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Small Weddings Ideas: Beautiful Celebrations Within Budget

More and more couples are choosing smaller and more intimate weddings to celebrate their love. Aside from having a more manageable guest list and spending much less on the overall wedding preparations, intimate weddings allow the couple and their guests to have a more memorable and richer experience of the celebration. 

Here are some decor ideas for small wedding on a budget yet creating your beautiful dream wedding and making it ultra special.

Get a wedding planner or an a day of coordinator

You may be considering DIY for your own wedding. But trust us when we say that having a wedding planner, or even an on-the-day coordinator to do all the wedding planning will save you all the stress, even with a small wedding. Having a go-to coordinator will allow you to just make memories and enjoy your special day. 

Since a smaller guest list will be more manageable, you may also want to plan with your bridesmaids and let them be your planners and coordinators for the event instead. Throw a bridal party early and get your most trusted girlfriends on board on the wedding preparations. Check the CV Linens Pinterest and Instagram page for your wedding inspirations.

Plan your guest list

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Choosing who will be present on your big day can be tricky, especially if you have many relatives and large friend groups and acquaintances. If you have already decided on a small number of guests for your wedding day, choose your nearest and dearest friends and family members. Then you can send out virtual invites to other friends and relatives so they can join via a group call.

If you want acquaintances and relatives to still feel like they are a part of your celebration, send out wedding souvenirs along with your wedding announcement instead of wedding invitations.

Pick a venue that speaks au naturale

Wedding venues can cost a fortune! In addition, indoor wedding venues may require elaborate and expensive styling. Opt for a backyard garden or beach wedding, or private space in a public park. The beautiful, natural scenery will require fewer decorations, and the natural lighting will let you have picture-perfect moments during the wedding ceremony and the reception after. Match your outdoor nuptials with a trendy faux flower backdrop that will surely stand out without breaking your budget. You may choose among these silk flower wall backdrops depending on your themes and color scheme.

For an outdoor wedding reception in the evening, you may accentuate the venue with wedding arches and use chiffon fabric for draping for draping which will turn any open space into a sophisticated and romantic gathering. For a more chic wedding after party, you may choose from the variety of neon signs that CV Linens offer. 

Decorate the wedding aisle

Nothing says a wedding more than a romantic and heartfelt bridal entrance. If you plan to walk down the aisle, you can never go wrong with flowy fabric and flower pieces to decorate your path. CV Linens offer affordable fabric rolls in bulk. 

If you are planning a home wedding, decorating the staircase and banisters with fabric and faux flowers is a must for your bridal entrance. 


Transform any event space with dreamy fabric drapes

Whether you are planning on an indoor or an outdoor wedding, event drapes will not only fill empty spaces, but will also create an elegant feel for your small gathering. You may choose among heavyweight and lightweight pipe and drapes set according to your chosen linens. You may also use valence hangers for double-draping backdrop designs.

Create an eye-catching stage

Draw focus on the lovely couple as they exchange vowels with an easy-to-decorate wedding arch. Use florals, event lighting, balloons oversized flower decor, or a Mr. and Mrs. neon lights to create a picturesque backdrop for the wedding ceremony.   

A canopy design made with round crossbar drape supports accentuated with sheer voile linens, flowers, or even balloons will create a lovely centerstage for the ceremony.

Watch our video on how to assemble an easy DIY wedding arch: 



Glam up your wedding chairs

Beautifully decorated wedding aisle and guest chairs will make your guests feel more special, especially if you are having an intimate wedding. CV Linens offers a wide variety of chair covers and chair sashes to decorate any event chair style as well as to coordinate with all wedding themes. You can find our article here Wedding Chair Breakdown: Types, Chair Covers, and More! While most couples opt to have a traditional wedding ceremony chair layout where all the chairs are facing the couple, opt for unique wedding ceremony seating such as a semi-circle, square or spiral layout and have the ceremony and reception in the same venue all at once. 

If your guest count is just a little over 20, you may try a U-shaped or an L- shaped table setting, with the newlyweds seated in the middle. The space in the center will also serve as the dancefloor for the party. For these events, you may match the chair decorations to your table skirts or linen tablecloths and the rest of your table decors. 

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Go all-out on food

Spoil your guests with good food and booze at the wedding reception! Start with casually decorated high boy tables for cocktail hour to complement a more formal table setting. (high boy, cocktail hour). For tips cocktail tables decoration, please check out 7 Unique Ways to Dress a Cocktail Table. CV Linens’ spandex is chic, yet elegant and will match your wedding vibe. 

Include desserts and snacks on the wedding menu for the sweets lovers at the party. This will also serve as additional decorations surrounding your wedding table. Check these wedding cake stands from CV Linens to display your wedding cake or use a swinging cake stand to add an extra wow factor to your dessert buffet table. 

Design a detailed tablescape

Your tablescape will complete your simple, yet elegant small wedding. Choose from these table linens, long table runners, and table overlay toppers, and use these chic centerpiece crystal wedding pieces or candelabras to decorate your tables.  To find the right size table covers for your table, please check out our article The Ultimate Linen and Table Size Guide

You may also use loose flowers and stems on the table to go with your au naturale venue. For these events, you may match the chair decorations to your table skirts and the rest of your table decors. 


Personalize place settings

Place settings don't have to be expensive to look extravagant. Use a combination of charger plates, napkins and napkin rings, to add dimension and create layered.  Disposable plates, cutlery, and chic disposable cups are great option for easy cleanup after the event. 

Refer to these table-setting tips to learn how to set the table whether it's a large or small gathering and use these trendy napkin folds to give a little extra style to the table.     


Get creative with wedding favors

A quirky idea is to add personalized wedding napkins with your guests' names so they can take them home as wedding souvenirs. 

Other wedding favors that people will use after the wedding include succulents, candles, coasters, and mini liquor bottles with a personalized touch to name a few.  

These are just some small budget wedding ideas to create your dream wedding. 

Whether you decide on having a low-key wedding celebration, or going all-out for the ceremony to your reception, it is spending your special day with your loved ones and making it memorable that matters the most. Weddings big or small, CV Linens has got your decorations covered, from backdrop draping to tablecloths, and everything in between.

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