Who said bigger is better when it comes to weddings…I say smaller is the way to go!  Your wedding should be filled with close friends and family; its not the time to meet your 4th cousin on your mothers side. And you shouldn’t have to get married in St. Patricks Catherdral to hae eoungh seats either.  There are lots of benefits to a more intimate affair…here are the ones that made us keep our weding guest down to 99 peeps!
  • MORE SPACE
The smaller the guest list, the larger the venue possibilities. Think of all the sites you have to choose from: (cruise ship boat, snazzy restaurant, art gallery, or even your parents’ backyard). The larger the party, the more likely you need to stick to traditional event venues that are adept at working with large numbers of guests.
  • MORE FAMILIAR FACES
If your friends are what truely make you happy, then minimizing your guest list to 100 or less will definitely take the stress level on your wedding day down a notch. A lot of anxiety is poured into hosting a party for people you may just barely know bypass all the angst by including only those you know personally. 
  • LESS IS MORE
Narrowing the guest list doesn’t have to mean skimping on the wedding, you can actually get more quality for your money. Why blow your budget on numerous bottles of Prosecco for hundreds when spending the same amount on Dom Perignon for 100 may be your dream way to toast your wedding?
  • GUESTS MAY HAVE A BETTER TIME
When your party has an intimate feel, your guests might feel more comfortable with each other too. Chances are they may already know each other, but even if they don’t, crossing paths more than once throughout the night will make it easier for guests to meet and mingle.
  • YOU MAY HAVE A BETTER TIME, TOO
How many large weddings have you attended where your conversation with the bride and groom encompassed a kiss on the cheek, a compliment about the wedding and then a good-bye as they moved along to the next table of guests (this description may be even shorter if you only get to speak to them on a receiving line)? When you’re hosting a smaller affair, you get to spend time with each and every person you invite—how luxurious is that?

Best wishes & happy planning ~
Melissa Fife
914-426-5650