 2012 that for many couples the big do is financially just not on the agenda.

I’m all in favour of the smaller wedding, inviting only your very closest of friends and immediate family means you get to spend the day with the people who mean the most to you. It also means that you can afford to do something a little bit special when you are only catering for small numbers.

Choices of venue are much wider for smaller parties, think outside the box, libraries, small country house hotels, a room in a local pub, a restaurant or one of the many quirky cafe bars that have sprung up all over the country. Then, of course, there is always the option to have a destination wedding.

With travel on my mind I just had to share the latest range of wedding stationery designed by Nikki Ward, the brilliant designer behind Knots & Kisses, whether you decide to get hitched at home or abroad I think this is a lovely retro set that you can pick from.

For more travel theme inspiration and to see the full range visit Knots & Kisses blog and website.

If you want to carry the whole travel theme on then think about decorating your venue to reflect it – love this books, globe and flowers centrepiece and with only a few tables to decorate you can really go to town.

Also wanted to share these images for a pared down wedding table, shot by Jose Villa and featured on Style Me Pretty, this shoot was done for SMP’s new book.

I love the stark simplicity of the wooden tables, mismatched chairs and all white flowers, an easy look to replicate in a small venue. The continental courtyard look can be achieved by hiring out a smaller venue with a conservatory or orangery.

My final share is an idea for buttonholes, instead of the usual flower I rather like the idea of the button pin, kits to make these are inexpensive and readily available on line and you can buy maps for any country in the world to make your pins.

To finish the whole travel theme idea off, have you considered having a honeymoon fund instead of a wedding gift list? Many couples already have all the household items they need and would welcome a contribution to their honeymoon. There are specialist companies that can arrange this for you, just type honeymoon registry into Google, or you can do it yourself. My son and his wife did this for their wedding and when they returned they chose a picture from their honeymoon and printed it up on to postcards to send to all their guests to thank them.

Are you considering a smaller pared down wedding? Perhaps you have chosen an unusual venue for a smaller party – would love you to share your ideas with me below in the comments :)

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