A wedding of about 50 or less is technically considered small, though many consider anything below 100 to be a small wedding. The beauty of having a short guest list is getting to have a small wedding reception. Some of the most quaint spots for weddings are designated small wedding venues, and you are pretty much unlimited when it comes to where you can have your wedding. Here are some things to think about with a small wedding reception:
- Remember that you do not necessarily have to have dinner and dancing. Some venues—such as a small tea house and garden in Southern California—may lend itself more to dessert and coffee, or an elegant cocktail party outdoors. However, if you do have dancing, standard etiquette says that you need to serve a substantial meal. The two typically go together when weddings are concerned.
- If you are having a small wedding, do not sacrifice elegance and attention to detail. You still want to make sure that the flowers are beautiful, the venue is classy, and that the food is delicious. Also, make sure that the venue has high standards of cleanliness. If you have your reception at a restaurant, make sure that it is conducive to wedding parties (for example, ask what their cake cutting/plating policy is).