Intimate wedding – what is it? You’ve probably heard it from a friend or a work colleague recently and wondered what they meant. Is it just a scaled-down version of a regular wedding? Is it similar to an elopement?
An intimate wedding is commonly referred to as a wedding that has a smaller number of attendees than a regular wedding. In some countries like the US, it is also sometimes called a micro wedding.
There really isn’t a strict definition and you can define it however you like. But in most cases, size is considered as the main factor for defining an intimate wedding. In the UK, an average wedding has around 80-150 guests so an intimate wedding is usually one with up to 30 attendees.
Of course, this number is a relative estimate. Numbers could depend on several factors such as different wedding practices, cultures, and norms in various regions and countries around the world. For example, in a region or country where a regular wedding could have around 300-500 attendees, a wedding with 100 attendees could still be considered intimate.
Intimate Wedding vs Elopement
But what’s the difference between an intimate wedding and an elopement? Those two words are both quite popular buzz words these days. Are those two actually the same? Is there any difference at all?
Elopements and intimate weddings may have some similarities. Intimate weddings include elopements and elopements are understandably intimate. However, the main difference between these two lies in the number of attendees. You may notice that the wedding party size has a big role in defining both terms.
An elopement is one where the only attendees are the couple, the officiant, and very few wedding suppliers – usually just the photographer, hairstylist, and make-up artist. Sometimes, the bride just does her own hair & make-up to keep it even smaller and the whole wedding party is limited to three people – the bride, groom, and officiant.
And before you even ask – No, elopements are not what they used to be. Gone are the days when a couple elopes to hide from their families and fight for their forbidden love. (Of course, you can totally do this if you can imagine yourselves as the modern-day Romeo & Juliet. Don’t let me stop you!) In the modern world, couples choose to elope (or opt for an intimate wedding) to break away from tradition and have a celebration that is more personal to them. Or they probably just don’t fancy having a big wedding – it could be as simple as that 🙂
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