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Big vs. Small Wedding: Pros and Cons

Big and small weddings are both magical, special, and unique! However, with both types of weddings come pros and cons that could change your mind on how big you want your guest list to be. Today we’re talking about the pros and cons of big and small weddings!

Big Wedding


  • Inviting All of Your Friends and Family

In my opinion, the best thing about having a large wedding is that you don’t have to be too selective about your guest list. Cutting down a guest list is not fun and can add tons of stress and hurt feelings. With a big wedding, all of your family and friends can be invited because you know that you’re planning for a big party!

  • Big Crowd on the Dance Floor

With anywhere from 100-300 guests (or more) you’re bound to have a super fun dance floor full of your friends and family. Some of my favorite photos from my wedding are of my family dancing at the reception!

  • Long Day of Celebrating

Having a big wedding really can slow the day down which is something that my husband and I loved about our wedding day! It was so nice for our special day to be celebrated the whole day through.


  • Expensive

While big weddings are so much fun, they tend to be pretty pricey! Between a larger venue and a large headcount for the caterer, you’ll be looking at a pretty hefty bill. If the pros outweigh this specific con, every penny is worth it to be surrounded by your loved ones!

  • Finding an Accommodating Venue

Large venues can be difficult to find! Depending on what your exact vision is for your wedding and how much time you have to find the venue, you may have to put in some work to find the perfect place!

Small Wedding


  • Less Expensive

If you have a small guest list, there is a very good chance that you’ll spend a reasonable amount of money on your wedding. There are a handful of different vendors that go by headcount for pricing, so if your list is small, you’re in luck!

  • More intimate

With a smaller wedding, it’s easy to really appreciate the people that are surrounding you on your big day. Chances are, you’ve chosen these selected guests very carefully and they are so happy to be there and support you!

  • Shorter Wedding Day

Some people love the hustle and bustle of a full day of celebrating. But if you’re someone who wants to get married, have a good meal, and then head out of there, a small wedding is for you! You’ll have less guests to visit with, less guests that need to be served food, and less guests that need moved from one location to the next. Ultimately, the smaller your guest list, the shorter your wedding day can be!


  • Limited Guest List

Nobody enjoys cutting down their guest list and honestly, guest lists can cause a lot of tension between families! Unfortunately, with a small wedding, the number of people you can invite is limited.

  • Finding an Accommodating Venue

It can be difficult to find the right venue for you that only holds a handful of people. You don’t want to pay for a venue that holds 150 people but only have 50 guests! It can take a lot of digging to find the right venue for you and your small guest list but the majority of the time, it’ll be less expensive than a large venue!

Whether you want to have a huge wedding with hundreds of guests, or a small, intimate wedding day, talk to your fiance about the pros and cons of each. More importantly, wedding days are all unique, so shape your day and guest list to exactly how you want it to be!

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