Whether you want a private wedding with only close friends and family present to save money or you just don't like large celebrations, there are options available for you. You can make your wedding day perfect on a small scale without sacrificing style or atmosphere.
Sit down with your fiancé and decide how many guests to invite, if any. Make sure you both agree on the number and don't let others pressure you into changing.
Choose a location for your wedding. Since you don't have to plan for a large number of guests, you have more choices. A church is fine but many small weddings feature a special spot; a beach, a mountainside, a private home or an arbor covered in roses. The sky is the limit so spend some time deciding on a place that is just right for you.
Explain your reasoning to the friends and family members you will exclude. Write a gracious note to everyone who may feel left out, telling him or her why you chose a small private ceremony instead of a large wedding and mail it so that it arrives when you're on your honeymoon.
Keep your plans low-key if you're excluding close friends. If they find out ahead of time, they may pressure you for an invitation. If you will be inviting a select group of friends, request that they keep the plans private, as well.
Enjoy your day. Your wedding is all about you and your new spouse. By having a small private wedding, you can wear what you want, eat what you want and go wherever you choose. Make the day special for the two of you and have fun.