Calluna Tips: How to Plan a Small Wedding or Elopement

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Thursday, April 2

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Maybe an elopement or intimate wedding is something you’ve always dreamed of, or perhaps you have recently had to switch up your plan. Either way, there is something tremendously special about having a small group to witness your love. Intimate celebrations and elopements certainly have their advantages and allow for more personalized moments. We want to offer you our tips and tricks on planning a small wedding celebration.

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The Details:

Just because you are eloping or only celebrating with a few people doesn’t mean the details don’t matter. We love helping with intimate weddings and creating a beautiful and customized experience. Flowers, delicious food and wine, entertainment, wedding cake and a wedding planner can still be a part of your big day. At one intimate wedding celebration in Beaver Creek, we brought in specialty table decor from Yonder House and hired a private chef to create a gorgeous table setting and meal with wine pairings for the guests.

Photography + Videography: 

Whether it’s just you and your partner, or a small number of guests, you’ll want to capture the day with a great photographer. Many photography and videography vendors specialize in small and intimate weddings, so you’re in luck! Typically more intimate weddings allow for more wiggle room in the budget, so let us help you find the perfect wedding photographer and videographer. You’ll want to look back on the memories and be able to share them with friends and family who were not at your elopement.

Do What Feels Right: 

It is important to remember that big weddings and small weddings have the same goal: to celebrate the love of you and your partner. When planning your wedding, make sure that every decision reflects your and your soon to be spouse, it is still essential to create a list of wedding priorities with your partner.

The Destination:

Sure, options may be different right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your dream celebration. When the weddings get smaller, the options get bigger! Check out this great article from Venue Report for some elopement inspiration 32 Jaw Dropping Spots That Will Make You Want To Elope. 

Involve Others:

Even if they aren’t physically at the wedding, you can still involve friends and family in your special day. Let your family or friends host other celebrations like an engagement party or a bridal shower, and don’t forget about the bachelor/bachelorette party!

  • The ceremony is a great way to honor your loved ones. Incorporate traditions or family values.
  • Consider bringing “something borrowed or something blue” from a family member or friend.
  • If you are planning on eloping now and celebrating later because of COVID-19, consider live streaming or Zooming your family + friends into your ceremony. Technology allows us to connect all over the world.

Other Elopement + Small Wedding Resourced That We Love: 

BRIDES Magazine: 30 Small Wedding Ideas for an Intimate Affair

Junebug Weddings: The Ultimate Guide to Planning an Adventure Elopement

Junebug Weddings: Wedding Planning During COVID-19: Advice for Couples

Style Me Pretty: 10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Eloping

Green Wedding Shoes: How to Plan an Intimate + Meaningful Wedding

We would LOVE to help your elopement or small wedding dreams come to life!

Photos by James & Schulze, Ashley Sawtelle, Michelle Hart, The Hearnes


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