At its fundamental core, a wedding is the commitment of two people to each other, for the rest of their lives. The only essentials are you, your partner, a celebrant, and a couple of witnesses. Beyond that, everything else is optional. How many of those options you choose and how many people you choose to share them with is the key difference between a small intimate wedding and a grand affair.
Los Angeles catering companies are seeing an increase in small intimate events in 2011. Even though most brides these days want their wedding to be as big as it is important; the reality for some is that smaller more intimate affairs fit better with their theme and budget. Some couples want everyone they can think of to share in their joy and be a part of their special day. Others prefer a smaller affair with only their closest friends and family attending a very private and intimate event. Both options can create a beautiful wedding.
A small wedding may be smaller in scale, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be less expensive. Los Angeles brides are splurging on the small things! Some couples are choosing to have a limited guest list not necessarily because their budgets are small, but because they can pull out all the stops and have a truly lavish wedding. When you have fewer guests, you can splurge on the things that really matter to you. For some that might be an out-of-this world catering company, for others it might be a venue of their dreams or a designer wedding gown.
You will also find an expanded range of venue options with a smaller wedding. Small weddings can be held just about anywhere, you will be able to pick a venue that is meaningful to you. Since you won’t need a large space to accommodate your guests, you can get creative. Your favorite winery, museum, art gallery or bed and breakfast will all be able to accommodate you. Even top notch wedding venues and hotels have special rooms just for smaller wedding parties. The Galleria and Le Foyer lounges at Anoush are perfect examples of amazing smaller venues.
Benefits of a smaller wedding aren’t limited to location and price. A smaller wedding can offer you something more precious – time. You get to spend more quality time with your guests when there are fewer of them. How many weddings have made you feel like a stranger fulfilling a social obligation? Waiting in a reception line just to shake hands with the bride and groom that you’ve known since kindergarten. Small weddings aren’t like that. When the guest list is small, the bride and groom can spend time with each of their guests, actually sit down at the table with their guests and make them feel more like family than just invited guests.
A wedding, big or small is a beautiful day and the beginning of a new life as a couple. The key is to infuse your preferences and tastes to create a truly memorable day that reflects your uniqueness.