“We’re just doing something small.”
I’ve heard this come from a bride-to-be’s mouth on more than one occasion and it always makes me a little bit sad. There’s a certain look in her eye as she says it, her voice trailing off, which makes you think there’s so much more to the story. Sometimes there’s family drama. Sometimes there’s just no budget. Sometimes there’s unspoken wishes and a desire to not make waves. Whatever the case, “doing something small” doesn’t have to mean regret or sacrifice.
Small weddings can be just as beautiful and wonderful as large showstopper weddings. We’ve built our entire business around that belief. They can be a big celebration of love and family, just as well as a big elaborate wedding. Here are some of our favorite tips to ensure your small family wedding is the celebration you’ve been dreaming about and hoping for.
Of course we’re going to start here. You need to go somewhere! It doesn’t have to be exotic, it doesn’t have to be glamorous, but you have to make your wedding feel special and that starts with your venue. Have you gone on a “staycation” before? If so, you know you don’t have to break the bank or travel very far to feel like you’ve done something a little extra special. The same goes for your wedding venue. Backyard weddings can be pretty and the local reception hall is nice, but for your small family wedding why not choose a location that has something more to offer?
Permission to Splurge
A small family wedding is practical from a financial standpoint, but even if you’re sticking to a strict budget, you can usually find something small to splurge on. Our packages include practically everything you need for a dream wedding, which allows you to focus your attention and a little bit of your budget on the fun details. Maybe you want to give your family a special way to remember the day, so you spend a little more on favors. Or maybe you want to toast the occasion with a much nicer bottle of champagne than you usually drink. It’s one of the most important days of your life, so make sure you find a way to make it extra special.
Everyone does dinner and drinks. On the one hand, it’s what guests have come to expect and probably look forward to when they attend a wedding. On the other hand, it can be underwhelming. If you want to break the mold with your small family wedding, why not try something different like a brunch wedding with a mimosa bar? Or, how about sliders and build-your-own bloody marys? What if you hired a food truck? There are so many directions you could go with the menu and it can be a great way to turn something a little boring and expected into something fit for a celebration!
Here’s something a lot of people don’t talk about. Many couples go into the wedding planning process thinking that they’re going to get to choose everything. The honest truth is, most vendors end up trying to sell you a package or experience that is very cookie-cutter and often has nothing to do with you. Custom requests take more time, and can cost more, so they would rather not go that route.
This is sad because your dream wedding probably looks nothing like another bride’s dream wedding. That’s why we encourage couples to add personal touches to their wedding day. We sell wedding and elopement packages, but we’re always eager to hear your story and incorporate your wishes into the day. Want a specific song played during your ceremony? Let’s make that happen! Want to start at sunset or sunrise and line the aisle with garden lanterns? Beautiful. Want to offer your guests a signature cocktail? We love that idea. If something speaks to your heart, make it known. It’s those details that you (and your guests) are going to remember forever.
Burruss Mill Falls is the perfect choice for your small family wedding or elopement. We love providing couples with an unforgettable venue to start their lives together. In addition to our gorgeous waterfall backdrop and serene wooded setting, we offer everything you need to create a truly memorable day. We’re here along the way to collaborate on any ideas you have and to help incorporate your personality into the wedding plans to make your special day a true celebration of love. Contact us today to book your date!