Small Wedding, Big Space to Fill?

I’ve published a few blogs recently to try to help couples plan elopements and smaller celebrations for a much more intimate wedding, and a common question that’s come up is ‘how do we make a big space feel intimate?’.  Understandable, when couples were perhaps originally looking at 80-100 guests, then had to drop that to 30, and now 15 guests.  The good news is that this number cap doesn’t include suppliers this time.  And 15 is still a great number to help you celebrate!  (Imagine having 15 people over to your house for dinner, that’s still plenty for a party, right?!) 

But even couples who have changed venue and location, still want to create a more intimate and cosy vibe – so I’ve got a few easy ways you can achieve that below…


Photo by Joasis Photography from Esther + Martin’s wedding we worked together on


Details that will make your space feel intimate, soft, warm, cosy, and comfy: 

  • Lots of flowers
  • Cascading greenery
  • Olive trees to break up the height and space in the venue
  • Balloons to also break up the height and space in the venue  
  • Soft seating
  • Cushions
  • Rugs (aisle, cosy corner, bar, etc)
  • Fairy lights/festoon lights
  • Real and electric candles
  • Material flags for stationery
  • Hanging drapes
  • Soft loose/ruffled material table runners and/or elegant draped tablecloths
  • Gold and brass details rather than silver


Flowers and Greenery: 

  • Faux greenery is a great option for extra cascading greenery or centrepieces and will save you a fortune compared to real – just accent with real flowers on top.  A very cost-effective option for adding lots of greenery compared to entirely real foliage (ask your florist).
  • Hired olive trees work to add some easy but impactful greenery throughout – and would help to enclose any larger space and making it seem cosier (ask your florist).


Styling Tips: 

  • Add bespoke lighting!  Be clever and do invest in some extra/decent lighting to create the atmosphere you want for an intimate wedding
  • Add soft music to create ambience  
  • Work with heights as well as floor space
  • Add soft furnishings and soft materials:  A material flag or hanging drape for your table plan or stationery would work well to add some softness and keep the atmosphere warm, as well as cushions, throws and other comfy details



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