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Large Or Small Wedding? 4 Factors To Help You Decide

When planning a wedding, one of the first decisions that any bridal couple must make is how large they want their wedding festivities to be. While many people love the idea of having a huge party with everyone in their lives, others opt for an intimate affair instead. How can you choose the wedding venue? It's not only about how many people you have in your contacts list, in fact. Here are four other key factors that can make the decision for you.

1. Your Chosen Venue. If you have your heart on a particular wedding or reception venue, you'll have to make sure your wedding can fit within their space. Want to get married in that picturesque old church by the river? Then count the seats and start making your plans. This doesn't always mean that you're limiting yourself, though. If you want the nuptials to be in your favorite museum venue, for instance, you may have to fill a large and open space. 

2. Where You Want to Spend Money. A wedding budget is actually composed of many smaller puzzle pieces all fit together. If you want to put a disproportionate amount of those dollars toward something you really, really want, that money may have to come from somewhere else. If you wish to prioritize a more expensive dress, your perfect photographer, or a luxurious honeymoon, scaling down the party costs is an excellent way to achieve this. If the big party is what you've always dreamed of, then spend your money on that aspect. 

3. Your Planning Style. Large weddings generally require much more planning than smaller ones. You'll often have more bridal party members to wrangle, more people to accommodate, and more mouths to feed. If the idea of spending months poring over every detail of a grand affair excites you, then you should take the plunge and have a great time. If, though, you know that this is more likely to stress you out, skip the extra fluff and limit yourself to what you will enjoy planning.

4. Your Budget. Most bridal couples are on a budget. And obviously, smaller gatherings tend to cost less than larger ones. If you suspect you'll have trouble staying within your budget, limiting your wedding party size from the outset is a good way to keep yourself on track more easily. On the other hand, if you have plenty of savings to run with it, then a big wedding gives you more chances to execute all your ideas.  

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of a large wedding versus a small one. But if you let yourself be guided by the right factors, you're sure to end up with a day you'll remember fondly forever.