“When going small, think big!” This is how Beth Jacobs, owner and creative director of Beth Jacobs Weddings & Events, is advising her clients who are in the midst of wedding planning and we could not agree more. “With lower guests counts in effect, the sky really is the limit with adding layers and texture to your event design, entertainment, and catering choices to really wow your guests,” Jacobs shares.
We turned to the pros to find out their secrets for turning your intimate wedding into a level-up party. Read on for more insider intel from Jacobs and from Stacey Watson Earle, founder and creative director of Watson & Co. Events.
Now Is the Time To be Totally Extra.
“All the add-ons that may have seemed out of reach with guest lists in the hundreds are now extremely feasible for intimate gatherings; from showstopper floral installations, luxury stationery details, all the things on your tabletop wish list, and the list goes on,” Jacobs says. Take a moment to think about what you really really want to see at your wedding and make it happen. Watson Earle recommends investing in your table settings and centrepieces with lush florals and deluxe chargers, linens, glassware and cutlery—it’s the best way to get yourself an Instagram-worthy wedding. “Invest some serious time into designing your tables with your wedding planner and florist, as decor can be both very luxurious and cost effective when only a few tables need to be decorated,” Watson Earle says. “Handwritten place cards or a single flower stem at each place setting are elegant and memorable details your guests will love. Make sure you consider a gorgeous backdrop for your head table or sweetheart table. Whether it’s a gorgeous view, beautiful architecture, elegant draping or florals, it’s well worth the effort to think about how you want to frame your table in particular, as it is the center of attention for all your guests.”
Make The Mood Luxe With Lighting
We know that flowers create an atmosphere, but so too does your lighting and an intimate wedding necessitate added attention to detail with the element. “Candles are my favourite way to make a statement and also fun to get creative with,” Jacobs says. “Elevate your candles to a coloured taper or pillar and maybe up the quota you have at your reception. Think of it as brining your Pinterest boards to life and creating your dream wedding gallery.”
Invest In An Unforgettable Menu
“This is the time to indulge in your food and beverage,” Watson Earle says. “Add oysters, have champagne passed to guests during cocktail hour, add a fun signature cocktail or specialty drink and curate some fine wines to serve with dinner. Elevate your three-course meal to a five-course dining experience. Guests always appreciate good food and drink and you can never go wrong spoiling your guests with the best of the best!” Jacobs agrees and loves the idea of opting for more arty cuisine. “Keep your guests’ jaws on the floor with refined portions and more courses to keep wow them and keep conversation flowing.”
Don’t Skimp On Photography Or Videography
You may think because your wedding is small, you might not need as much photography or any videography—wrong! “Portraits of the bride and groom are the most important part of your wedding photographers’ job at any wedding; since your photographer will likely have less family photos to take, you may have more time to focus on romantic and intimate portraits of you,” Watson explains. “Find a unique or breathtaking location near you and get creative. Then get fabulous photos of that dress, those table settings and that gorgeous ceremony.” As for video, think of the production not just as a film as one of the most important days of your life, but as a way you can share that day with guests who could not be with you. “Though online platforms do offer a wonderful way to live stream your wedding, there is no comparison to professional production quality capturing your wedding day in detail. Ensure you book a same day edit or a highlight reel with a quick turnaround time with your videographer so you can send something to family and friends while waiting for the full wedding video.”
Get Creative With Your Musical Options
Entertainment is something that is looking different with intimate weddings but there are many wonderful options to consider and Jacobs says one of the best is adding strings to your day. “Consider hiring a string quartet to add some of whimsical ambiance to your celebration. It will add to the mood and the unforgettable experience of your wedding day.”
Give Thoughtful Gifts
Watson Earle says sending guests how with an extra-special treat is a wonderful way to spoil them. “Food and alcohol are by far the most appreciated favors. “Boxed macarons, mini champagnes and mini hand-painted cakes are gorgeous favors which are always appreciated by guests. Before you invest check with your venue to learn their policies regarding outside food and beverages. Providing personalized hand sanitizer and masks are another fabulous way to make guests feel safe and welcome, while adding that extra-special touch.”