At its most basic definition, a limited numbers wedding is a ceremony with fewer than 50 guests. There are many reasons why someone might opt for this type of wedding, read on to find out more.

Why should you have a limited numbers wedding?

There are many reasons why you should have a limited numbers ceremony. For starters, limiting the number of guests ensures an intimate celebration.

It also makes it more affordable for guests to attend and removes the stress of having to plan additional events during your busy planning process.

How to plan for a limited numbers ceremony

Many couples get stressed out when considering limiting their numbers, but in recent years this has been a forced trend thanks to the pandemic.Here are a few steps for you to consider.

Step 1: Prepare the Guests

It’s best to be honest with guests, so tell them upfront that you will have a limited numbers wedding.

If you have a larger guest list, discuss the possibility of having a separate ceremony at another venue.

Some ceremony venues are only able to have small numbers attending, but you may be able to have your reception at a larger venue.

Step 2: The Timing

Plan for your ceremony about one month before your wedding.

This gives you time to finalize details, prepare music, and prepare the few people who will make up the officiant. You’ll want to share this information with your officiant right away.

Step 3: Think about the Location

When you have decided on the few people that will make up your officiant, it’s best to think about the type of location for your ceremony.

Small ceremonies may be done at a home or friend’s house. This allows you to be free form and not worry about buying chairs or paying rent for a venue. You also want everything to be as personal as possible, so this is ideal.

You may have a very special location in mind for your wedding ceremony. For example, Stonehenge in the UK is not available for weddings. Still, you may have private access for handfasting ceremonies, but your guest list is limited to 30 guests, including the couple getting married.

Step 4: Plan the Reception

When planning the reception, you should use a different venue. Since you’ll be limiting your guest list significantly, this will make a difference.

With added numbers, you can plan things like food and wedding bands to meet your guest list without worrying about only having a few guests there.

Step 5: Keep your Budget under Management

With a limited numbers ceremony, you can also keep your budget under control since you won’t have to rent a large venue.

You’ll also be able to find more affordable officiants as opposed to hiring the most expensive officiant available.

Step 6: Enjoy your Wedding Day

The final thing to consider when limiting your numbers is how you will enjoy your day.

A more intimate celebration will allow you to enjoy your wedding with your personal friends and family members.

With some planning, the limited numbers will give you a smaller ceremony and a more relaxed day that won’t be as stressful.

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  1. An intimate wedding ceremony also helps on savings and curbing huge expenditures unlike the big fat weddings that happen in some parts of the world.


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