How to Plan a Small and Intimate Wedding

How to Plan a Small and Intimate Wedding | The Maharani Diaries

Photography: Neiyo | Florals: Foxy Evergreen | Venue: Panama Dining Room | Style, concept, design: The Maharani Diaries

A lot has changed in the wedding industry since Covid wreaked havoc with our lives and it comes as no surprise that the small and intimate wedding is here to stay for the duration of this global pandemic.

As we adapt to this ‘new normal’ or whatever you want to call it, there is still hope. First of all, you can still plan a wedding. Yay! Wedding planning never stops and you will have the wedding of your dreams, I am certain.

Understandably, it is quite a difficult point in time with so many of our brides and grooms currently struggling to find answers to their questions. When and will we be able to get married according to our original plans? How can we enjoy ourselves without dancing or mingling? Should we opt for a micro wedding?

Today I’m about to help guide you with your decision making. Read on to learn how you can plan a small and intimate wedding during these uncertain times.

Hire a Wedding Planner to keep things Under Budget

I get it. No one wants to worry about their personal finances during a global pandemic. So how do you manage a budget for a small and intimate wedding? The answer quite simply is to hire a wedding planner.

One of the biggest pros for brides and grooms planning a small and intimate wedding right now, is that there are plenty of budget friendly options. Yes! Believe it or not, you can plan a beautiful Pinterest-worthy wedding for under $10k.

Hosting a small and intimate wedding rules out a lot of details and aspects for you and I understand that the 3 or 4 day wedding celebration will not be as glitzy or glamorous as you had once expected, but think of the possibilities.

There are a number of incredible group of wedding pros that can pull off a magical celebration for you. I for one am all about providing an out of the box experience, so let’s not hold back with the décor especially.

A wedding planner can actually help you set a budget and most importantly take the stress out of planning.

Invite Fewer Guests

Celebrate your nuptials with only your nearest and dearest.

If you’ve been looking through your guest list and you are seriously having doubts about inviting those work colleagues or relatives that you haven’t seen in years, then a small wedding is definitely for you.

By reducing guest list numbers, it’s less overwhelming for you and your partner. Chances are as well that guests who are present at your wedding are most likely to already know each other.

Scale back your plans and create a personalised experience for you and your guests.

Keep it Personal

Here’s an opportunity to design a wedding that you want with design aesthetics that reflect your style and personality.

A wedding planner or stylist can help you capture that narrative with gorgeous florals or unique touches to signify you and your partner’s relationship.

Not to also forget that photographers are lovers of small weddings. With one photographer present, they can truly capture all those special moments that can often be lost with a wedding over 300 people for example.

How to Plan a Small and Intimate Wedding | The Maharani Diaries

Choose a Gram-Worthy Location

Location, location, location! Weddings 2020 and beyond seem to be all about the “gram-worthy” location, right?

Ever thought about hosting a wedding at a venue you’ve come across on an Instagram search, only to then realise that it’s too small to accommodate a wedding that you actually envisaged? Now is your chance to create Instagram-envy memories for you and your life partner.

Perhaps it isn’t about the ‘gram though and you just want to keep it simple and meaningful and above all, intimate. We are so fortunate down under to have such stunning wedding locations and venues. Regional parts of Australia such as Hunter Valley, Macedon Ranges and tropical North Queensland provide beautiful natural backdrops for outdoor or indoor weddings.

We also have gorgeous, secluded, inner-city industrial style venues in suburbs such as Fitzroy in Melbourne or how about the quintessential rustic estates in Adelaide Hills?

Not to also forget that the at-home micro wedding is becoming increasingly popular with couples too. Having your wedding festivities at home provides greater flexibility. If you are particular about styling though, it’s important to factor this into your budget. Decorating a wedding at home often requires more logistics and a team to build something magical and should Covid restrictions change in your state or country, do please keep this in mind.

It’s not easy to pinpoint when exactly the restrictions for weddings will lift, but for now, it’s a good idea to consider a small (aka micro wedding) or an intimate wedding celebration.

Do you have any other tips or advice about planning an intimate wedding to share? Let us know in the comments below!

If you need some direction with your wedding planning, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Stay safe!

8 replies
    • Poonam
      Poonam says:

      Thank you Pallavi. My heart goes out to you and all suppliers in our industry, all over the globe. I resonate. Take care and we will get through this. I’m sure.

  1. DJ Hire Adelaide
    DJ Hire Adelaide says:

    I appreciate you taking the time to compile all of this information and share it with us. As we adjust to this “new normal,” or whatever you want to call it, we may still hold on to optimism. A wedding can still be planned, for starters. Yay! Planning a wedding is an ongoing process, but I have no doubt that you will have the wedding of your dreams. Understandably, it is quite a tough point in time with so many of our brides and grooms currently seeking to find answers to their questions. When can we get married, and will it be possible to follow our original timeline? Without dancing and interacting, how can we have fun? Should we have a small ceremony? I’m here to offer some advice on making a choice today. Continue reading to find out how you may organize a small, private ceremony despite the current political climate. This is a fantastic piece, and you should keep writing more.


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