Intimate Wedding Inspiration | How to embrace a smaller wedding

Intimate Wedding Inspiration



In light of the UK Government’s recent announcement that small weddings and receptions for up to 30 people will be permitted from the 1st August 2020 (EDIT: this was the case as of 23rd July when we published this blog, although the government reversed these rules on 31st July and receptions will sadly no longer be permitted from 1st August) , we really wanted to take the opportunity to share our thoughts and provide some inspiration for couples that are considering having a more intimate wedding this summer. Yes some weddings may have been postponed and unfortunately cancelled, but now we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel and we are learning more than ever that love isn’t cancelled.

intimate wedding at Cornwell manorAn Intimate Wedding at Cornwell Manor, The Cotswolds

We will be the first to admit that we love filming large celebrations, and know that many of our past, current and future clients have always dreamt of having a big wedding. In fact, we have lost count of the number of enquiries that begin with “We are planning a big fat Indian wedding….”! However, we have been pleasantly surprised by the number of couples that are choosing to embrace the situation by considering to host a more intimate wedding this year.

arabic wedding abu dhabi uae wedding An intimate wedding ceremony in Abu DhabiAn intimate Arabic wedding in Abu Dhabi

As much as we do love large weddings, there are also many positives to having a smaller affair. An intimate wedding is incredibly personal as the focus of the day is 100% on you and your close family and friends, without the pressure of keeping many more guests happy and entertained. Weddings are all about celebrating the love of two people who are choosing to spend the rest of their lives together, as well as the joining of two families.
Can this be done in a meaningful way with just 20-30 people?
Of course it can!
In our experience of smaller weddings, the couple feel far more relaxed and are able to express their emotions around their close family and friends, allowing us to capture some incredibly special and meaningful moments.

An intimate Arabic wedding at The Ritz, London An intimate wedding at The Ritz LondonAn Intimate Arabic Wedding at The Ritz, London

On the more practical side, an intimate wedding can be less stressful to organise (which can also help emotionally from experience!) and be arranged more easily at short notice. They also allow for greater personalisation and there is much more flexibility within the budget. We have found that people are now finding room in their budget for videography as well as realising the importance of it too.

For all of these reasons Rachel and I decided to have an intimate wedding in Italy last year for 34 guests and the day couldn’t have been more perfect. We knew every single one of our guests and could really relax around everybody. We also had our legal civil ceremony in the UK a couple of weeks earlier with only 15 of us in total and we loved every minute of this too.
It is about what you do with the day and how you create the memories. It is what you make of it after all!

villa di ulignano wedding tuscany italyOur intimate wedding in Tuscany in 2019

It was also wonderful to see Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi tying the knot in a private ceremony in Windsor last Saturday. It looked like an absolutely beautiful wedding, and in many ways it is even more meaningful than a larger affair. We really hope that it will inspire many other couples to still get married this summer if they wish to. And for those that have always dreamed of a large wedding, there is still the option to wait this out, or the possibility of having a second wedding/reception to celebrate and party in the future with larger numbers of people!
Either way, we know it will be well worth the wait!

Much Love,

Rachel & Adam x

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