5 little tweaks to elevate your small wedding

If you planned your wedding prior to the pandemic and now need to re-adjust, or you have always dreamed of a small wedding, here are 5 little tweaks to elevate your small wedding.

Have some photos of your nearest & dearest there

For the family members & friends who can’t make it- find some photos of them which you might already have on your phone, get to your local photo printing place (many Walmart stores have one) and find some cute frames to put them in. Gather them together on a table during your wedding ceremony for a lovely touch. Those family members would love to be included in such a way!

Don't be afraid of negative space.

Sometimes less is more. It’s easy to get carried away with decor and filling all of the space you have. Just take a moment, step back and really envisage you being there on your wedding day, and decide whether you need ALL of the decorations, or just a few here & there. You could save a small fortune and not have to worry about reselling things afterwards.

Get creative with venue options

If you’re downsizing, don’t need your enormous conference centre and won’t get penalized for cancelling, then look to find a more intimate and romantic venue, off the beaten path. There are many hidden gems in your area if you look beyond the large branded venues. Or why not take it to a backyard?

No music? What about lawn games?

Some restrictions when in force may require wedding to have no music, which is a real shame. However, find a way to still have fun. What about some DIY lawn games? There are plenty of options to choose from.

Get personal

Without a huge guest list, you have more time to create thoughtful touches. It could be handwritten invitations & place cards, arrangements of hand-picked flowers. Then your guests could each take their own little part of your day away with them.

As an Alberta wedding & elopement photographer, I've seen and experienced a wide range of different wedding days, from elopements to backyard weddings. If you'd like to chat about how I can help tell your story, then get in touch!


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Sam Wildridge is a candid + lifestyle photographer / filmmaker based in Wainwright, Alberta. Sam has been capturing wedding, family + corporate photos for 9 years and defines her style as "organic storytelling".


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