Remember when Jim and Pam (on The Office) planned their wedding, but had a last-minute change of plans and eloped at Niagara Falls instead? And Jim and Pam wore ponchos, they got drenched with water, and they never looked happier? I was reminded of this magical moment when I flipped through Katie & Tim’s beautiful intimate wedding ceremony. It took place this past June in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and, Katie and Tim decided on a small, intimate wedding ceremony. Katie says an extravagant wedding was “not us” and they loved the opportunity to share the day with just a few close family members and friends. Read on to find out helpful tips for planning an intimate wedding and see a few snapshots from their wedding day. Enjoy!
Planning an Intimate Wedding? 5 Helpful Tips
1. Pick a Perfect Ceremony Location.
What do you envision for your ceremony? Katie and Tim recited vows in a local park, just a stone’s throw from their apartment. The park boasted picturesque views right on the water, with plenty of room for their guests.
2. Plan (+ have fun doing it!)
A wedding of any size requires a bit of planning. Katie enjoyed it by “keeping it a bit of a secret amongst just immediate families and some close friends. It made the whole experience feel more exciting and made even mundane wedding planning tasks that much more fun.”
3. Treat Guests to Dinner.
Instead of a large reception party, Katie and Tim opted for a delicious dinner at a local favorite restaurant (Ten Center Street). Their party of twenty celebrated the newlyweds with food, drinks, and conversation.
4. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.
Rain didn’t stop this couple from enjoying every second of their wedding day! A few days before the wedding, Katie and Tim bought umbrellas and rain boots in preparation of the rainy weather. You can’t stress over things you can’t change; take their advice and go with the flow.
5. Plan a Wedding That’s Right for You.
Your wedding day should be a reflection on you as a couple. Katie reflects, “Be who you are as a couple, and not what other people want you to be. It’s so easy to stress over making others happy – it’s impossible to please EVERYONE and it’s your day.” She also says, “Sometimes simple is better and having such a small, intimate group made it easier to not stress over every detail.”