Weddings with a small guest list have a charm all their own. There's something beyond special about being surrounded by your nearest and dearest—especially when marrying in a small yet stunning setting.
Not to mention: With fewer attendees, you’ll likely be able to spend more time with each and every person there and put more of your budget towards excellent food and wine. You might even be able to host your event at a venue that doesn't always allow larger parties! Ready to take our word for it? Below, you'll see how a small ceremony can look and feel especially beautiful as it opens up the possibility of smaller gardens, boutique hotels, and historic sites.
Here are 29 intimate ceremony designs to inspire an intimate union.
The gilded details of the Sumatra crown from traditional Indonesian weddings was the inspiration for this stunning arrangement, according to floral designer Myrtle et Olive. Designed around a spiral staircase at The Gunawarman in Jakarta, Indonesia, flowers included local tuberose, gladiolus, and chrysanthemums, accented by 300 feet of jasmine garlands.
Raise a Few Flags
The Indian Ocean served as the backdrop for this dreamy ceremony setup on a beach in South Cottesloe near Perth, Australia. Low, lush arrangement lined the aisle while flagpoles of varying heights nestled within a larger arrangement of grasses and flowers served as a ceremony marker.
Bring the Indoors Outside
Vintage rugs, an antique desk, and wicker arm chairs were all part of this boho-chic wedding held at the historic Castello di San Sebastiano Po, located in the hills of Piedmonte, Italy. The gardens of the property were created in 1810 and include a fruit orchard, box trees, roses, Lebanese cedars, cypress trees, and Japanese maples.
Create a Cozy Outdoor Space
The exterior of a barn at Foster Creek Farm in Montana became a stunning outdoor ceremony venue with the addition of a romantic arbor and benches decorated with candles and flowers. A white curtain created a neutral backdrop for the couple to exchange vows, while lights arranged around the barn’s perimeter and a charming holiday tableau visible through the window added to the magical vibes.
Add Homey Details
This couple opted for an elopement in Italy with just 12 friends, marrying on a hilltop overlooking Florence surrounded by olive groves. Persian rugs acted as the aisle runner, while a wooden archway decorated with eucalyptus, pampas grass, and king proteas created a stunning ceremony backdrop.
Head Into Nature
The mountains of Utah served as a backdrop for this couple’s intimate ceremony, attended by just a few family members. A wooden archway created a focus for the ceremony, while photos of the couple lined the aisle.
Reserve a Rooftop Venue
Rooftop venues provide privacy and a bird’s eye view. This wedding was held at Manhattan’s 620 Loft and Garden, perched atop 30 Rock and overlooking 5th Avenue and Rockefeller Center. Fresh sod and flower boxes filled with boxwood hedges added natural elements to the urban setting.
Make It All About the View
Seating for 50 guests was all that was needed to create a stunning ceremony site at actress Krys Marshall’s destination wedding on the Greek Island of Mykonos. “The view spoke for itself, so we didn’t add much,” says the bride about the ceremony site, Mykonos Castle, which overlooked the harbor.
Choose an Historic Backdrop
The stunning archways of the Ancient Spanish Monastery—the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere, shipped from Europe and rebuilt in Miami—served as a backdrop for this ceremony.