Posts tagged #Wedding Ceremony

Does Size Matter?

Now that I have your attention... I'm talking about why small weddings totally rock!

Reason #1 - With a smaller guest list, you can afford to be more fabulous.

Having a small wedding does not mean you can't afford a big wedding. It means you can get more bang for your buck. Let's say youe wedding budget is $25,000. Sure you could have 200 guests in an catering hall with a $60 per plate menu and average centerpieces, but wouldn't it be an amazing reception with 75 guests enjoying a $125 per plate menu and amazing entertainment surrounded by incredible decor? OR you can put the extra money toward the photographer of your dreams.

Reason #2 - You can save a lot of money.

With a smaller guest list, you save on food and favors. You'll have fewer tables, so you will save on centerpieces and table linens. You won't need as many invitations, wedding programs, or escort cards. Can you see the savings adding up already?

Reason #3 - You can celebrate with the most important people in your lives.

When you limit the guest list to your closest family and friends, you allow yourselves time to really share the joys of the day with those you hold dearest to you. You actually get to spend time with everyone at your wedding. You probably don't remember your father's coworkers who you met once at "Take Your Daughters to Work Day" when you were 12 anyway.

Reason #4 - You can host your wedding in more unique venues.

Some historic mansions and art galleries are only able to accommodate 100 guests or less. If you are hosting a very small reception (I'm talking 25 - 30 guests), a wine cellar or private dining room could be the ideal location. The beach is another welcoming place for an intimate ceremony.

Reason #5 - You can make your wedding more memorable for your guests.

You can add more personal touches. Your guests can actually get to know one another. I heard of a bride who wrote individual notes to each guest to personally thank them for coming to her wedding and to tell them about the other guests seated at the table that they may not know (great conversation starter).

BONUS REASON - The bride is less likely to turn into a BRIDEZILLA.

An intimate wedding will feel less like a major production and will be less stressful for the bride.

Let’s chat more about this in person. Contact us to schedule an initial meeting.

Until then…

Glitter Wishes & Unicorn Kisses!

Posted on March 11, 2019 and filed under Wedding Planning, Wedding Coaching.

I'm Engaged! Now What?


Are you newly engaged and wondering what to do next?

The very first thing to determine, even before setting a date, is whether to have a religious or civil ceremony. 

That might sound simple, but it could be a difficult decision if you are of different faiths. If this is true in your case, then: 

  • Speak to clergy from both of your religions, and ask if they are open to co-officiating.

  • If one (or both) is not, ask him or her to refer you to a less conservative member of his or her denomination.

  • To find ministers who specialize in interfaith ceremonies, contact the Unitarian Universalist Association

Many religions require that every engaged couple attend premarital counseling for several weeks, sometimes months. Find out about these requirements before setting a wedding date.

If you decide to have a civil ceremony, then make sure the officiant can perform a legal union in the state where you will be married.

A few officiants we happen to like here at Trilogy Event Design include:

(It is just a coincidence that they are all women.)

Many religious ceremonies require a payment in the form of a donation. Civil celebrants will either have a fixed rate or a customizable package rate.

Once you have decided on the type of ceremony, then you can choose the type of venue for your ceremony: church, chapel, synagogue, a museum, art gallery, restaurant, hotel, your home, a beach, a park, barn... the list goes on and on.

Some religious officiants will not perform the ceremony outside of their house of worship. Be sure to ask about this before making a commitment.

We’ll be back soon with more useful tips and interesting tidbits to help you plan an amazing event. If you can’t wait, feel free to schedule an initial meeting to discuss the details for your special day.

Until next time,

Glitter Wishes & Unicorn Kisses!

Posted on February 11, 2019 and filed under Wedding Planning, Venues.