Let’s talk about small intimate weddings. A lot of people when they think of a wedding they imagine a huge affair with loads of guests. But small weddings can be just as amazing albeit a lot less stressful to plan.
Covid has put a huge dampener on 2020 with a lot of what we take for granted taken away from us. This has had a huge impact on weddings this year and we are only just now getting back to some normality with a limit of 20 guests now being our new normal. A new normal that we all now need to adapt too.
A lot of my couples are now thinking ahead and changing there plans to suit our new normal because who wants to reschedule for a 2nd or 3rd time when everything is just so uncertain.
Eloping has become huge within the wedding industry with couples choosing to marry in the highlands with just two witnesses then having a huge reception later on. Eloping is an amazing option for your wedding, planning your wedding around yourselves or even a few guests whilst having some incredible memories photographed at the same time. Then planning a reception or vow renewal once this covid crisis has passed.
Small intimate ceremonies with 15 or 16 guests is also another option and one you should speak with your venue about. This option is another favourite with a few of my couples who have now opted to do just this, and plan a bigger reception later on next year.
I have photographed many small weddings and I am going to show you some images from a wedding I photographed a few years ago at the rosslea hall hotel to give you a feel of what a smaller wedding can be like.
Julie and Geoff decided they wanted to marry in Scotland and bring over a few of their family and friends from their home country of Ireland. They booked the rosslea hall hotel and planned their day with 18 guests.
They booked a half day package with me. This package meant they had me from morning preparations until after the speeches before their wedding breakfast.
Upon arriving to start the morning preparations it was a little over cast outside but it was just like any big lavish wedding, there was hustle and bustle, laughter and loads of excitement from the flower girls. Julie was kept busy by having her hair and make up done, and the boys who were also getting ready in the hotel were having a lot of fun too. I took them outside for some images around the hotel grounds and the sun began to break though the clouds just in time for the ceremony.
With everyone seated and ready, Julie walked down the isle looking absolutely breath taking. Their ceremony was intimate, short and absolutely perfect for what both Julie and Geoff had wanted for their day.
We then headed around the grounds of the rosslea hall hotel to capture their personal portraits, Geoff decided he actually liked having his photograph taken and posed for some really amazing images which Julie found really funny.
We then went back for the group images ahead of the sit down meal and boy do the rosslea hall hotel know how to cater for a small wedding.
They had changed the conservatory around very quickly from the ceremony and the centre of attention was to the large oval table that has been set up and planned to utter perfection for the sit down meal. The attention to detail was impeccable.
They also had a beautiful cake which they cut before dinner and a table set up with photographs of loved ones who had passed.
Julie and Geoff had planned the most romantic and intimate wedding with only 20 guests and it was an amazing day to be apart of and everyone there had the most amazing time. The amount of detail that went into this wedding was utterly amazing.
With the restrictions in place at the moment a small wedding is 100% achievable, and if you are still looking to have a huge reception plan one for 1 year later and have a vow blessing with everyone there who couldn’t be at your small intimate wedding.
I have also now included a smaller covid friendly wedding package to suit those having smaller weddings.
Remember Love isn’t cancelled, only covid can stop your plans if you let it. Marry now, Party later!