The incredible shrinking wedding

Wedding Style & Decor
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Brides and grooms are getting super-selective with their guest lists these days. Eschewing grand-scale affairs, couples are embracing more intimate "boutique" weddings.

According to celebrity wedding planner Marcy Blum, couples want their celebration to have a personal touch: "Smaller weddings let couples spend time and money on little details, which can be too expensive or too time consuming for a large wedding. People don't want to sacrifice luxury, so this is a compromise." Favors like artisanal chocolates in monogrammed boxes, mini cakes and multi-course tasting menus with wine pairings are just a few of the ways couples are playing up the VIP details.

And who's hosting these boutique weddings? "She's usually a slightly older bride," says Blum. "Or she's been married before and had a huge wedding the first time but wants a very different scenario this time around."

So now on to the hard part—deciding which of your friends make the cut! —Anna Pezik

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