How to Plan An Intimate Wedding Without Leaving Anyone Out

Real wedding photography courtesy of Melissa Johnstone & Niall Scully.

Smaller weddings are becoming the new norm and it may be the scope and style of party you’ve decided is right for you. However, once your process of wedding planning begins you likely will quickly realize an intimate celebration that includes just your very closest family and friends for a wedding ceremony and intimate brunch or lunch or dinner may not be as easy to make happen as you thought—there will be some people who won’t be invited who think they should be and will definitely be peeved they’re excluded. So how do you deal?

One simple way to have everyone attend your wedding without actually having a seat is to set up live stream of the ceremony. This modern addition to your day allows guests to watch you walking down the aisle and saying you “I dos,” but you don’t need to worry about packing everyone into your venue. Although a live stream may seem removed from the wedding day, by inviting your guests personally to watch you are still including them in your moment. Sending out a live stream invitation is one way to show that you’re still thinking about your loved ones and want them to be part of the bliss, in a different way. The live stream invitation can be a variation of your actual wedding invite, which can include the URL and times for the live stream event. You may even mention those watching at home on your big day. This variation of an invitation shows that you were thinking of everyone and want them to celebrate with you in this untraditional way.

Another way to involve guests who did not attend your day is by hosting a causal post-wedding party. Consider having it at your home or renting a hall for a daytime celebration and invite everyone on your extended guest list to celebrate (no open bar or formal seated dinner required!). Have a set menu of apps and drinks, display your wedding photos and catch up with everyone who want to wish you well in your newly married life. With a few tweaks and a special invite, all of your guests, from those seated in the pews to those watching from home, will still feel involved and celebrate you day!

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