6 Venue and photography Tips for small weddings
Tips for planning an amazing small wedding
Are you planning a small wedding but you aren’t too sure how to go about it? Here we give you some venue and photography tips for small weddings such as finding a wedding venue for a small wedding, and most importantly from our side, how to book your photographer for small weddings.
But first here are some really awesome photos from Kiki and Joes wedding at Casalinga Ristorante in Johannesburg (which is actually not a wedding venue – more on that below in venues for small weddings) Joe is from America and Kiki from South Africa -So it was difficult for family to travel from both sides and in the end they had this small ceremony in South Africa with Kiki’s family mainly , before they moved to America permanently.
- Advantages of a small wedding
- Finding a venue for a small wedding
- Photography tips for small weddings
Advantages of having a small wedding
You may be still weighing up the options for your wedding, and wondering what the advantages of a smaller wedding are. So here are some that we know of.
- The cost of a wedding – Lets be honest, the cost of weddings is really significant, and as most venues charge a per-head fee, the more guests you have, the more expensive they become. So having a smaller wedding can help you save more towards the honeymoon or your new life together.
- Less guests = Less stress – Cutting your guestlist down to the people that really matter can seem like a daunting task – but honestly being surrounded by the people that really matter to you and not the people you have to invite will be a whole lot less stressful. The sheer logistics of moving hundreds of guests around a venue or standing up in front of them can often make a wedding not so enjoyable.
- Less overheads from suppliers You don’t have to employ your other suppliers such as your wedding photographer for small weddings – For larger weddings, you may require 8 to 10 hours of photography and a lot of time is wasted just trying to get people in the right place for photos etc. But with a smaller wedding everything tends to happen a lot quicker and you dont have to book your photographer for as long. There are more photography tips for small weddings below.
Finding a venue for a small wedding
Planning a small wedding can be tricky, as wedding venues and suppliers generally cater for larger events. However this has changed quite a bit since the covid pandemic, as everyone had to rethink their minimum hours and numbers quite quickly. This you can therefore use to your advantage.
Venue Tips for small weddings
- If you cannot find an actual wedding venue that does not cater for smaller weddings then consider approaching a restaurant to host it instead. You may not have the luxury of complete privacy unless you book the whole restaurant out, but you will probably find them quite willing to help you as it brings in a fair amount of income for them .
- Also consider using a private garden or residence as a backdrop for your wedding ceremony. With a smaller group of people this is more possible and can give your wedding a very personal touch.
- Elopement weddings are even more flexible – SO think about tying the knot with just the two of you in a special place and then having a big party afterwards to celebrate. No jokes my cousin did this and they were married for a couple of years without anyone knowing – they chose not to tell anyone as they still wanted to be able to celebrate with the whole family properly when they were able to afford it. So they invited everyone to their “wedding” two years later and then announced they were actually already married and just had one big party ! Definitely one to remember!
What you need to know before booking your photographer for a small wedding
For a smaller wedding you have the advantage of a bit more flexibility . Renphotos offers time based wedding photography packages – So the smaller the wedding generally the less money you will have to spend. Here are some of the photography tips for small weddings we have for you – so be sure to think about this for your final timeline when booking with us.
Photography tips for small weddings
- This is because things tend to take a lot less time when it comes to Family photos and other guests. The wedding above was booked for 4 hours and was more than enough time to cover all the bases – half of which was reception. The couple still have detail, getting ready, ceremony, family , couple and reception photos.
- If you have a limited budget you can also choose to leave certain things out of your photography package. For instance You can choose to start photography at the ceremony rather than the getting ready , which can save you two hours. However in my opinion these photos are important in telling the whole story of your special day. And it is possible to cover everything in less time if there arent too many people involved in the getting ready process. So do keep this in mind.
- You can also move things around slightly from a traditional wedding structure, such as cutting the cake straight after the ceremony or entering in to your reception with your first dance which are key photographic moments that normally only happen at the end of formalities. But If you can get these done earlier then you dont have to book the photographer for one or two extra hours over dinner and many speeches where there is not much to photograph actually.
In conclusion there is a general movement towards smaller weddings and there are many advantages to having a smaller wedding. We hope these venue and photography tips for small weddings are of use to you and will aid you when you make your final booking with Renphotos. Ready to book with us? then see our packages here or contact us with your enquiry for a customised quote!
About the author: I am a photographer based in Nieuwegein in the Netherlands, Utrecht region. I have over ten years experience photographing weddings , events and lifestyle occasions. Most of my shoots are in Johannesubrg South Africa But I am starting to build a portfolio here in the Netherlands as well.