With the price of weddings reaching upward of £10k, a smaller wedding for some couples is certainly something to consider.

Although a large wedding can be great, some couples prefer a more intimate wedding with just their nearest and dearest. And when you start adding up the numbers, it not hard to see the appeal of a smaller wedding.


Let’s look at two of those costs and the comparison with bigger and smaller weddings.


Food. Food plays an important part of your wedding day, and is one of the things guests remember.

An average meal price is around £24 per head, so for food for 100 people, that’s £2400.

For a smaller wedding of 40 guests, the food would be £960.


Room dressings are usually based on the amount of tables & chairs you have, so let’s assume you’re working to tables of 8. You’d have 12 tables plus your top table. This is going to cost you in the region of £600 for 100 guests; for 40 guests around £230.


A wedding list of 100 would give you a combined cost of £3000.

For a smaller wedding of 40 guests, it’s a cost of £1190.

At a saving of £1810+, it’s not difficult to see why more couples are opting for a smaller wedding. And let’s face it, is 40 guests really that small?

Plus there are savings to be had elsewhere too – such as cost of invites, wedding favours etc. But what are the downsides to a smaller wedding?

Guests. Writing only 20 invites, it may seem a really small number. But let’s be honest, do you really need to invite Auntie Susan, who isn’t an actual auntie but someone that your mum worked with 20 years ago, who sends you a christmas card, and her husband that you struggle to remember the name of?

Room size. Many venues that cater for weddings, are, let’s face it, designed for big weddings. Smaller weddings can look lost in a big room, with a five minute hike to the dance floor across a no mans land of empty room. However, if you look at some period rooms, they tend to be smaller, so the perfect venues are out there.

Gifts. Fewer guests mean fewer gifts. But, at a saving of almost £2k it’s unlikely you’ll miss that third “Mr & Mrs” mug set from Auntie Susan and whats-his-name.

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Of course if you have your heart set on a big wedding, and you can afford it, then go for it! Big weddings have their advantages too, and for some people it’s their dream wedding, and there is nothing wrong with that. 

Whatever you decide, it’s your day, make it as unique as you are.

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