Planning any type of wedding is undoubtedly full of decisions and emotions. One of the first things you’ll need to decide is the size of your wedding: As of 2014, the average couple invites 136 guests to their wedding, but there are just as many couples that prefer a smaller and more intimate gathering with only their closest friends and family members. If you’re having trouble deciding between a large, extravagant wedding and a smaller and more intimate wedding, we’re here to help. Here’s a quick guide to help you understand both the pros and cons of large and small weddings.
Large Wedding: Pros
The most obvious benefit of having a large wedding is being able to invite basically whoever you want without having strict limits. You won’t have to go through the trouble of narrowing down the list, which can be difficult if you or your fiance have a big family. Furthermore, a celebration with more guests will undoubtedly make for more memories and unforgettable experiences.
Large Wedding: Cons
A big wedding may not be within the budget of every couple. You’ll also have fewer venues to choose from. Normally it’s a good idea to book your wedding reception site as soon as possible once you’re engaged — at least a year to nine months before the wedding — but if you’re inviting an exceptionally high number of guests, you may have to book further ahead.
Small Wedding: Pros
One major benefit of a smaller and more intimate wedding is that you’ll have more options when it comes to venues. You can reserve a beautiful ballroom for your wedding, or you can look at countless reception halls until you find the place that’s truly your dream wedding. Plus, when planned properly, small weddings can be more affordable than larger gatherings, and the atmosphere may be more suited to your personality.
Small Wedding: Cons
Small weddings have their downfalls as well. As mentioned, it can be difficult to decide on a guest list, and you do take the risk of making certain people feel left out. It may feel like a missed experience that would’ve been more enjoyable if more people had been there.
Deciding on a wedding size isn’t easy, but understanding the pros and cons of each can help. For more information about finding the best ballroom for your wedding, contact Renaissance Miami.