Wedding Trends: Small vs. Large Weddings

June 2020


Planning a wedding is undoubtedly one of the most stressful yet rewarding things every engaged couple has to go through. One of the first crucial decisions is whether you want to have a huge or a small wedding.  

Everyone has their perfect wedding already in mind, but there is some serious thinking that has to go into planning one. If you are still unsure about what kind of wedding you want to have, here are some things you should consider.  

Small wedding ceremony in Edinburgh - Bride & Groom and their daughter

Not every decision needs to fall in just one category

Okay, planning the wedding is maybe not so fun at times, and it feels as if every decision we make is the final one, but it does not need to be that way. Although some of your choices are affected by the decision to throw either a big or a small wedding ceremony, like the place where the service will be held, there are other choices to be made regardless of the size of your guest list - a wedding dress, rings, jewelry, and decoration. These are the things that will make your wedding day a day to be remembered forever, especially the rings, which you will wear for the rest of your married life. Rings are probably one of the toughest decisions you have to make while planning your wedding, but with so many options, it seems that finding that perfect set is harder than you thought. The thing that would maybe make your choice a bit easier is not to chose by their appearance, but to choose by their individuality and charm, like these unique and beautiful crown rings.

Pros and cons of small and large weddings

There is no perfect fit for all of the right answers here, and it all depends on your preferences and budget. Of course, there are both good and bad things about either one of the choices, but what works for you is all that matters.  


Having a small wedding is going to save up some money because inviting a huge crowd can make a significant hole in your pocket. If you do opt for the smaller wedding, there is a lot of space for you to invest a lot of time and the remaining money into the setting, the food, and, most importantly, your dress. Plus, imagine how nice it is to fit all the guests in one wedding photo!  

If you consider a wedding to be intimate and are not interested in making a huge party out of it, small weddings are certainly something to think about. Still, if the budget is not something that concerns you, and you have a vast social network that you wish to invite, a large wedding is probably more up your alley.  

Small wedding - everyone can sit together at one table

The feeling of intimacy

When you are surrounded only by the people you love and the people who made a significant impact on your life, you cannot help but feel like you are in the middle of something exceptional. That is how many couples feel about their wedding day and why small weddings are so rapidly gaining in popularity. But it does not need to be the only way to have a perfect wedding ceremony. Some people love to party wild. Weddings do not need to be all about the magical moment, but showing your happiness and excitement for a new life and sharing that excitement with everyone you know. You know how the saying goes, “the more the marrier,” something that can be applied to weddings!  

There is not the right way to celebrate one of the happiest moments of your life. A lot of people dream about a huge wedding for when they are kids, but some dream about a small, intimate ceremony on a small island, or even in their backyard garden. There are pros and cons to both ways; it all depends on how you define a perfect wedding day.  

More time for romantic photos as the day is less structured

Who is Nadin Dunnigan - Wedding Photographer in Edinburgh

Hey, I am Nadin! (same as "Nadine" - just without the "e"). I am a wedding photographer in Edinburgh, Scotland, specialising in big family weddings in Edinburgh, Scotland, and internationally. I have photographed so many weddings, and it is my mission to help couples with planning their dream wedding. Any questions I come across repeatedly - either in person or online, I will pop in here and provide more insight.

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