If you have had your wedding plans changed by COVID-19, you may be feeling overwhelmed, or wondering how you can plan a beautiful wedding for a small number of people. Well; don’t worry, we have some tips to help you.
The experienced wedding team at Broadoaks have a few tips for you on how to create a Lake District wedding to remember for you and your closest loved ones.
Decide on the Guest List
This is the difficult part – creating a 15-person wedding party from all your friends and family is tough. Go for the people that mean the most to you. Do you care deeply about that person, and do they care about you? Don’t be worried about saying no to plus ones, either, or having a child-free wedding. Your loved ones will understand given the circumstances. For those unable to attend the ceremony, Broadoaks offers a live wedding streaming service which you can include in your wedding package.
Choose an Exclusive Use Lake District Wedding Venue
Smaller weddings feel much more intimate when you don’t have to share your venue with other couples. A venue that offers exclusive use to you will give you and your guests more privacy and will help you to feel relaxed. Fortunately, Broadoaks is an exclusive use wedding venue in the Lake District, this means you won’t have to share the space with anyone else. Broadoaks is also a great place for small weddings as it has such a flexible layout so you can exactly how you want your wedding to look and feel.
Don’t Worry About Tradition
Don’t worry about the tradition of having bridesmaids and groomsmen (unless you want to). You can always have your sibling or best friend fill the maid-of-honour and best man roles respectively and forget having anyone else in the wedding party – this saves you the hassle of having to organise dresses and suits for a larger group.
Consider a Weekday Wedding
A weekday wedding could save you a lot of money, and this is far easier to co-ordinate with less people. Some guests may find it easier to have a weekday off work at the moment. This may not be possible if you have guests working in some professions (like teaching), but it could work for your group of guests. In fact, arranging a date that works well for your chosen guests is going to be easier in general with such a small group. We have reduced rates for midweek weddings and special prices for exclusive use hire, all of which are featured in our wedding brochure.
Don’t Compromise on the Finishing Touches
Don’t compromise on the touches you’ve always dreamed of, just because there are less people. A smaller wedding may not be what you wanted, but you can still go ahead with your plans for attire, decorations, and food. With less guests, you may have a little more wriggle room in your budget, which means you can spend more in certain areas that you may not have been able to stretch to with a bigger wedding.
Embrace a Smaller Wedding
Although it’s a difficult time, there are plus sides to having a smaller wedding. You’ll know that the people there are the most important people in your lives, and they will feel honoured to attend. There is something intimate and special about a small wedding, and weddings in themselves are a joyful occasion, especially in the current circumstances – you will come away from your wedding with precious memories.