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Eight Reasons to Have a Small Wedding

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If you’re on the fence about having a small wedding ceremony, you may like to know that there are lots of perks to doing so. While a large and lavish wedding may seem like a dream to come true, the realities that accompany such a large affair might not be worth the extra dough and energy. Explore the following reasons as to why an intimate wedding might be the best route for you.

1. Are you planning a wedding or a production? Large weddings typically have banquet captains and wedding planners behind the scenes equipped with headsets and walkie-talkies that coordinate each step in the production. Smaller weddings don’t require this type of manpower and reflect that by exuding a more personal and relaxed energy.

2. Large weddings require a lot of energy and time to plan, which equals more stress. If you choose to have a small wedding, then you’re proactively cutting out unneeded stress during the planning process, as well as your wedding day.

3. The most obvious reason to opt for a smaller wedding is because you’ll save money. Weddings, unless you go the extreme minimalist route, are expensive regardless of the size, however you’d be surprised at just how much you can save by cutting down the guest list. Every wedding guest requires an invitation, a meal, drinks, and a designated spot at your wedding; all of which comes at a cost.

4. If you have a smaller wedding, then you’ll be able to allocate more of your budget to your wedding getaways. How nice would it be to schedule a spa day a day or two prior to your wedding? Or going over seas to an exotic destination for your honeymoon instead of having to stay close to home?

5. If you opt to have a smaller guest list, then you can put more money into other aspects of your wedding, for example your wedding dinner. Having fewer guests could give you the opportunity to be choosey about your wedding food.

6. The fewer guests you have, the more time you’ll have to allocate to each guest. It’s proper wedding etiquette to visit with each guest at some point during your wedding reception and thank him or her for coming. If there are 600 guests at your wedding, then this respectful gesture becomes almost impossible.

7. Fewer guests also means you’ll have more venue options to choose from. For example you could hold your wedding at a home, in a backyard, a park, vineyard, restaurant, art gallery, or perhaps an adorable bed and breakfast.

8. There are countless romantic wedding destinations to choose from, but if you’re working with a small budget then you’ll most likely need to cut down your guest list in order to have your wedding at one. Destination weddings tend to be on the smaller side anyway, since a lot of wedding guests aren’t able to get away.

There are two (or more) sides to every aspect of your wedding planning, including the size of your guest lists. The most important aspect of this decision is that you know the pro’s and con’s of each, so that you can make the right decision that fits your budget and wedding vision.

Romantic Beach Weddings

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Romantic Beach Weddings features a full service wedding coordinator and planner and offers budget and luxury wedding packages. The specialty is intimate ceremonies for two. Ceremony packages include Eloping in Paradise and the Barefoot Beach Ceremony that contain all the essentials for a simple, yet beautiful, beach wedding. The soothing sounds of the ocean, the ever-changing hues at sunset — and your love — provide all the ambiance you will need. There is a sacred energy here that defies description and it permeates the culture and the landscape. It must be experienced to be understood. For photo aficionados, thePhoto Heaven Ceremony Package includes two photographers who can capture multiple angles for the most thorough photo coverage possible of your event. The Divine Marriage Ceremony is the ultimate spiritual ceremony for couples who seek a marriage centered in God that embraces a full spiritual union.



Romantic Beach Weddings on the Big Island of Hawaii are what dreams are made of. Serene locations nestled along the Kona-Kohala coastline are ideal for your ceremony. Whether it is a wedding, renewal of vows, or a commitment ceremony, we have the experience and professionalism to create a blessing that will move you.  Our full-service wedding planning includes unique venues, budget and luxury wedding packages, photography, accommodations, flowers, catering, music — and anything else your heart desires.

Beautiful ceremonies are written and performed by Rev. Lona Lyons, a licensed, non-denominational officiant and professional photographer. Her ceremonies are designed especially for couples who seek a deep and meaningful experience that celebrates their love. They contain some beautiful Hawaiian traditions, along with moving sentiments and words of wisdom about love and marriage. Lona weaves a masterful tapestry of warmth and gentleness, putting her couples at ease and opening the pathway for a richer experience of love and commitment.


Congratulations on your decision to come to Hawaii for your ceremony! It is not only the romance capital of the world, it also contains many hidden mysteries and magic that only open-hearted lovers can discover.

Aloha pumehana no nā kau a kau…

May the blessings from this land of Hawai’i always be with you!


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