It takes time and consideration to plan a small wedding for 25 guests. Limiting the guest list can create a more joyful atmosphere, as the guests are there to offer their love and support. The bride and groom will also have more time to spend celebrating with each guest in the intimate atmosphere allowed by a small wedding. A smaller wedding does not necessarily mean a smaller budget, though it does mean the happy couple can splurge on the things that matter most to them.
Sit down and decide, as a couple, which 25 people you want to invite to your wedding. This may take some compromising for both of you. Choose those closest to the two of you, and be prepared to omit some guests who may be semi-close.
Select the venue. By inviting only 25 guests you will have a variety of choices, such as a destination wedding in a tropical paradise, a bed-and-breakfast, small chapel, rustic cabin, private club, home, backyard and public places, such as a park, lake or beach.
Plan the ceremony to include all of your guests. Each guest could recite a quote or memory as they light a candle or read a favorite poem. The guests in attendance will likely be those who know the couple most intimately and would enjoy being included in the ceremony.
Pick out items for the ceremony, such as flowers, decorations, music, a photographer and videographer, as well as any special poems, verses or quotes you want read.
Decide where and what type of reception you'd like to have. It can take place where the ceremony is held, the couple's favorite restaurant or at someone's home.
Plan a menu. With only 25 guests, you may be able to splurge on a six-course meal. On the other hand, a potluck get-together may be more your style.
Determine if you want a homemade wedding cake, or purchase one from a bakery. Choose your favorite flavor and decorations that complement your wedding theme or color scheme.
A small wedding allows the couple to have a fantasy wedding at a reduced cost.
Consider giving family and friends a copy of the wedding on DVD.
Splurge on the favors so they have special meaning to your guests.
Be prepared to explain to some relatives and friends why they weren't invited to your wedding, as they may harbor hurt feelings for being omitted.
Pay careful attention to every detail, as details seldom go unnoticed at a small wedding.