How to make a small wedding look big

Like everyone nowadays, we are always hoping for the news that weddings can go back to normal and larger guestlists are once more allowed. Until that news is announced though, we have been lucky enough to hold a handful of micro weddings and they have all been incredible! A smaller wedding doesn’t mean you have to have any less of a celebration! We’ve put together a few tips and ideas to show how you can still make your special day as big as you imagined even with a smaller guestlist!


Throw Out The Rulebook:The first thing we recommend is to throw out the rulebook and all the old traditions you’d heard about weddings. You have both been thrown into a unique situation therefore it’s time to create a unique wedding that fits the two of you as a couple and the current times we’re in. As hard as it might be, try not to spend time going over what your wedding would have looked like with 100+ guests, sit down, start fresh and take ownership of your new exciting Micro Wedding! There are so many ways to still make your wedding intimate and personal and you might still be able to include some of your original plans/décor into your new plans.



Decor: There are so many ways you can decorate a venue to make both your ceremony and wedding reception room look like they were made to fit your Micro wedding. Choosing certain colours or bold shades and patterns can make your décor stand out and catch your guests’s eyes. You could also hire love letters or flower walls which really fill a room and can create a centrepiece for the room too. Creating your own photo wall can fill the space and you could also include photos of the two of you and your guests which will add a lovely personal touch. Using tall centrepieces for your tables can also add height and close the room in again by drawing attention to the tables rather than the emptier spaces in the room.

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2). Decor


Dance Floor: Even though your First Dance is the only dancing allowed at the moment, it might still be worth considering hiring a dancefloor. It might sound like money that could go to waste, but actually we’ve seen a dancefloor hired for the majority of the micro weddings we’ve had over the last couple of months and it really has made an impact. A dancefloor creates a focal point in the room and also adds to the mood lighting later on in the day. If you have hired a photographer for the day, it also makes the most gorgeous backdrop for your first dance when you are showing the photos to the guests who unfortunately couldn’t be there after the wedding.

dance floor


Draping: If your venue has a really tall or long room, using curtains or drapes to section off part of the room can instantly make the room feel smaller. It also creates a perfect background for photos which is always a bonus.



Food: You might have a larger budget per head now your guestlist is smaller. This could give you more scope for what you would like to serve as your wedding breakfast. If this is the case, consider choosing a menu that fills the table. This could include Afternoon Tea, Tapas Boards, Sharing Platters (providing that you only have one bubble seated per table) or even a carved joint of meat if you prefer a more traditional course. There may only be a handful of people seated at each table therefore, these styles of food will take up the empty spaces on the tables.

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Ceremony Seating: Fifteen or less guests isn’t many, but there are still ways to fill your ceremony room with love from your close ones. Consider going against the traditional rows of seating and try playing around with other seating options. You could place the seats in a semi-circle style or a full circle with the two of you reading your vows in the centre of your nearest and dearest. For those guests who couldn’t be there, ask your venue if it would be possible to set up a Zoom wall and have all your additional guests join in. This will also make the space feel smaller as you will have all their lovely faces smiling back at you.

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Wedding Reception Seating: By playing around with your reception seating plan, you may be able to make your reception room feel bigger too. Rather than having one long top table, you could simply have a sweetheart table where the two of you sit overlooking your guests. Additionally, rather than seating your guests altogether, you could seat one bubble/family per table which will add more tables into the room to fill it.

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7). Reception Seating


Cake Alternatives: You may not want to spend money on a huge wedding cake if there are only a few guests there to eat it. Wedding cakes sometimes act as the centrepiece of the room and you may be concerned that a one-layer cake might not be as eye catching. However, there are plenty of other alternatives that could help you to utilise the space you have at your venue. For example, a cupcake tower often works well as you are still able to capture the height of a taller wedding cake. Plus, they’re perfect portion sizes already for your guests! You don’t have to use cupcakes either, you could use anything, doughnuts, macaroons, brownies or whatever you fancy. A dessert or snack table is also another great alternative. You could use one long table for guests to help themselves and create a backdrop behind it to fill the room even more!

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wedding cake alternatives


Lounging Area: If you have two rooms to use at your venue but aren’t sure how to fill the smaller room during the speeches or wedding breakfast, then you could turn it into a cosy seating area for your guests. Your venue might have their own soft seating or lounge furniture that you could use or alternatively you could look at hiring a few seats or comfy cushions or bean bags in. These areas work really well for your elderly guests who may want a quieter area or possibly turn it into a kids play area if you have a few children attending the wedding to keep them occupied during the speeches.

9). Lounging Area


Low Lighting: Clever use of lighting also works really well in bringing a room in and making it feel smaller and more intimate. You could use fairy lights and go mad with different styles and lengths. Alternatively if your venue allow it, you could use candles or tealights for soft lighting.

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