Does size matter? Small wedding budget tips for your tiny wedding #Budgeting Advice#budgeting#small wedding August 31 2016 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Are you saving your pennies in a wedding fund jar? We've got a whole big archive of money-saving advice for wedding budgets. Cutting costs, steering clear of the WIC bloat… it's all in there for weddings of all sizes. The biggest wedding budget advice we've heard? Cutting that guest list. It's not always feasible, but when it is, you'll see that budget plummet. Here are our small wedding budget tips specifically for your tiny wedding. If you're having a "yuge" wedding, worry not, we've got tips for you here. But let's move on to the tiny wedding budget tips… Skip the extra wedding party and family gifts When it comes to small guests lists, you'll be able to spend more time with each guest, thank them profusely for their attendance and help, and generally be able to thank them in non-monetary ways. If your wedding party and guest list are big, it's easy for gratitude to get lost in the sheer amount of people. If it's smaller, you can find other ways to thank those you love instead of spending cash on gifts for everyone. Skip the favors Similarly, you can opt to skip the wedding favors entirely. Since the wedding itself with skew from the usual, it doesn't have to focus on that "favor at every place setting" standard. Focus your budget priorities on something else, like delicious food. Guests will be happy with a fuller belly. 7 tips on stretching your wedding food budget We know that you can NEVER have a shortage of budget-stretching ideas. I previously gave you these recession-friendly wedding budget ideas, but let's get food-specific in this installment, shall we?… Read More Skip the formal decor When the guest list is smaller, the venue options can get wider (most of the time). This means funkier decor, restaurant spaces that are already full of whimsy, and generally less need to make it a big, formal, decorated party. An intimate space can provide all of the atmosphere you need, allowing you to forgo heavy decor and centerpieces. This also means a whole lot less hassle setting up! Skip the ultra pricey gown With less guests around in general, nobody will have any trouble seeing who the bride is among the rabble. You can opt for a less formal gown, a fun, short dress, a rockin' pantsuit, or any outfit that makes you feel awesome. You'll likely just have less pressure to buy a super expensive, formal gown. At least that's the theory. 22 money-saving ways to stretch your wedding budget as far as it'll go No bullshit: planning a wedding is MURDER on your wallet. It's truly ridiculous. I also want to help you! So here are a few ideas on how you can stretch… Read More Skip the wedding program It's a small amount of people, you shouldn't have to do too much explaining of who's who. Skipping a printed program in favor of a big sign, chalkboard sign, or nothing at all, should totally suffice for a smaller wedding. Plus, you won't have to see a ton of expensive printed programs left during clean-up — always a plus. Downsize your catering needs A small guest list opens up tons of opportunities for a cake and punch reception, a food truck feast, and generally less per-head costs. Instead of a formal plated dinner or buffet, you could consider a small plate dining experience, a coffee bar and pastries reception, or ask a foodie friend to help cater it (if the guest list is small enough). When you keep things small, guests are usually less likely to expect the normal food experience. Just make sure to explain the food sitch in your invitation or on your wedding website. 6 ways to stay positive with a tight wedding budget My fiancé Ryan proposed to me the day after he graduated with his bachelor’s degree. We have been together for seven years, and both of us are eager to start… Read More Are YOU having a small wedding? How is it helping your budget? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Executive Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Ring and a date: How to make your own wedding rings with a pre-wedding getaway NEXT Not a necklace, not a shrug: it's shoulder jewelry Show/Hide comments [ 8 ] In lieu of wedding party and family gifts, I wrote a personalized letter to each person who helped make our wedding happen. It took some added time and effort, but the recipients really appreciated the recognition (and it had the added benefit of saving us money that would have been spent on gifts). Reply LOVE this idea! I hate giving people cheap things that just hang around until the guilt of throwing away the [x] [y] gave to me finally fades. I know our friends would prefer something more personal like that anyways! Besides, how often does one get to write a heartfelt letter anymore? Reply We've got a pretty small guest list (about 65 people if we're *really* trying) and we're hoping it gives us more scope for venues within our price range. Reply We are having a tiny wedding with only 14 guests (immediate family and their partners and two of our best friends). It is saving us so much money, not to mention anxiety. We are so happy with our decision and can't wait for our wedding day! Reply Great ideas. Such a simple way for the bride to save money is on the dress. Who says a wedding dress has to be so expensive? I just dont get it. Save the money for something else. Reply Unfortunately, we can't have a small wedding, but we're cutting costs by doing an adventure-themed snack bar instead of catering, and skipping the alcohol. Now our biggest hurdle is finding a photographer for less than $4K. :/ (current idea: hire a photographer just for first look and ceremony, have our guests photo-document and social-media-share pics of the reception) Reply We skipped a photographer entirely. We had a friend who is a wiz at taking pictures doing a few group shots and pictures of ceremony and couple picture afterwards. During our welcome speech we asked guests to send us their five best pictures from the wedding. We also requested this wish in the thank-you cards which we sent out quickly after the wedding. Reply Our biggest small-wedding cost-savings came from getting married at a restaurant, because we didn't have to rent anything! Their beautiful banquet room cost $160 to rent, and it came with everything we needed, from furniture to serving dishes to linens, etc. It was even decorated with lovely fairy lights, so I only had to decorate my tables. 🙂 Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.