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Hosting a small and intimate affair

Are you having trouble deciding on the final guest list for your wedding? Although finding ways to cut down the guest list for your special day is likely to be difficult, there are huge benefits to throwing a smaller affair. Spending one-on-one time with each invitee can make the day even better, giving you the opportunity to soak in and enjoy each moment instead of feeling rushed. Similarly, the fewer guests you invite, the less you'll have to spend on food and drinks so you'll be able to get the biggest bang for your buck.

It's easy to set a romantic mood for a reception that has smaller tables, just dim the lights and use mini black lanterns filled with tea lights to create an intimate setting. Since you'll be spending less on each individual attending, you'll be able to really go all out with the decorating scheme. Try placing dark tablecloths on each seating area, contrasted by bone white china in your favorite setting for a classic look that's sure to be loved. Personalized champagne flutes can be placed at each table to serve up toasts, and these attractive glasses make for excellent party favors at the end of the night.

In a smaller setting, it's easier to show off a little bit of your quirky side. Place a personalized signature platter at the front of the reception hall to give guests an opportunity to write their best wishes directly to you on a unique item that can be cherished for years. Purchasing a huge wedding cake to feed several guests can be extremely expensive, but there are other options available at a smaller event. Set out customized cupcakes in an attractive pattern on your dessert table to feed your guests. They'll love having the option to select their favorite cake type!

Instead of having attendees throw rice at the end of the night, hand out heart shaped sparklers to light up your way out the door. This will provide a unique photo opportunity and will give your guests a chance to say goodbye in a fun and exciting way. Handing out instant photographs of yourselves and your guests is another fun way to end the night.