Weddings look a little different at the moment, with some couples opting to keep their original wedding date and settle for a smaller intimate wedding, falling within the Government restrictions. So lets chat through how you can create a memorable intimate reception dinner.
THE GUEST LIST
Firstly, brainstorm your guest list! Keeping in mind current restrictions and guidelines in your state. Consider the space you have and how everyone will interact with each other. Once you know who you want to invite you can now order your wedding invitations and have these sent out.
Invitations let your guests know you’re planning something special. Not only does it provide all the information they need, it helps them know this is different to a regular wedding reception party.
Cutting your guest list due to restrictions can be a difficult decision, but it doesn’t mean your newly “unlisted” guests have to miss out either. Why not set some time aside after your ceremony to have a 10 - 15 min online celebration drink through an online meeting platform OR you may want to invite them to join you online during your speeches.
Milan Wedding Invitation - view here.
Digital invitation - view here.
Customise your very own wedding website and keep your guests up to date on your wedding plans - view here.
SET THE AMBIENCE
Pick your style/ theme of your intimate wedding and then decorate accordingly! You can still have a beautifully themed wedding, just as you imagined but on a smaller scale. Think about where you will be hosting your event and what the space can offer in terms of guest numbers and setup. Will it be in the dining room? A picnic in the backyard, or a setting on your veranda? Your tablescape is more than just a place for food to be served, it creates the scenery and theatre of your dinner.
Because you are having a smaller more intimate dinner we recommend going all out on your decoration, particularly if you are having a home celebration. Make your home feel a little more “un-like home” and more like the wedding you deserve. Psst, don't forget to keep your guests safe by setting up a sanitisation station with our stylish hand sanitiser. Here is a list of our recommendations:
- Hand sanitiser - Keep your guests safe, add a sanitisation station at your wedding. No need to comprise on style though, purchase your hand sanitiser here.
- Linen table cloth - view here.
- Personalised napkins - view here.
- Pillar cone candles - view here.
- Luxury ribbons are a great way to soften your table scape by wrapping or tying them around your napkins - view our large range of ribbon here.
- Table runners - view our range or table runners here.
- Place cards - view our range here.
- Customised wedding welcome signs - view our range here.
- Customised wedding menus - view our range here.
PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE
If you don’t have all the time in the world to adjust to all of these new changes, here is a list to help you prepare your intimate wedding.
Decide on your guest list.
Notify your previously invited guests of the changes and technically “un-invite” them if they are no longer on your new guest list - but don’t despair, remember to invite them to your online wedding celebration.
Order invitations and resend them to your new guest list with the changes. If you don’t exactly have time up your sleeve, try ordering a Wedding Website so you can keep your guests up to date digitally.
Decide on your theme and how you can transform your backyard or verandah into the gorgeous wedding of your dreams.
Make a list of the elements you need to order and start working with local suppliers who can deliver to you. Items you should consider would be:
Hire equipment for your ceremony, bar setup + reception table.
Lighting to create ambience.
Flowers - go all out, you deserve it. You can create some incredible hanging installations or backdrops in your very own backyard.
Order your table stationery and signage. I know, I know….it’s an intimate dinner BUT table stationery adds to the formality of your wedding. Besides, we still recommend a seating arrangement.
This could be a good time to invest in a sound system for your home and multipurpose the sound system for your at home wedding celebrations. You can create your very own playlist or include your newly un-invited guests to offer some of their favourite songs for you to include. This way it makes them still feel included in your special day.
Do you DIY the food or get a caterer?? We definitely recommend a caterer. Catering for guests is a much bigger task than you can possible imagine, the before, during and cleanup is a task worth delegating to the caterer. More then likely your caterer will also look after any cocktails or drink service.
Although we love the sound of your intimate at home wedding already, no one wants a wet wedding. Have a marquee on standby just in case the skies open up.