Music Tips For a Small Wedding

Should you have music at a very small, intimate church wedding ceremony?

Many couples planning a small wedding will choose to have no music at all. I can understand that, but it’s a shame.

Music is such a powerful way of expressing emotion. Your joy is no less just because the ceremony is small. I think you’d be losing something by foregoing music just because of the size of the wedding.

So how to best have music for small weddings?

Two tips

There are two things you need to do to have effective, special and memorable music at a small wedding:

Create a more intimate sound:

Use less music. But use it in the right places!

Tips for a more intimate sound:

There are several ways to create a more intimate sound.

Get close to your musician (or get the musician close to you)
A piano might be just what you need
A piano is a wonderfully intimate instrument. If there’s a piano available (whether in the chapel or in the main part of the church), especially a grand or “baby grand”, consider using it as the primary instrument.

The organ can work too
The organ, whether in the chapel or in the main part of the church, can still be used to great effect. The trick is to use it correctly.

A loudly-played organ may sound irritating with only a few guests present, so the organ’s softer stops must be used. A softly-played organ can sound wonderful!

A skilled organist will be able to use the quieter stops effectively to achieve this wonderful sound. But watch out for less-skilled organists that turn quiet music into something bland and uninteresting.

Don’t shy away from other instruments
Solo instruments, such as flutes, violins, cellos or harps can help achieve intimacy. Such instruments can easily be used as the only instrument or can could be used with a piano (or nearby organ).

Even a singer can work well. Just be sure your singer (particularly amateur singers) are comfortable singing in front of a very small group.

Tips for less music

The second thing you will want in a small wedding is to go easy on the music. That means using it where it will contribute and no more than that. Too much of it for a small ceremony can destroy the intimacy!

Suggestions for getting the right amount of music:

Use very little music before the ceremony.
For a small number of guests, there simply is no reason to have lots of music beforehand. A very intimate performance (for example, a solo piano or violin playing nearby the guests’ seating) could allow you to get away with slightly more music. But do focus on keeping it short.

Avoid a separate bridal processional.
A smaller ceremony usually also means a smaller wedding party. Especially if held in a chapel, there won’t be enough time to get through two pieces of music let alone one. Cutting two pieces short will be more awkward than cutting one piece short.

So keep it simple and just use one piece for the wedding party and the bride’s entrance.

Skip the postlude entirely and perhaps also the recessional.
Your guests will be able to exit very quickly, so a postlude won’t be necessary. It won’t take the wedding party long either, so the guests could start leaving during the recessional (after the wedding party has exited).

A small, intimate wedding can be a lot less stressful and should be every bit as joyful as a larger wedding. Music is one of the best ways to express this emotion and done right, will make a wedding of any size extra special.

Cheap Wedding Planning

Cheap wedding planning – can you plan a cheap wedding, or is any wedding an expensive ordeal? The fact is that you can plan a cheap wedding that won’t be inferior to an expensive one. If you and your partner have been living together for many years or if you simply have a small budget – a cheap wedding is a way to go.

A list of the things to save on with cheap wedding planning, include:

1. Have your wedding in your backyard.

If you have your wedding at any kind of a restaurant, whether it’s a large posh place or a small casual one, you will have to “pay the hidden fees” to that restaurant, including a portion of their rent, a portion of their employees’ salary, and so on. If you choose to have your wedding in your own backyard, you’ll be able to avoid all these extras.

2. Invite only close family and friends.

The fact is that sometimes there are so many people invited to a wedding, that the bride or the groom might not even know some of them. A wedding is a day for you and your partner. If you simply “weed out” unnecessary names from your guest list, you’ll be able to achieve both – to save money and to be surrounded only by the people you really want at your wedding.

3. Make your invitations on your own computer and print them out, instead of purchasing paper invites.

Invitations are commercial merchandise, which means that they are marked up. Furthermore, this merchandise is meant for an “emotional” event and that’s why they are marked up even more than many other items. Thus, you can save additionally if you make invitations on your own computer and then just print them out.

4. Have a simple menu for your party.

You can organize something tasty but very simple for your wedding. The selection of courses for your wedding does not have to be exotic and expensive. You can have some common meals, like salads, sausages and potatoes etc.

5. Find a cheap wedding dress.

You can find a cheap dress online, at a local consignment shop, or on a sale rack at your favorite department store. Your wedding dress will serve you for just one day, and thus it does not have to be brand new or expensive. Second-hand wedding dresses are generally not worn out and look like new.

Those are just 5 things to consider, and any of them will help you save money with your cheap wedding planning. A wedding does not have to be expensive, and a homey wedding with a special touch will also make everybody feel great, including you and your guests.

Small Wedding Ideas – A Great Alternative To A Large Wedding Event

Everywhere you look couples are having bigger, grander weddings, and the trend doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Small wedding ideas may be the perfect alternative however.

Instead of having a wedding where you feel obligated to invite distant relatives that you have never met, a small wedding allows you to include only the people that are truly important to you.

Small weddings are the perfect alternative to large weddings for a few reasons. If you have a limited wedding budget small weddings allow you to have a beautiful event for less money.

Many couples that have been married previously do not want a large affair the second time around. They have done it once with all the bells and whistles and the second time around they want it to be more intimate and meaningful with close family and friends.

Here are some small wedding ideas to assist with your planning:

The Location

Having a small wedding allows you to have more flexibility in choosing your wedding location. Since you don’t have to worry about having enough room for all of your guests, your options for a wedding location instantly increase.

Popular locations include a favorite restaurant, a bed and breakfast or anywhere you want to get married. Destination weddings are very popular because they allow you to spend a few days with a small group of loved ones before heading off to your honeymoon.

The Ceremony

Small weddings allow you to have your ceremony in unique locations. For example, it may not be feasible to have your ceremony on a small yacht with a large guest list, but with only a few guests this can happen.

You can also incorporate more people into your ceremony by asking them to read passages or poems during the ceremony. Unique ideas like a butterfly release at the end of your ceremony are also easier to pull off with fewer guests.

The Reception

One of the biggest complaints from recent newlyweds is that their reception went by so fast they didn’t have time to thank everyone and enjoy themselves. With a small wedding you will personally get to talk to every one of your guests and enjoy the menu you picked out.

There is less to decorate and coordinate, and you can spend more money and time on the things you think are most important. Wedding themes work very well with small weddings as you have a lot of flexibility and more options.